A smart and easy course of action

2013-03-02T18:33:00Z A smart and easy course of action Napa Valley Register
March 02, 2013 6:33 pm

Are you tired of hearing about our quarreling, badly functioning government? Irritated by the holes and ruts in your street? Confounded by the percentage of the budget that goes to the military? Frustrated by the feeling that your voice is unheard, and your wishes and vote go nowhere?

Here’s an idea that may bring real changes in corporate action, increase employment, and greatly reduce your feeling of helplessness: Do not buy any item, food, apparel, household gadget, or driving machine not specifically labeled “Made in the USA.”

I know, I too salivate for a Toyota Prius. But hold off. Catalogs are awash with overpriced clothes made in sweatshops in Asia and elsewhere. Grocery stores feature goodies from countries where inspections for cleanliness and freshness are minimal.

How much of what that foreign car costs remains in the United States? Will what you buy cost more? Be inconvenient? I doubt it. Not in the long run.

Those $100 sweatpants were made by someone earning poverty wages, while markups are unbelievable. Some catalogs have wised up and no longer state whether an item is imported or made in the United States.

Don’t buy any item or household gadget, or driving machine, not specifically labeled “Made in the USA.” Corporate America will get the message, and will hopefully bring manufacturing back to America.

Each consumer can make his or her voice heard and make a difference. Why not try it?

Charlotte Stark / Napa

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  1. rocketman
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    rocketman - March 02, 2013 7:07 pm
    Excellent points Charlotte, but when BHO put many people in financial distress, they are going to buy what they can afford.......not to be concerned as to where it was made.....
  2. publiusa
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    publiusa - March 02, 2013 8:20 pm
    Explain to me why every Obama-Biden election sticker was on a Prius, Honda, Lexus , Toyota - or some other foreign made car. I've never seen a liberal driving a Ford, the only real American car company.
  3. kevin
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    kevin - March 02, 2013 8:29 pm


    And how exactly will this make our government suddenly become functional? How will this this change the military budget or reduce the number of potholes in the streets?

    I must be missing something...
  4. glenroy
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    glenroy - March 03, 2013 10:49 am
    Yeah well if anyone would point to defense spending before the trillions of dollars Obama wasted, his joy and happiness of adding tens of millions to the public dole, the hundreds of billions liberal Wall Street Investment Bankers ‘were rewarded with by congressional liberals…. not too much of clue.
    I’ve always bought American where possible….but with the alliance between public and private unions at the cost of the wage earning public who are being CRUSHED… I care less...today we buy nonunion American products first and union only if that's all that's LEFT!
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