Monday, February 16, 2009
There is a stimulus to the U.S. economy and it really doesn’t cost anyone a dime, but it could make U.S. companies billions.
If every American bought American-made products only, what impact would that have on the economy? It has been done before.
Believe it or not, there are thousands of items made right here in the states. Check out stillmadeinusa.com or madeinusa.org and you will find a ton of companies making quality products, many of which can be found right here in town.
If the residents of this country made a conscious effort to support American-companies making and selling American products, our economy would thrive.
Such an effort would create more demand for U.S. products which would help create jobs, etc. At the same time, our trade deficit would shrink dramatically.
It might force U.S. retailers into replacing foreign goods with domestic goods in their stores, but that’s okay as well. Retailers know how supply and demand works.
It would also be nice if some of the stipulations from the government concerning the use of stimulus package funds included money for U.S. goods and services only. In other words - make sure the only people and companies benefitting from U.S. taxpayer money are from the U.S.
Consider this: Our deficit in goods and services trade was $677.1 billion in 2008 and $700.3 billion in 2007. Those figures are close to the new stimulus bill.
Don’t wait for the government to stimulate the economy when there are things we can do right here at home to improve jobs and help companies make ends meet. We all win when we support the home team first!
Copyright Christopher Blackburn 2008