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I feel Americans, if they had the will and the knowledge, could solve our economic job problems and still stay secure in the bubble of their choice. To solve the job issue just buy and demand American made and American service. Simple right? Not hardly because even so called economic theory teaches contradictory solutions. But...be back, below is a list of stuff and a few of my opinions on the topic. Messy for now.

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Every Day Should Be Buy American

Re: 'Shop Local' November 26Th - a good idea but why not extend it a bit. Details here and here.

I've always felt Americans could solve the jobs problem if they had the will and realized you sometimes need to pay more for a product made by someone who has a decent life. Most people would like a decent life. Instead, you hear whining about taxes and regulation and both have been higher and more stringent in the past. So why do we not ask ourselves why?

So what have you done for America? Lots of whining but do you buy made in the USA? Do you drive a made in the America automobile? Do you support small and large businesses who build here? Do you support a fair wage? Scapegoating is heard too often, it is their fault: government, unions, immigrants, take your pick, history is full of examples, but what do you do for America? Do you support legislation that supports the America worker? The only thing I have seen worked since the 2008 election is talk, running your mouth is easy. Talk is cheap, but what do you do for America and its people? Ideas have power, but ideas should be about people. Time to put up or shut-up, Taxes have been reduced since John F. Kennedy and the economy has oddly performed the miracle many preach. Now is the time to fulfill your pledge given to the America people and to do something meaningful and stop pointing fingers. What have you done for America?

Every day of the year buy American. Google 'made in America.'

A few links:

http://www.madeinusa.com/
http://www.howtobuyamerican.com/index.php
http://www.made-in.us.com/
http://www.acontinuouslean.com/the-american-list/
http://www.allamericanclothing.com/made-in-usa/shirts.html
http://allusaclothing.com/


Buy American = "Because Ford, GM and Chrysler conduct far more of their research, design, engineering, manufacturing and assembly work in the U.S. than foreign automakers do, buying a Ford, GM, or Chrysler supports almost three times as many jobs as buying the average foreign automobile. Some comparisons are even more striking. Buying a Ford supports 3.5 times more jobs than buying a Hyundai. Comparing a Honda and a Hyundai? Buying a Honda supports more than 2 times more jobs." Read here.


Bumper stickers I'd like to see.

Buy American - support all Americans, including yourself.

Our children, our grandchildren, ourselves require we support each other, buy American.

Quality! our Buick is number one.

Buy American and Thumbs up!


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Re: Shop Local November 26Th - a good idea but why not extend it a bit. https://www.facebook.com/SmallBusinessSaturday?extlink=ps-gabmd-2011SBS-GoogleSearch And http://shopsmallblog.tumblr.com/

Re: Shop Local November 26Th - a good idea but why not extend it a bit. And



Details here. and here.



I've always felt Americans could solve the jobs problem if they had the will and realized you sometimes need to pay more for a product made by someone who has a decent life. Most people would like a decent life. Instead, you hear whining about taxes and regulation and both have been higher and more stringent in the past. So then why do we not ask ourselves why?

So what have you done for America? Lots of whining but do you buy made in the USA? Do you drive a made in the America automobile? Do you support small and large businesses who build here? Do you support a fair wage? Scapegoating is heard too often, it is their fault: government, unions, immigrants, take your pick, history is full of examples, but what do you do for America? Do you support legislation that supports the America worker? The only thing I have seen worked since the 2008 election is talk, running your mouth is easy. Talk is cheap, but what do you do for America and its people? Ideas have power, but ideas should be about people. Time to put up or shut-up, Taxes have been reduced since John F. Kennedy and the economy has oddly performed the miracle many preach. Now is the time to fulfill your pledge given to the America people and to do something meaningful and stop pointing fingers. What have you done for America?

Every day of the year buy American. Google 'made in america.' I will adding links and info soon.

http://www.madeinusa.com/
http://www.howtobuyamerican.com/index.php
http://www.made-in.us.com/
http://www.acontinuouslean.com/the-american-list/
http://www.allamericanclothing.com/made-in-usa/shirts.html
http://allusaclothing.com/
http://www.tombihn.com
http://toddshelton.com/
http://www.wrcase.com

Buy American = "Because Ford, GM and Chrysler conduct far more of their research, design, engineering, manufacturing and assembly work in the U.S. than foreign automakers do, buying a Ford, GM, or Chrysler supports almost three times as many jobs as buying the average foreign automobile. Some comparisons are even more striking. Buying a Ford supports 3.5 times more jobs than buying a Hyundai. Comparing a Honda and a Hyundai? Buying a Honda supports more than 2 times more jobs." Read here.

[url=http://www.levelfieldinstitute.org/jpc_rating.html]The Level Field Institute[/url]


"In corporate culture, keiretsu refers to a uniquely Japanese form of corporate organization. A keiretsu is a grouping or family of affiliated companies that form a tight-knit alliance to work toward each other's mutual success. The keiretsu system is also based on an intimate partnership between government and businesses. It can best be understood as the intricate web of relationships that links banks, manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors with the Japanese government.¶ These ironclad corporate alliances have caused much debate and have been called "government-sponsored cartels." While some think keiretsu are a menace to trade, others see them as a model for change. Features common to most keiretsu include "main bank," stable shareholding, and seconded directors. Some keiretsu concepts have no American parallel such as "general trading company." The keiretsu system is one of the profound differences between Japanese and US business structures." http://searchcio-midmarket.techtarget.com/definition/keiretsu#

Bumper stickers I'd like to see.

Buy American - support all Americans, including yourself.
Sorry, I'm not Japanese, I buy American.
Our children, our grandchildren, ourselves require we support each other, buy American.
Didn't know you were Korean!
When the Japanese support my wife, kids, and I, I'll support them, until then I'll buy American.
Quality! our Buick, made in the US of A, is number one.
Buy American and Thumbs up!



American citizens could solve this through action and not the constant whining of the right. For anyone complaining about the job economy I ask, do you buy American? Do you support companies that provide a fair wage? Do you support legislators who are concerned with America and not their next job on K street? Do you protest absurd war spending? Do you tip well? Do you support small business and not Walmart et al? Do you eat out? Take a company like Nike who make nothing here but sell expensive paraphernalia made in sweat shops overseas? If small business is a solution spend there? When an Asia Indian answers, demand an America? Until America learns it has to support itself and not kowtow to big business and big money which doesn't give a flying fluck if you live like shit, America will continue to sink, and taxes have nothing to do with creating jobs, Bush jr proved that once and for all for everyone except the brain dead. Our best job years had the highest taxes.

Buy American = "Because Ford, GM and Chrysler conduct far more of their research, design, engineering, manufacturing and assembly work in the U.S. than foreign automakers do, buying a Ford, GM, or Chrysler supports almost three times as many jobs as buying the average foreign automobile. Some comparisons are even more striking. Buying a Ford supports 3.5 times more jobs than buying a Hyundai. Comparing a Honda and a Hyundai? Buying a Honda supports more than 2 times more jobs." [url=http://www.levelfieldinstitute.org/jpc_rating.html]The Level Field Institute[/url]

[url=http://www.howtobuyamerican.com/index.php]How Americans Can Buy American[/url]

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"An entire century of human progress separates the worst-off from the best-off groups within the U.S., according to the latest update of the American Human Development (HD) Index. Read the report." [url=http://www.measureofamerica.org/acenturyapart/]A Century Apart: New Measures of Well-being for U.S. Racial and Ethnic Groups — Measure of America: American Human Development Project[/url]


"In corporate culture, keiretsu refers to a uniquely Japanese form of corporate organization. A keiretsu is a grouping or family of affiliated companies that form a tight-knit alliance to work toward each other's mutual success. The keiretsu system is also based on an intimate partnership between government and businesses. It can best be understood as the intricate web of relationships that links banks, manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors with the Japanese government.

These ironclad corporate alliances have caused much debate and have been called "government-sponsored cartels." While some think keiretsu are a menace to trade, others see them as a model for change. Features common to most keiretsu include "main bank," stable shareholding, and seconded directors. Some keiretsu concepts have no American parallel such as "general trading company." The keiretsu system is one of the profound differences between Japanese and US business structures." [url=http://searchcio-midmarket.techtarget.com/definition/keiretsu#]What is keiretsu? - Definition from Whatis.com[/url]



You buy what I make, I work, I buy what you do for a living, you work, we all support each other, we all work. The Japanese do it - Americans believe in a magical market of freedom. What is so friggin hard to understand here. Oh, sorry, I forgot about corporations that control markets, build cheap over there, and control our congress. Darn, I must be getting old I keep forgetting the obvious America today.

"In corporate culture, keiretsu refers to a uniquely Japanese form of corporate organization. A keiretsu is a grouping or family of affiliated companies that form a tight-knit alliance to work toward each other's mutual success. The keiretsu system is also based on an intimate partnership between government and businesses. It can best be understood as the intricate web of relationships that links banks, manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors with the Japanese government.

These ironclad corporate alliances have caused much debate and have been called "government-sponsored cartels." While some think keiretsu are a menace to trade, others see them as a model for change. Features common to most keiretsu include "main bank," stable shareholding, and seconded directors. Some keiretsu concepts have no American parallel such as "general trading company." The keiretsu system is one of the profound differences between Japanese and US business structures."

[url=http://searchcio-midmarket.techtarget.com/definition/keiretsu#]What is keiretsu? - Definition from Whatis.com[/url]

Buy American = "Because Ford, GM and Chrysler conduct far more of their research, design, engineering, manufacturing and assembly work in the U.S. than foreign automakers do, buying a Ford, GM, or Chrysler supports almost three times as many jobs as buying the average foreign automobile. Some comparisons are even more striking. Buying a Ford supports 3.5 times more jobs than buying a Hyundai. Comparing a Honda and a Hyundai? Buying a Honda supports more than 2 times more jobs."

[url=http://www.levelfieldinstitute.org/jpc_rating.html]The Level Field Institute[/url]

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Answering the big question: Who supports the most U.S. jobs?
At Level Field, we believe the most accurate way to judge an automaker's contribution to the U.S. economy is to examine the number of jobs that company supports on a car-by-car basis. This number should take into consideration:


"Because Ford, GM and Chrysler conduct far more of their research, design, engineering, manufacturing and assembly work in the U.S. than foreign automakers do, buying a Ford, GM, or Chrysler supports almost three times as many jobs as buying the average foreign automobile. Some comparisons are even more striking. Buying a Ford supports 3.5 times more jobs than buying a Hyundai. Comparing a Honda and a Hyundai? Buying a Honda supports more than 2 times more jobs."

GM versus Toyota

http://www.levelfieldinstitute.org/files/scorecards/GM_v_Toyota.pdf

Ford v Toyota

http://www.levelfieldinstitute.org/files/scorecards/Ford_v_Toyota.pdf

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What car company employs the most U.S. workers?

"Not true, when a Japanese car company comes over they usually bring or rely on their own suppliers in Japan, when you see the Toyota ads they will often refer to indirect employment such as dealers and jobs that are related to the whole chain of distribution, even lowly Chrysler employs more people than Toyota. The transplants kill more jobs than they create, simply because many of the parts are sourced in Japan, now what happened with Ford is because they had some control of Mazda (less) now, they have a little bit higher Japanese content than Chrysler and GM and Mazda has a little higher U.S. content than Toyota and Honda due to the relationship. Toyota admits to employing 30 some thousand direct employees whereas Chrysler employees more the reason being because Chrysler's cars are mostly assembled here whereas with Toyota it is only about a 3rd. Also keep in mind those U.S. assembled Japanese Cars are sourced with Japanese Parts, tend to look out for their own (See http://searchcio-midmarket.techtarget.com/sDefinition/0,,sid183_gci518852,00.html#) this is why they do this, it is really hard to compete against this type of system the more I see this and our government does absolutely nothing the more outraged I become, what if it happened to everyone. What if the next time your computer software did not perform correctly you looked for an imported brand? What if you got sick of predictable U.S. movies and TV shows and went out of your way to watch foreign ones? In addition to the keiretsu system there is a saying in Japan “the nail that stands up gets hammered down” it is not an import friendly country in addition to the systematic government control you also have unwritten rules which make it hard for someone to compete with an industry that Japan wants to have. I believe in treating people fairly and all I see is jobs being sucked out of the country and no one cares until it happens to them. And not only does Japan protect its own but we provide their defense and all we get is debt in return. I could go on with this but I know there are Toyota and Honda owners that will come up all kinds of reasons why they made the correct purchase, the reality is when domestic car is defective its whats wrong with American cars, when a Toyota or Honda is defective, they tell you not to hold it against the usually reliable import, the only accident I ever had in my life was in heavy traffic on I15 near Las Vegas where a woman was stopped on the freeway, I was the 4th person to hit her (we were all going slowly) and it was icy and hard to stop, she claimed her power just went out, no hazards no warning or anything. I still to this day wonder how this could happen, then last month in Long Beach again a Rav4 was stopped on the 405 and I had to ask (because a delivery truck hit her) and again she said her power went out. On Sat 8/15 just north of the rest stop on I5 northbound on Camp Pendleton there was a 2010 Prius stalled at the side of the road and the owner could not figure why it stalled? Quality stall would be my guess."


"In corporate culture, keiretsu refers to a uniquely Japanese form of corporate organization. A keiretsu is a grouping or family of affiliated companies that form a tight-knit alliance to work toward each other's mutual success. The keiretsu system is also based on an intimate partnership between government and businesses. It can best be understood as the intricate web of relationships that links banks, manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors with the Japanese government.

These ironclad corporate alliances have caused much debate and have been called "government-sponsored cartels." While some think keiretsu are a menace to trade, others see them as a model for change. Features common to most keiretsu include "main bank," stable shareholding, and seconded directors. Some keiretsu concepts have no American parallel such as "general trading company." The keiretsu system is one of the profound differences between Japanese and US business structures."

http://searchcio-midmarket.techtarget.com/definition/keiretsu#





What car company employs the most U.S. workers?

"Not true, when a Japanese car company comes over they usually bring or rely on their own suppliers in Japan, when you see the Toyota ads they will often refer to indirect employment such as dealers and jobs that are related to the whole chain of distribution, even lowly Chrysler employs more people than Toyota. The transplants kill more jobs than they create, simply because many of the parts are sourced in Japan, now what happened with Ford is because they had some control of Mazda (less) now, they have a little bit higher Japanese content than Chrysler and GM and Mazda has a little higher U.S. content than Toyota and Honda due to the relationship. Toyota admits to employing 30 some thousand direct employees whereas Chrysler employees more the reason being because Chrysler's cars are mostly assembled here whereas with Toyota it is only about a 3rd. Also keep in mind those U.S. assembled Japanese Cars are sourced with Japanese Parts, tend to look out for their own (See http://searchcio-midmarket.techtarget.com/sDefinition/0,,sid183_gci518852,00.html#) this is why they do this, it is really hard to compete against this type of system the more I see this and our government does absolutely nothing the more outraged I become, what if it happened to everyone. What if the next time your computer software did not perform correctly you looked for an imported brand? What if you got sick of predictable U.S. movies and TV shows and went out of your way to watch foreign ones? In addition to the keiretsu system there is a saying in Japan “the nail that stands up gets hammered down” it is not an import friendly country in addition to the systematic government control you also have unwritten rules which make it hard for someone to compete with an industry that Japan wants to have. I believe in treating people fairly and all I see is jobs being sucked out of the country and no one cares until it happens to them. And not only does Japan protect its own but we provide their defense and all we get is debt in return. I could go on with this but I know there are Toyota and Honda owners that will come up all kinds of reasons why they made the correct purchase, the reality is when domestic car is defective its whats wrong with American cars, when a Toyota or Honda is defective, they tell you not to hold it against the usually reliable import, the only accident I ever had in my life was in heavy traffic on I15 near Las Vegas where a woman was stopped on the freeway, I was the 4th person to hit her (we were all going slowly) and it was icy and hard to stop, she claimed her power just went out, no hazards no warning or anything. I still to this day wonder how this could happen, then last month in Long Beach again a Rav4 was stopped on the 405 and I had to ask (because a delivery truck hit her) and again she said her power went out. On Sat 8/15 just north of the rest stop on I5 northbound on Camp Pendleton there was a 2010 Prius stalled at the side of the road and the owner could not figure why it stalled? Quality stall would be my guess."

http://searchcio-midmarket.techtarget.com/definition/keiretsu#


"In corporate culture, keiretsu refers to a uniquely Japanese form of corporate organization. A keiretsu is a grouping or family of affiliated companies that form a tight-knit alliance to work toward each other's mutual success. The keiretsu system is also based on an intimate partnership between government and businesses. It can best be understood as the intricate web of relationships that links banks, manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors with the Japanese government.

These ironclad corporate alliances have caused much debate and have been called "government-sponsored cartels." While some think keiretsu are a menace to trade, others see them as a model for change. Features common to most keiretsu include "main bank," stable shareholding, and seconded directors. Some keiretsu concepts have no American parallel such as "general trading company." The keiretsu system is one of the profound differences between Japanese and US business structures."

http://searchcio-midmarket.techtarget.com/definition/keiretsu#


GM versus Toyota

"Because Ford, GM and Chrysler conduct far more of their research, design, engineering, manufacturing and assembly work in the U.S. than foreign automakers do, buying a Ford, GM, or Chrysler supports almost three times as many jobs as buying the average foreign automobile. Some comparisons are even more striking. Buying a Ford supports 3.5 times more jobs than buying a Hyundai. Comparing a Honda and a Hyundai? Buying a Honda supports more than 2 times more jobs."

http://www.levelfieldinstitute.org/jpc_rating.html

Ford v Toyota

http://www.levelfieldinstitute.org/files/scorecards/Ford_v_Toyota.pdf

http://www.levelfieldinstitute.org/index.html

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American Flags And Symbols On Foreign Cars

America is a free country and our freedoms extend to purchasing foreign cars. While it is fine you support your nation of heritage or consider your car a symbol of status, it is not American and American iconography should not be placed on it. Overall your purchase does not support America. If your foreign car is made in America that is a plus, but the car is still foreign and the majority of profits and work is foreign. Japanese, Korean, or German flag symbols can be procured through their embassies or through a simple web search. Thank you for your cooperation in this issue, and we hope in the future you support America and the American worker.

Americans For American Jobs And Workers

http://www.levelfieldinstitute.org/index.html



Buy American - support all Americans, including yourself.

Sorry, I'm not Japanese, I buy American.

When the Japanese sell American cars, I'll buy theirs.

Our children, our grandchildren, ourselves require we support each other, buy American.

Didn't know you were Korean!

When the Japanese support my wife, kids, and I, I'll support them, until then I'll buy American.

Quality! our Buick is number one.[/b]

Buy American and Thumbs up!


Thumbs up for all who bought and buy American made.

Ideas can be powerful things, and when used for the good can result in good.

Ideas have power and if the idea that buying American, buying in stores that pay fairly is a good thing, and looking at where things are made becomes a way of thinking, then we have accomplished a big thing. There is no need for tariffs and other regulatory complications, all that is necessary is that America makes products that are reasonably priced, and Americans buy them even when the cost is slightly higher than the import. That seems simple, but isn't simple when the very workers who create many of these goods, in Unions particularly, are seen in a negative light.

Instead of whining about America as the Tea party does, why not push the idea that buying and supporting one of the foundations of our current lifestyle, Unions and 'made in America,' is still needed today, get out there and spread around ideas that praise the American worker and do not blame unions or fair wages. How to do that, speak to friends, local media, national media, and write our representatives. Shop where they pay fairly, and look at labels. And support representatives that support all Americans. Thumbs up.





Jimmy Carter is a rare species of person, he was an engineer by trade and even personality, one of the best descriptions of him is given in the cspan history talk below. The talk is excellent if you have time. Carter may be the best example of the complexity of thought and how it can you get in trouble. (Newt recently had a similar brain crash when sense gave way to ideology and party.)

If one looks at Carter's tax policies and his military spending it is hard to make him 'liberal.' See the talk below. Care answered the question above, but see this link, federal employees still have union coverage, this is just another right wing spin and lie that the tools follow and believe as it gives their empty heads someone to point fingers at. [url=http://www.mackinac.org/2323]The Federal Civil Service Reform Act [Mackinac Center][/url]

Unions provide protection and boundaries for workers, they guarantee rules are followed and if times are bad, layoffs are done properly. They, like any idealistic concept work well when managed well. They do not give workers a right to work but a fair working place. I was in one in my early career and saw them from both sides.

[url=http://www.c-span.org/Events/Lectures-in-History-Jimmy-Carter-and-the-1970s/10737421430/]Lectures in History: Jimmy Carter and the 1970s | C-SPAN[/url]

"With gas prices reaching upwards of $4.00 per gallon, Boston University history professor Bruce Schulman teaches a course about another energy crisis nearly forty years ago. Then, during the 1970s, President Jimmy Carter struggled with a substantial petroleum shortage amidst rising demand. Students learn about events leading up to President Carter’s “malaise” speech and the mood of the country at the time."


from link above

[b]"Title VII of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978132 governs federal employer and employee labor relations. It specifically declares labor organizations and collective bargaining in the civil service to be "in the public interest." Accordingly, the act provides federal employees with legal rights similar to private-sector workers' Section 7 rights under the NLRA. The act states that employees of the federal government have "the right to form, join, or assist any labor organization, or to refrain from any such activity, freely and without fear of penalty or reprisal, and each employee shall be protected in the exercise of such right."[/b]



Thumbs up for all who bought and buy American made.

Ideas can be powerful things, and when used for the good can result in good.

Ideas have power and if the idea that buying American, buying in stores that pay fairly is a good thing, and looking at where things are made becomes a way of thinking, then we have accomplished a big thing. There is no need for tariffs and other regulatory complications, all that is necessary is that America makes products that are reasonably priced, and Americans buy them even when the cost is slightly higher than the import. That seems simple, but isn't simple when the very workers who create many of these goods, in Unions particularly, are seen in a negative light.

Instead of whining about America as the Tea party does, why not push the idea that buying and supporting one of the foundations of our current lifestyle, Unions and 'made in America,' is still needed today, get out there and spread around ideas that praise the American worker and do not blame unions or fair wages. How to do that, speak to friends, local media, national media, and write our representatives. Shop where they pay fairly, and look at labels. And support representatives that support all Americans. Thumbs up.



See a piece I wrote some time ago below for labor Day weekend.

'Join me, please this labor day weekend'

I was riding home today after a middle distance bicycle ride, tired and a bit out of shape when I started counting cars, America - foreign, American - foreign. It occurred to me if only a small percentage of these people, the people who can afford more than a used clunker, bought American there would be no problems in one of our largest industries today. And lots of people would have a job and lots of businesses would be OK. May even help those incompetent bankers.

So I started giving thumbs up for American and thumbs down for foreign. Hard to distinguish which foreign car is made here, but no need I am a bit of a hard core American when it comes to cars. My '55' Chevy was my first love.

I'm sure the people thought me spastic, as my left hand thumb pointed up, then down, then up as cars drove by. Did anyone figure it out I wondered. Who is this nut! So if the whiners who lost the election can out of the blue, protest taxes, can we not protest something that has been going on for years due to cheaper prices, support structures, and no pensions, but still is having an insidious affect on our industrial base?

So if you own foreign go to you nearest mirror and give yourself a thumbs down, and if you own American and thus support all of us and America, a thumbs up is due and thank you. Take to the streets and express yourself. The bankers thank you too.

Oh, and my bicycle is made in America too.




All that is required is the simple idea that supporting American workers and a fair wage is considered patriotic. This should be obvious but it is not.


Thumbs up for all who bought American made. Read and pass on.


Ideas can be powerful things, and when used for the good can result in good. There is one idea that has grown now for maybe fifty years that Unions are 'bad.' The source of this idea is complex, but still easy to find. Today the conservative right wing of the US, along with conservative media, corporate sponsorship, and think tanks looking for someone to blame often point to Unions as the cause of economic troubles. Easy target, I guess.

The part I find so amazing is the lack of fight or ideas from Unions. I tried several times to send emails to Union representatives during the last election only to find Unions have not moved into the communication's age. Are those of us approaching retirement too 'contented,' to use John K. Galbraith's appropriate term in America today? Or are the unions unaware of the constant criticism they get from large parts of American media? Criticism makes unions the bad guys.

As a family we try to buy American, but cost is always a factor for people starting out in life. If Japanese or Korean car manufactures grab youth they will keep the majority of them. Our auto corporations management is a problem too, they fail to see and use markets sensibly. But if buying foreign becomes the wave of the future, the lives those of us who started, or always worked in Unions, will die and our children will miss the opportunities we had for a good life.

So what to do. Well ideas have power and if the idea that buying American, buying in stores that pay fairly is a good thing, and looking at where things are made becomes a way of thinking, then we have accomplished a good thing. There is no need, at least at first for tariffs and other regulatory complications, all that is necessary is that America makes products that are reasonably priced and Americans buy them even if the cost is slightly higher than the import. That seems simple, but isn't simple when the very creators of these goods are seen as the bad guys.

So retirees, instead of whining about America as the Tea party does, why not push the idea that buying and supporting one of the foundations of our current lifestyle, Unions, is still needed today, get out there and spread around ideas that praise the American worker and do not blame unions. How to do that, speak to friends, local media, national media, and write our representatives. And support representatives that support all Americans. Thumbs up.

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http://www.wabiwoolens.com

http://www.defeet.com (wool thermal gloves)

http://www.dinottelighting.com/

http://www.ibexwear.com/

http://www.showerspass.com

http://www.missionworkshop.com (bicycle bags, made usa)

http://www.kendausa.com/bicycle/bicycle.html





Buy American, Support yourself.

When the Japanese and Koreans support me I will support them.

Americans need to support the industrial base of this nation or they will make it a third world country.

Buy American - support all Americans, including yourself.

Sorry, I'm not Japanese, I buy American.

When the Japanese sell American cars, I'll buy theirs.

Our children, our grandchildren, ourselves require we support each other, buy American.

Didn't know you were Korean!

When the Japanese support my wife, kids, and I, I'll support them, until then I'll buy American.

Quality! our Buick is number one.[/b]

Buy American and Thumbs up!

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