When sitting at a desk at work I was bored while on the phone and was examining the printing on the bottom of my calculator. I noticed it said: Made in China. I then looked at the phone and it also said Made in China. Then I looked at the notebook I was using and strike three, it said Made in China. Is anything made in America anymore? How many American jobs have been lost due to our products coming from overseas?
The media is in a frenzy about unsafe products emanating from China. It is imperative to check the country of origin on any toy to ensure safety. It is also important to think about the economic impact on our country if our businesses continue to use Chinese products rather than those made in America. Take a look around your business and see how many products are from China. It is something we don’t pay attention to, but perhaps we need to. Perhaps we should all ask our companies to utilize American products.
America is a nation with enormous debt. The site www.USInfo.state.gov tells us that we have over 800 billion in national debt. China is one of the top lenders to the United States. So we buy their products and then they gain even more American money via serving as our bank for loans? Sounds like a recipe for disaster.
Buy American has been a patriotic motto for a long time. I do carefully check the products I buy myself to make sure they are American. Also, I have added a bit of Buddhism to my Catholicism so I don’t buy much of anything anyway. I eschew consumerism and mostly shop second hand. However, it seems I am using Chinese products at work.
After the buzz about unsafe products from China I looked at the disinfectant wipes I use to clean my phone at work and noticed they said Made in China. Oops… forgot to check the label when I bought them. I have now switched to an American product. It is a bit time consuming to check every label; however it is crucial.
I am going to do a quick run through of my home and see if I have any products from China. I am going to dispose of them if I find any. Better safe than sorry. Oh, and I just turned over the keyboard of the Dell computer I am using at home to write this and it says Made in China. I ordered the computer by phone so I didn’t really check where it was from.
It seems time to energize our country to shop American. Check your labels and put your dollars where they help our country. I buy my household supplies now at the variety store on Main St. in my town. I try to support small businesses rather than large, anonymous stores. I think the small business owners are integral to America and I try to support them.
So look around and see how many items you see at work and home that say Made in China. Then think about our huge national debt. Where is America heading ?