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Thought you’d all enjoy this:

Well over 50 yrs ago I knew a lady who would not buy Christmas gifts if
they were made in China. Her daughter will recognize her in the
following.

Did y’all see Diane Sawyer’s special report? They removed ALL items from
a typical, middle class family’s home that were not made in the USA .

There was hardly anything left besides the kitchen sink. Literally.
During the special they showed truckloads of items – USA made – being
brought in to replace everything and talked about how to find these
items and the difference in price etc..

It was interesting that Diane said if every American spent just $64 more
than normal on USA made items this year, it would create something like
200,000 new jobs!

I WAS BUYING FOOD THE OTHER DAY AT WALMART and ON THE LABEL OF SOME
PRODUCTS IT SAID ‘FROM CHINA ‘

FOR EXAMPLE THE “OUR FAMILY” BRAND OF THE MANDARIN ORANGES SAYS RIGHT ON
THE CAN ‘FROM CHINA ‘

I WAS SHOCKED SO FOR A FEW MORE CENTS I BOUGHT THE LIBERTY GOLD BRAND OR
THE DOLE SINCE IT’S FROM CALIF.

Are we Americans as dumb as we appear — or — is it that we just do
not think. The Chinese, knowingly and intentionally, export inferior and
even toxic products and dangerous toys and goods to be sold in American
markets.

70% of Americans believe that the trading privileges afforded to the
Chinese should be suspended.

Why do you need the government to suspend trading privileges? DO IT
YOURSELF, AMERICA !!

Simply look on the bottom of every product you buy, and if it says ‘Made
in China ‘ or ‘PRC’ (and that now includes Hong Kong ), simply choose
another product, or none at all. You will be amazed at how dependent you
are on Chinese products, and you will be equally amazed at what you can
do without.

Who needs plastic eggs to celebrate Easter? If you must have eggs, use
real ones and benefit some American farmer. Easter is just an example.
The point is do not wait for the government to act. Just go ahead and
assume control on your own.

THINK ABOUT THIS: If 200 million Americans each refuse to buy just $20
of Chinese goods, that’s a billion dollar trade imbalance resolved in
our favor…fast!!

Most of the people who have been reading about this matter are planning
on implementing this on Aug. 1st and continue it until Sept. 1st. That
is only one month of trading losses, but it will hit the Chinese for
1/12th of the total, or 8%, of their American exports. Then they might
have to ask themselves if the benefits of their arrogance and
lawlessness were worth it.

Remember, August 1st to Sept. 1st !!!!!! START NOW.

Send this to everybody you know. Let’s show them that we are Americans
and NOBODY can take us for granted.

If we can’t live without cheap Chinese goods for one month out of our
lives, WE DESERVE WHAT WE GET!

Pass it on, America …

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Tom Bihn Travel Bag - Aeronaut

I recently had the pleasure of reviewing the Tom Bihn Aeronaut Travel Bag.  This and many other such bags are made by Tom Bihn in Seattle, Washington.  What impressed me about this bag was 3 things:

  1. It is attractive and very well-designed.
  2. It is well-crafted in the USA
  3. The Tom Bihn company seems especially dedicated (more than your average American manufacturer) to both producing and sourcing their materials in the US.

The bags are not cheap but they are not cheaply made.  When you are carrying your most prized possessions, such as your laptop, your ipad or other fancy gadgets about town or on a plane, you want to use a bag that is ergonomic, comfortable, durable, and convenient.  The Aeronaut definitely has all of these qualities.  One really nifty thing about it is that you can carry it over your shoulder or as a backpack, and the straps are detachable.  Each compartment and pocket contains internal accessories, such as straps and key loops to hold all kinds of stuff securely.

Sure, you can buy some cheap Chinese bag that they sell at the corner gas station or at the Target for $25, but you know that it will be trash in less than 6 months of daily use or after a single rough handling.  Also, when you own a quality piece of American-made luggage, you will feel good about it, rather than owning another piece of junk that you do not value.  You will proudly show off your excellent made in USA case – something more unique than a Louis Voutton bag and definitely less expensive.

When you visit the Tom Bihn website, you will find that they seem to be a real fun to work for company.  The about us page even has little vignettes about each of the employees, from the CEO down to the ladies that sew the bags.  Much better than buying from some nameless “brand” that licenses it’s product to another nameless Chinese company.  Buy Tom Bihn and buy proudly!

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Per the store on Foxnews today, China completed 4 giant sections previously damaged on the San Francisco Bay Bridge.  What was liberal California’s solution?  Why have China make it!  What a grand idea!  What shortsightedness!  Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face!  So California thinks that by saving a few bucks in the short run, it will do better in the long run.  This is foolishness, as the tax revenue lost from the jobs and industry that could have produced those bridge sections in this country is completely lost, not to mention the trickle effects on other parts of the economy.  They may as well have just taken that money and thrown it off the bridge – it would have been almost the same.

Those foolish reporters that quote economists that contend that we should always pay the least for any product are way off base.  It makes sense only when comparing imports, not when comparing domestic products vs. imports.  If you spend money on your own people, the money stays in the economy rather than being lost, never to be seen again.

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