November 16, 2011
Several weeks before Halloween retailers began the push for Christmas. While I don't watch TV commercials, I see by channel surfing here and there in evening down time, which isn't much, the Christmas commercials are running full speed.
Christmas is celebrated as the birth date of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Along the way, it has turned into a national spending frenzy with the pressure put on to spend long before you even buy your Thanksgiving turkey.
I am not out to change "the season", but as I do throughout the year, I ask you to please support American companies and jobs for Americans with your consumer dollars. The usual retort I get is you can't find Made in USA. That simply isn't true. You can and I do when I need to make a purchase. Granted, it takes longer than running down to a "big box" store like China Mart (Wal Mart) who long ago sold the soul of that company to our mortal enemy, the communist Chinese.
Don't buy the clever marketing about "free" trade bringing you "cheap" products. Yeah, they're cheap made by slave labor in communist China, but what are you really buying? Cheap sweaters with fur woven from dogs skinned alive. Oh, you won't read that on the label, but rest assured, that fur is found in sweaters, parkas and hats sold here in the U.S. How can that be? By shipping the fur to other barbaric countries and cheating on all the customs forms; the finished product ends up here on store shelves.
While I don't do a lot of shopping, I had the occasion to visit Dillard's Department Store in Midland, Texas recently. I walked around and looked at ladies dresses, sweaters and dress pants. The price tag for Made in China vs USA were virtually identical on the items I could compare. The difference being the garment Made in USA keeps an American employed.
The outlaws in the U.S. Senate recently approved yet another "free" trade agreement that will kill off more American jobs. Way back in 1994, I read, The Pooring of America: Competition & the Myth of Free Trade by Dr. Ravi Batra. An outstanding prediction of what was to hit America: free trade killing off nearly eight million good paying jobs since 1995. A couple of years ago I read another outstanding book, America's Protectionist Takeoff 1815-1914: The Neglected American School of Political Economy by Michael Hudson, quoting: "The lesson is to adopt the protectionist policies of the late 19th and early 20th centuries that made America an economic superpower".
Don't listen to the propaganda about how evil protectionism is when it comes to our most important job sectors: agriculture, manufacturing and industrial. "Free" trade has killed what made America the most prosperous debt free country in the history of the world. Now we are little more than beggars to third world and communist countries producing that which we used to produce and kept the money here in the U.S. Fair trade works for everyone. "Free" trade will continue to destroy our republic and further reduce our economy to service oriented penury. Instead of talk radio hosts spending their time beating Obama/Soetoro's dead legacy into the ground, how about getting Dr. Batra and Michael Hudson as guests and start educating the American people about this critical issue?
For almost ten years I've had a section on my web site, Made in USA, which lists American companies for free who manufacture their products here providing good jobs for Americans. (Sorry, I won't list companies that use sex to sell their products.) Before you buy "cheap" from some foreign country, won't you take the time to look and see if you can find what you need there? I have purchased many great products from the list including my hemp shower curtain; my husband has purchased toys for his little grand daughter made in America. The more we buy from American companies the more competitive their products become which makes them more affordable. If we won't even support Made in America how can anyone complain about no new jobs being created? [See How American's can buy American]
Every time I shop, the clerk asks if I've found everything I was looking for? I always tell them no because that's the way it's been since 1995. I tell them why: I will not sell out my country with my consumer dollar. I will not support communist regimes. I will and do go without if I can't find what I need made here in my country. Protectionist? Yes, and darn proud of it. Do I buy any products made outside the US? Sometimes, but usually from Scotland, New Zealand or Australia. I make the time to search for what I want instead of sitting glued to the propaganda machine called the TV, listening to the nightly ad nauseum regurgitation of beltway politics. Forget "sit-com's" or "reality" shows; never watched a single one in my life - except a few minutes for specific programs for research. Make me gag.
Sometimes I can't find what I need, so I use a search engine. Visit Made In USA Forever.com as they're always getting new products to list. Try eBay. I had to replace the worn out bathroom towels a couple of months ago so I went back to eBay where I purchased the old ones a couple years back. My purchase keeps Americans employed and I don't get cheap, I get quality. Be sure to read the fine print to make sure you're getting made in America. By the way, if you have old towels, please take time and drop them at your local humane society. Those are no kill facilities who receive no state, local or federal funding. They operate only on donations. Humane societies always need towels because those dedicated folks all across this country try to keep dogs and cats looking good for potential new owners. A small thing but means so much for the critters!
An email friend sent me this useful information:
"For everyone who is concerned about the source of the products they buy - Always read the labels on the foods you buy. No matter what the front of the box or package says, turn it over and read the back. With all the food and pet products now coming from China, it is best to make sure you read label at the grocery store and especially Walmart when buying food products.
"Many products no longer show where they were made, only give where the distributor is located. It is important to read the bar code to track it's origin. How to read Bar Codes. This is our right to know, but the government and related departments never educate the public. Therefore we have to RESCUE ourselves. Nowadays, Chinese businessmen know that consumers do not prefer products "Made In China", so they don't show from which country it is made.
"However, you may now refer to the barcode - remember if the first 3 digits are: 690-692 ... then it is Made in China; 00 - 09 ... USA & Canada; 30 - 37- France; 40 - 44 - Germany; 471 - Taiwan; 49 - Japan; 50 - UK"
Dog food from commie China is particularly harmful to your beloved pets. A ton of prescription medication is made by the communists (China). Ask your doctor or call the pharmaceutical company before you put it in your body.
Approximately 23 MILLION Americans are without jobs. This is the time of the year when it becomes very difficult for families with all the pressure to buy. People are embarrassed because they don't have anything left at the end of the month, never mind buying a van load of Christmas presents. I don't know who to give credit for authoring the piece below, but that email has been sent to me a hundred times the past month. I think it has wonderful suggestions, so I'm passing it along to you, dear readers:
Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition
"As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories have been kicked into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse ......that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!
"It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?
"Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?
"Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.
"Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.
"Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down the Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.
"There are a bazillion locally owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home-town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.
"How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?
"Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning company or person for a day.
"My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.
"OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes, & furniture.
"Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play, concert, sporting event or ballet at your hometown theatre.
"Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.
"A gift basket made up of locally baked cookies, muffins, cheese or an America wine?
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"Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of lights, about twenty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.
"Donate a case of food to the local food bank or, better yet volunteer to help at a local food kitchen for a day.
"You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine. THIS is the new American Christmas. Spread the Christmas cheer!"
and lost American jobs
2 - Head Of Obama’s Jobs Council, Is Moving Jobs And Economic Infrastructure To China At A Blistering Pace
3 - The Arrogant Corruption Of The U.S. Congress
I have had exactly two Coke soft drinks in my life; don't like the taste of soft drinks. Perhaps you will develop a distate, too:
4 - Coke CEO Blasts U.S., Praises China, Russia
5 - U.S. Congress, Obama/Soetoro are Anti-American Jobs
I wrote the column below in May 2010. In Nov. 2010, the people of this country reelected 86% of the same crooks, cowards and criminals back to the U.S. Congress:
6 - Re-electing the Band Aid Brigade
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Devvy Kidd authored the booklets, Why A Bankrupt America and Blind Loyalty; 2 million copies sold. Devvy appears on radio shows all over the country. She left the Republican Party in 1996 and has been an independent voter ever since. Devvy isn't left, right or in the middle; she is a constitutionalist who believes in the supreme law of the land, not some political party.
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