Thursday, March 03, 2011

Made in America

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Have you been watching the ABC News series Made in America?  A family agreed to let the ABC News team into their home and let them remove everything that wasn't American made.  When the family came back the next day, they had practically nothing in their house - no appliances, no beds, no coffee maker - and empty house.

Then, the ABC News team set about filling the house back up with American-made products.  It was surprising how hard it was to even find out if things were made in the US or not, but the team did manage to fill the house back up.  You can take a virtual tour of the rooms they re-did as well as learn more about the products and companies they used, products that could be creating jobs right in your backyard.

This is hard to believe, because it seems like so little -  Economists say that if every one of us spent an extra $3.33 on U.S.-made goods every year, it would create nearly 10,000 new jobs in this country.  We wouldn't have to clean out our houses like they did in this news report.  Just being aware of what we are buying and where it's made can make a big difference - even if we all only buy one American-made product this year.  What if we bought even more than that?  What if we decided that everything we buy from now on is American-made if it's at all possible to find it?

One small thing - they still haven't found this family an American-made coffee maker.  That might be a problem.
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