By Jak Burke,
I confess that as a Brit I might be committing an act of treason when I say that the July 4th Independence Day celebration is my favorite American holiday. My second is Thanksgiving. In both events some of my fellow countrymen celebrated their God given freedoms under common law. As an immigrant I chose to come to this country because of everything it stands for: freedom and the right to pursue the American Dream. This year I thought about the ways in which all of us can support our country – and one of the greatest ways is to buy American-made products.
Why buy American goods?
It’s good for our native economy. Buying home manufactured products creates jobs here where we need them most. The revenue created from our home-grown businesses adds tax revenue and funds to our Medicare and Social Welfare systems. In turn, for every auto manufacturing job created nine other jobs are created in the local services industries and parts industries.
“If every American spent an extra $3.33 on U.S.-made products, it would create almost 10,000 new jobs. And, if every builder used just 5 percent more U.S.-made products, it would create 220,000 jobs.” 1
It’s good for the environment. The U.S has strict regulations that govern the extraction of raw goods and their processing. We not only have high standards on manufacturing but we also require less transportation if we make and sell goods locally. That’s good news for the planet.
It’s good for human rights. Our workers are protected by labor laws that require living wages and benefits plus a working week that does not exploit the individual. So it’s good karma to buy American products.
It’s the best option for your baby. Products made for babies in the U.S are subject to the most stringent testing. The ingredients and materials utilized are subject to intense scrutiny. That means there are less recalls due to substandard parts or toxic substances found in goods manufactured for infants.
Why do we need more home grown assets?
“In just the last 10 years the United States has lost out on approximately $2 trillion in cumulative trade deficits with China alone. Had that $2 trillion of forfeited production taken place in America, it would have generated — based on a conservative 30 percent tax rate — $600 billion of national revenue and created millions of jobs in the United States. And that is just getting us to a trade balance, so we can quickly dismiss accusations of protectionism.” 2
So this July 4th – do something great for our country. Buy something that is actually made in the U.S. It’s probably the single most patriotic action you can take.
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