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55 Reasons Why You Should Buy Products That Are Made In America This Holiday Season
TEC ^ | 11/20/2012 | Michael Snyder

Posted on 11/20/2012 12:25:49 PM PST by SeekAndFind

By Michael, on November 19th, 2012

This is the time of the year when Americans run out to their favorite retail stores and fill up their shopping carts with lots of cheap plastic crap made by workers in foreign countries where it is legal to pay slave labor wages. By doing this, the American people are actively participating in the destruction of the U.S. economy. You see, buying products that are made in America is not just a matter of national pride. It is a matter of national survival. If we do not support American workers, they are going to continue to see their jobs shipped out of the country. If we do not support American businesses, they are going to continue to die off at a staggering rate. Last year, the United States had a trade deficit with the rest of the world of 558 billion dollars. More than half a trillion dollars that could have gone into the pockets of U.S. workers and U.S. businesses went overseas instead. If that money had stayed in the country, taxes would have been paid on that mountain of cash and our local, state and federal government debt problems would not be as severe. As a result of our massive trade imbalance, we have lost tens of thousands of businesses, millions of jobs and trillions of dollars of national wealth. Both major political parties have sold us out on these issues, and we are getting poorer as a nation with each passing day. We desperately need a resurgence of economic patriotism in the United States before it is too late.

Yes, I know that it is very tempting to buy foreign-made products. After all, they are almost always cheaper.

But most people don't often think about why they are cheaper.

Unfortunately, in the name of "free trade" American workers have been merged into a global labor pool where they have to compete directly for jobs with workers on the other side of the globe that live in countries where it is legal to pay slave labor wages. This makes employing American workers a tremendous liability.

If a company hires you and pays you 10 to 15 dollars an hour with benefits, how is it going to compete with another company that pays workers a dollar an hour with no benefits on the other side of the planet?

Both major political parties are pushing this emerging "one world economic system", but it is absolutely killing American jobs. We have already seen a mass exodus of jobs and businesses out of this country, and wages for the jobs that remain in the United States are being forced down because there are hordes of unemployed workers that are willing to take just about any decent job they can find.

It has become painfully obvious that our politicians are not going to do anything to help us on these issues, so what we need is a mass awakening among the American people.

We need to educate people that buying things that are made in America is good for the economy and that buying things that are made elsewhere is bad for the economy.

But for now, most Americans are clueless. They will line up on Black Friday morning and trample one another in a desperate attempt to save a few bucks on cheap plastic devices that were made on the other side of the planet.

And they will pay for much of this "shopping" with credit cards.

Credit card debt is on the rise once again. In fact, average credit card debt per borrower was 4.9 percent higher in the third quarter of 2012 than it was in the third quarter of 2011. It looks like most of us didn't learn our lessons from the last financial crisis.

But not all Americans enjoy the shopping that is typically involved with this time of the year. One recent survey found that approximately 45 percent of all Americans think that there is so much financial pressure associated with the holidays that they wouldn't mind skipping them completely.

That same poll found that approximately 41 percent of all Americans would only be able to survive for two weeks without a paycheck. Many Americans are up to their eyeballs in debt, their incomes are not keeping up with rising prices, and they find themselves scratching and clawing just to make it from month to month.

Meanwhile, we continue to destroy our own jobs and businesses by spending our money on products that have been made outside the country.

The following are 55 reasons why you should buy products that are made in America this holiday season...

1. When you buy products that are made in America you support American workers.

2. When you buy products that are made in America you support companies that are doing business in America.

3. In 2000, there were more than 17 million Americans working in manufacturing, but now there are less than 12 million.

4. The United States has a trade imbalance that is more than 7 times larger than any other nation on earth has.

5. Our trade deficit with China in 2011 was $295.5 billion. That was the largest trade deficit that one country has had with another country in the history of the planet.

6. In 2011, our trade deficit with China was 28 times larger than it was back in 1990 and more than 49,000 times larger than it was back in 1985.

7. When NAFTA was passed in 1993, the United States had a trade surplus with Mexico of 1.6 billion dollars. In 2010, we had a trade deficit with Mexico of 61.6 billion dollars.

8. One professor has estimated that cutting the U.S. trade deficit in half would create 5 million more jobs in the United States.

9. Overall, the United States has run a trade deficit of more than 8 trillion dollars with the rest of the globe since 1975. That 8 trillion dollars could have gone to support U.S. businesses and pay the wages of U.S. workers. Federal, state and local taxes would also have been paid on that 8 trillion dollars if it had stayed in the United States.

10. According to the Economic Policy Institute, America is losing half a million jobs to China every single year.

11. The United States has lost an average of approximately 50,000 manufacturing jobs a month since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001.

12. According to U.S. Representative Betty Sutton, the United States has lost an average of 15 manufacturing facilities a day over the last 10 years.

13. During 2010 alone, an average of 23 manufacturing facilities permanently shut down in the United States every single day.

14. Overall, the United States has lost more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities since 2001.

15. The United States has lost a staggering 32 percent of its manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.

16. Between December 2000 and December 2010, 38 percent of the manufacturing jobs in Ohio were lost, 42 percent of the manufacturing jobs in North Carolina were lost and 48 percent of the manufacturing jobs in Michigan were lost.

17. As I have written about previously, 95 percent of the jobs lost during the last recession were middle class jobs.

18. Due in part to the globalization of the labor pool, only about 24 percent of all jobs in the United States are "good jobs" at this point.

19. Right now, more than 41 percent of all working age Americans do not have a job, and the vast majority of the new jobs that are being created are low paying jobs.

20. The United States now has 10 percent fewer "middle class jobs" than it did just ten years ago.

21. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the U.S. economy loses approximately 9,000 jobs for every $1 billion of goods that are imported from overseas.

22. As our economic infrastructure is gutted, formerly great manufacturing cities all over America are being transformed into festering hellholes.

23. Between 2001 and 2007, the value of products that Wal-Mart imported from China grew from $9 billion to $27 billion.

24. In 2001, American consumers spent 102 billion dollars on products made in China. In 2011, American consumers spent 399 billion dollars on products made in China.

25. The United States spends about 4 dollars on goods and services from China for every one dollar that China spends on goods and services from the United States.

26. Back in 1998, the United States had 25 percent of the world’s high-tech export market and China had just 10 percent. Today, China’s high-tech exports are more than twice the size of U.S. high-tech exports.

27. In 2002, the United States had a trade deficit in "advanced technology products" of $16 billion with the rest of the world. In 2010, that number skyrocketed to $82 billion.

28. The United States has lost more than a quarter of all of its high-tech manufacturing jobs over the past ten years.

29. Manufacturing employment in the U.S. computer industry was actually lower in 2010 than it was in 1975.

30. The Chinese undervalue their currency by about 40 percent in order to gain a critical advantage over foreign competitors. This means that many Chinese companies are able to absolutely thrive while their competition in the United States goes out of business.

31. According to the New York Times, a Jeep Grand Cherokee that costs $27,490 in the United States costs about $85,000 in China thanks to all the tariffs.

32. In 2010, China produced more than twice as many automobiles as the United States did.

33. Since the auto industry bailout, approximately 70 percent of all GM vehicles have been built outside the United States.

34. Do you remember when the United States was the dominant manufacturer of automobiles and trucks on the globe? Well, in 2010 the U.S. ran a trade deficit in automobiles, trucks and parts of $110 billion.

35. In 2010, South Korea exported 12 times as many automobiles, trucks and parts to us as we exported to them.

36. In 2010, China produced 627 million metric tons of steel. The United States only produced 80 million metric tons of steel.

37. In 2010, China produced 7.3 million metric tons of cotton. The United States only produced 3.4 million metric tons of cotton.

38. Today, China produces nearly twice as much beer as the United States does.

39. 85 percent of all artificial Christmas trees are made in China.

40. Right now, China is producing more than three times as much coal as the United States does.

41. China is now the number one supplier of components that are critical to the operation of U.S. defense systems. How stupid can we possibly be?

42. According to author Clyde Prestowitz, China’s number one export to the U.S. is computer equipment. According to an article in U.S. News & World Report, during 2010 the number one U.S. export to China was “scrap and trash”.

43. All over the United States, road and bridge projects are being outsourced to Chinese firms. Just check out the following excerpt from a recent ABC News article....

In New York there is a $400 million renovation project on the Alexander Hamilton Bridge.

In California, there is a $7.2 billion project to rebuild the Bay Bridge connecting San Francisco and Oakland.

In Alaska, there is a proposal for a $190 million bridge project.

These projects sound like steps in the right direction, but much of the work is going to Chinese government-owned firms.

"When we subsidize jobs in China, we're not creating any wealth in the United States," said Scott Paul, executive director for the Alliance for American Manufacturing.

44. The new World Trade Center tower is going to include glass that has been imported from China.

45. The new Martin Luther King memorial on the National Mall was made in China.

46. The Chinese economy has grown 7 times faster than the U.S. economy has over the past decade.

47. The Chinese economy is projected to be larger than the U.S. economy by 2016.

48. One economist is projecting that the Chinese economy will be three times larger than the U.S. economy by the year 2040.

49. In recent years the U.S. economy has embraced "free trade" and the emerging one world economy like never before. Instead of increasing the number of jobs in our economy, it has resulted in the worst stretch of job creation in the United States in modern history....

If any single number captures the state of the American economy over the last decade, it is zero. That was the net gain in jobs between 1999 and 2009—nada, nil, zip. By painful contrast, from the 1940s through the 1990s, recessions came and went, but no decade ended without at least a 20 percent increase in the number of jobs.

50. If you gathered together all of the workers that are "officially" unemployed in the United States today, they would constitute the 68th largest country in the world.

51. China now holds approximately more than a trillion dollars of U.S. government debt. If you were alive back when Jesus was born and you had spent a million dollars every single day since then, you still would not have spent that much money by now.

52. Jeffrey Immelt, the head of Barack Obama's highly touted "Jobs Council", has shipped tens of thousands of good jobs out of the United States.

53. Without enough good jobs, more Americans than ever before are falling into poverty. Today, more than 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one welfare program run by the federal government.

54. According to Professor Alan Blinder of Princeton University, 40 million more U.S. jobs could be sent offshore over the next two decades if current trends continue.

55. If U.S. consumers do not start supporting U.S. workers and U.S. businesses, eventually we will all be so poor that very few of us will be able to afford to buy any gifts during the holiday season.



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Society
KEYWORDS: christmas; holiday; madeinamerica; unionsthugs

1 posted on 11/20/2012 12:25:59 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Buy Obamamerican? no thanks. I’m not paying more of my hard earned dollars and reducing my standard of living to support lavish lifestyles for union thugs.


2 posted on 11/20/2012 12:30:26 PM PST by Daveinyork (."Trusting government with power and money is like trusting teenaged boys with whiskey and car keys,)
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To: SeekAndFind
Well, here you go then: Made In America Store

And right here in Elma, NY (suburb of Buffalo)

3 posted on 11/20/2012 12:38:38 PM PST by mc5cents
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To: SeekAndFind

Absolutely staggering regulations from unelected government officials & agencies along with the highest corporate tax rate in the world are what force companies to FLEE America just to survive are the dynamic here & have been since the 70s. Wages are a small factor in mass production!


4 posted on 11/20/2012 12:45:06 PM PST by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: SeekAndFind

I tried to but Hostess cupcakes today but couldn’t find any. I wonder if those jobs were “shipped out of the country”


5 posted on 11/20/2012 12:57:48 PM PST by wny
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To: SeekAndFind
countries where it is legal to pay slave labor wages

My understanding is that slaves don't get wages.
I spent many years buying American made shabby products in union shops with overpaid workers. Never drove anything excerpt GM products.

Now I'm retired and living on a fixed income and I have to be more selective. I am more concerned with getting the best quality I can get for my money.

If Americans with all of our great technology and superior experience can't compete with slaves shipping products from the other side of the world, don't lay it on me.

6 posted on 11/20/2012 12:58:17 PM PST by oldbrowser (Welcome to U.S.Zimbabwe)
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To: SeekAndFind
By doing this, the American people are actively participating in the destruction of the U.S. economy.

They did that on November 6th.

I will not shoulder the blame for trying to save every penny I can before the seemingly inevitable collapse.

I will also not feel bad for liberal scum that thought socialism would work.
7 posted on 11/20/2012 1:04:12 PM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: Daveinyork
" I’m not paying more of my hard earned dollars and reducing my standard of living to support lavish lifestyles for union thugs"

That's what I say when I catch flack about my Honda Accord. (made in Alabama, non union) When non union American makers can engineer and build a car that never leaks, runs forever and doesn't break down or have the interior fall apart like crap, then maybe I would reconsider. But I'm keeping this car. It's been running since 1998 with not one single problem--ever. And I could park it on a carpet and not worry about leaking.

Back to the topic: almost everything is made in a 3rd world country. Was shopping for brand name western boots: most of them Made In China. LOL but sad.

If we just decided to never do business with commies in general, we'd probably be doing without a lot of stuff.

8 posted on 11/20/2012 1:05:51 PM PST by two23
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To: SeekAndFind

The ONLY American-made product I will knowingly buy is one that is Made in USA by NON-UNION WORKERS.


9 posted on 11/20/2012 1:08:17 PM PST by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Quick, someone get me one of them EBT cards so I can afford to buy union-made American products /sarc.-sort of


10 posted on 11/20/2012 1:57:02 PM PST by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: oldbrowser
I only drive Chevrolet. I've owned a 71 Monte, a 73 Camaro, a 2005 Suburban, and a 96 Silverado and a 91 Lumina minivan. I like to find a brand I like and stick with it. I am very VERY brand loyal and will pay extra for it...until you screw me.

My current truck is an 2004 Z71 Silverado that I've had since 2004. I had to replace nearly every component of the front end at least once.....both hub assemblies, the half-shaft, etc. And I don't abuse the truck nor do any heavy off-roading. 65000 miles and it became one thing after another.

I've replaced the idler arm THREE times, and I've also had to replace the transfer case.

The truck eats alternators like candy; I'm on my third.

The "premium" Bose surround sound 6 disc stereo system that is supposed to be tested and graded at the factory? GARBAGE!!! I had to have it removed. When it was "under warranty" I tried to have the stereo replaced; Shitvy said it wasn't covered under them and that I had to go to BOSE. BOSE said they didn't cover them as the stereos were subcontracted out to a different company. I ran into a BOSE rep at a trade show. I explained the situation and asked him if he had heard of any problems; his was response was "BOSE doesn't sub-contract." Even though I had contacted BOSE several times previously and had been told it was subcontracted. BOSE is another "made in the USA" company I will not support.

This is all on top of the the recall on the instrument cluster. The recall GM took their sweet time announcing. Which, the replacement cluster is crap too; there is a split diode so the gear indicator doesn't light up and my "ABS" idiot light sometimes comes on and sometimes goes off.....no issues with the ABS.

The thermostat for the climate control is garbage when you spin the dial, sometimes the temps increase/decrease the way you want and sometimes they do the opposite. Sometimes it just moves between the number you were on and the next number higher, back and forth back and forth.

I had to have the a/c completely re-done.

Even now, the the heater has a hard time blowing the floorboards AND the panel vents. If you want any kind of air it is one or the other, but not both.

The auto dimming mirrors work; sometimes.

The driver side marker light burns out every 10K miles.

The memory select seats only remember all the way forward, all the way down, no shoulder support, and no lumbar support.....no matter how many times you set them to "remember" something else; this is what it returns to.

Now that it is Government Motors, I certainly do NOT expect quality has improved.

I used to be a diehard Chevy fan.......but it is time to just let Chevy die hard. I have purchased my last vehicle from them.

I wish Nissan or Toyota would make a 2500 Series Diesel pickup.

11 posted on 11/20/2012 2:02:49 PM PST by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded.)
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To: SeekAndFind

As a wise fellow said on CNBC:

“China has central planning by engineers, mathematicians, and scientists, and the US has central planning by lawyers.

Neither is good, but under those game rules, they’re going to win.”


12 posted on 11/20/2012 2:04:09 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: SeekAndFind
I'm happy to buy "Made in America" as long as the product is not Union made.

I do not support in any way, any business, individual, or organization that actively works to undermine my God given rights as a United States Citizen via their strong-arm political tactics, period.

In fact, if I came across a UAW worker (or any other Union worker) that was on fire and I really needed to relieve myself after stumbling out of a bar, I wouldn't piss on the b@stard to put him out.

13 posted on 11/20/2012 2:04:09 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Repeat Offender
My current truck is an 2004 Z71 Silverado that I've had since 2004. I had to replace nearly every component of the front end at least once.....both hub assemblies, the half-shaft, etc. And I don't abuse the truck nor do any heavy off-roading. 65000 miles and it became one thing after another.

Sounds just like my 2003 GMC Envoy Denali. I replaced the front suspension for the third time at 64,000 miles. It's never been off-road (who'd take this thing off-road?) and gets driven typically less than 20 miles a day, with the occasional road trip to the cabin up north.

I swear to almighty God I'm never buying another piece of GM sh*t again.

14 posted on 11/20/2012 2:07:27 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: usconservative
I'm never buying another piece of GM sh*t again.

"Look for the Union label ..." /s

15 posted on 11/20/2012 2:16:05 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Remember the Heroic SEALs of Benghazi and DEMAND a Full Accounting!!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Best thing to do is not buy anything and accelerate the Cloward-Piven plan to overwhelm the system.

After it's overwhelmed, we overwhelm Ubama and his flying monkeys and remake the country in our own image, not theirs.

May they rest in peace.

16 posted on 11/20/2012 2:31:22 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Products made in America by Union Workers, are not supporting America.

Workers in America who are Union Workers, are at best Socialists, and at worst Communists, at this time most Unions are at worst.


17 posted on 11/20/2012 2:46:37 PM PST by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: two23

My car is a Chrysler, and I have no idea where it was made. Mostly, when I buy something, I do not look at where it was made. I look at the quality, the price, the warranty, etc.


18 posted on 11/20/2012 2:54:39 PM PST by Daveinyork (."Trusting government with power and money is like trusting teenaged boys with whiskey and car keys,)
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To: SeekAndFind

Did my Christmas shopping for the grandchildren here:

www.holgatetoy.com

Lovely well-made wooden toys. No batteries needed.


19 posted on 11/20/2012 3:00:44 PM PST by Bigg Red (Sorry, Mr. Franklin, I guess we couldn't keep it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Another American company where I bought a Christmas gift:

www.guillow.com

They sell hobby models.


20 posted on 11/20/2012 3:02:58 PM PST by Bigg Red (Sorry, Mr. Franklin, I guess we couldn't keep it.)
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To: Daveinyork

Yes, same here. I didn’t really notice where my card was made until I looked at the sticker in the door one day.
I’m mostly driving the 1 cylinder now (125cc scooter)
FReegards!
and I hope you have a real nice Thanksgiving.


21 posted on 11/20/2012 3:14:57 PM PST by two23
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To: SeekAndFind

With this election I noticed it seems to be every man for himself. So, why buy American? I mean, most of the jobs that can be outsourced are Obama voter type of jobs. It would please me to find more of them out of work. Heck, I am already paying for most of their care as it is since many of them don’t pay income taxes and I pay more taxes than they make. So, who cares if they get hurt? We’re doomed anyway and if I need final preps at a low cost I will seek the best price. American “workers” be damned. Besides, those workers were the ones places like Wal-Mart targeted with cheap imports in the first place years ago. It hurt their own jobs but they were too stupid to see that.


22 posted on 11/20/2012 3:21:24 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: SeekAndFind
38. Today, China produces nearly twice as much beer as the United States does.

Gross.

23 posted on 11/20/2012 3:33:09 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Bathhouse Barry wants YOU to bend over for another four years)
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To: SeekAndFind

Union guys don’t call union guys to service their homes, they prefer non-union.


24 posted on 11/20/2012 5:41:59 PM PST by ansel12 (The only Senate seat GOP pick up was the Palin endorsed Deb Fischer’s successful run in Nebraska)
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To: SeekAndFind

The greatest gift we can give is our time. Instead of unneeded trinkets which will be stored away or discarded give your parents and/or your children a picnic in the park. Give your spouse a dinner out (or fix a special dinner for her/him yourself). Take your young children to a historical place, or family cemetery, and teach them something about their heritage. Spend a day with your elderly mother by taking her to church and then a drive in the country. Create a moment in time the recipient will remember long after a trinket will be forgotten. Smile, laugh, and love reconnecting to someone who is dear to you.

A gift of one’s time or labor will not only be special to the recipient, it will help starve the chain stores who no longer recognize Christ. It will deny government the tax revenue extracted from store transaction. Finally it will allow you to shepherd your financial resources for the much tougher economic conditions we know are coming. No doubt our Lord will approve and be honored by your actions in memory of him.


25 posted on 11/20/2012 7:06:07 PM PST by Soul of the South
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To: SeekAndFind

We have seen now, that the war on employees helps democrats.

It is time to bring back US jobs.

Now.


26 posted on 11/20/2012 7:07:57 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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