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