Buy American and Save Our Country

Assemblymember Marie Waldron Assemblymember Marie Waldron 14 Comments


Ever wonder what you can do to help save our country? Sure there are alot of things to do and many of us are already doing them. Taking part in Tea Parties, calling/writing our elected representatives, praying for our country and military, voting, teaching our kids about our history, Liberty and Constitutional Rights, etc. But there is one thing we can do every day that would make a big impact.

Buy American.

When you have a choice, spend a couple of extra bucks and buy the “Made in U.S.A.” shovel instead of the China model at Home Depot. It will last longer anyway. Save a few more American jobs and keep the profits home in our country.

China and other countries are kept afloat by our purchases. If we continue to by the Chinese or Indian or Pakistan-made products, we are working against our economy. Sure there is sales tax revenue from the purchase, but the profits ultimately go to another country. We could still get the sales tax when we buy American.

Sounds simple but I don’t see alot of effort on people’s part to look for the “Made in USA” tag. Start the New Year right and make a difference!


Comments 14

  1. I spent a little extra time finding an American-made
    Refrigerator, and the price was also quite fair.

    It has worked perfectly ever since, and needed no
    repairs of any kind… That was in 1997!

  2. I love your article. I try to buy American as much as possible as long as the quality is there. I always try to vote for the best candidate, whether I’m at the ballot box or the checkout counter. Something is not half the price when it breaks twice as quick. Quality is is extremely important! I drive a Ford Explorer and it has been very reliable and I enjoy driving it but when my wife needed a new SUV last year I bought her an Audi, after having to American made SUV’s as the Audi’s quality and performance was far superior to anything we saw on the domestic lots.

    I will take your story one step further though. I am an international businessman. I export commodities to Asia and the Middle East. I sell them stuff instead of just buying their stuff. Last year I shipped 30,000 containers, nearly 1 million tons, of US commodities over there. This helps me make friends with American farmers, positively contribute to the balance trade, albeit in a small way, and helps bring their dollars over to our side of the pond. I constantly challenge businesses to look at the international marketplace for opportunities. With the dollar as weak as it is, our products and services look very attractive to many foreign nations and companies. Exporting can give US businesses, and the country, a shot in the arm just as it has done recently in Germany. As I like to say, “Ask not what the world can provide you, ask what you can provide the world!”

    When you “Buy American” though, don’t forget that it’s even better to follow Barry’s old slogan, “Buy La Mesa”!!!

  3. Dwight:

    Excellent points.

    On packaging labels I often will see phrases like
    “assembled overseas from American components”
    or, “assembled in the USA from foreign made

    In other words, SOME American jobs are being
    supported through development of this product.


    I have a hard time finding US items…….. If you are budget shopping, good luck finding “homemade” items.

    I worry that we no longer make the things this country needs. In the event of a major worldwide disruption, where is the USA going to get a whole host of products we use everyday?

    I wish someone would start an internet shopping site that was just Made in the USA products. Anyone know of anything like that?

  5. Feel free to buy American, and encourage others to do so if you like. Personally I choose to buy the best product for the best price I can get (as do most consumers).

    My family has purchased only foreign cars (some assembled here) since 1973, with one horrible exception (the Ford Tauris, which was the classic lemon unbacked by Ford). To each his own.

    But DON’T support the passing of laws to restrict or tax the peaceful, voluntary transactions of trade. It’s a crucial distinction. Follow your own desires, but don’t IMPOSE them on others using the force of government.

  6. There is a website touting only American made products. I am not sure exactly the name, but it was something like or similar.

  7. I absolutely support buying US.

    We also need to start manufacturing (large and small) more products and “crafts” (not hobbies, but craftsmen) here.

    The lib lie that everyone needs to go to college and have a white-collar job shuffling papers is a pernicious lie that strikes at the heart of our economic system.

    The libs would have us believe that just because a $ buck exchanged hands, that a paper-shuffling / bean-counting / bueraucratic job is “productive”. Common sense (?) would tell us that all economic activity is not equal. When a crook (or government) mugs you, it is unhealthy, parasitic economic activity.
    Gambling is parasitic. Government jobs are 99% parasitic. But producing a tool (from raw materials) that will generate additional results, jobs, and profits IS healthy because it causes additional PRODUCTIVE activity.

    There is nothing wrong, and much correct, about learning and working a craft or trade….in fact, I’ll go out on a limb and claim that much of the success of America was created by talented craftsmen, non-degreed inventors, and can-do practical thinkers using their hands AND their minds….

    Of course, the US government, the state of CA, and 99% of local governments are absolutely against allowing manufacturing, production, and other “messy” economic activities….

    BTW, I’m a university-degreed professional engineer, so I’m not anti-scholastic…..I’m anti-basket weaving / feel-good / socialist pap that qualifies today as “higher” learning for a college degree….

  8. I see alot of Toyotas and Hondas – brand new- driving around. Giving Americans jobs but ultimately sending the profits home to Japan. Let’s support our American home-grown companies and keep the profits here.

  9. This is a tough one. In theory, I applaud the “Buy American” sentiment, and I will choose an American product over a foreign made one when the quality and the value is comparable.

    My experience with automobiles makes me cautious, however. Compare the two cars I have now. The first is a 20 year old Toyota MR2 with over 300K miles on it. It’s been virtually trouble free since the day I got it new and it’s still going strong.

    The second is a 2003 Saturn VUE SUV. I bought it with 30K miles on it, and since that day it has been one wacky issue after another. I’ve spent more at the 70K mile mark on that Saturn than in 20 years on the Toyota. It would take a lot of convincing based on this experience to get me to buy an American car again.

  10. BTW, ANY product you buy with many components (cars, most appliances, computers, etc.) has at least some components made overseas.

    If you want American products, concentrate on making America friendly for business. We Americans are surprisingly anti-business here (especially in CA), and then get mad when ‘furiners’ provide us with the products we desire at a good price — products that are very difficult to produce here.

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