When shopping this holiday season, don’t forget that for millions of unemployed Americans, the most important gift you can give is a job. And you can make a real difference for people struggling to find work in this country by simply making an effort to buy American during the holidays (and beyond).
Most people don’t really consider themselves job creators, but the truth is every time we spend our hard-earned money, we are creating jobs – somewhere.
Decades ago the vast majority of goods consumed in this country were made in the USA, so pretty much however one spent his money, there was a good chance most of it was going toward American job creation.
But over the years, the percentage of goods found in stores that are made in America has decreased dramatically. When we buy goods from overseas, that’s where the money goes, and that’s where the jobs are created.
So nowadays, we can’t just buy things with no regard for where they are made. Unemployment is too high for that. We need to pay a little more attention and make an effort to buy things that are made in USA whenever we can, especially when we can find items of equal or better value comparably priced.
Little by little those made in USA purchases add up, and they turn into jobs for Americans who need work.
It saddens me to think of all the parents out there this time of year, who want nothing more than to provide a joyous Christmas (or other holiday) for their children, but don’t have the means to provide it because of joblessness.
Even if it’s only for a few weeks around the holidays, try to make an extra effort to buy American.
If enough of us will do it, we’ll have more work to go around in this country, and a few more smiling children on Christmas morning.
Take the Buy American Challenge today.
Until next time, here’s to doing what we can to support our country by buying American.