About this blog:
This blog was established to increase discussion and raise awareness about the extreme importance of individual Americans choosing to buy American goods and services whenever possible. It also serves as a challenge to every American that cares about the future of our country to wake up and realize that we need to change our buying habits, and change them now!
Most Americans realize that far too many of the goods consumed in the United States are made outside of our borders, but what a lot of people do not recognize is that when we send our dollars overseas we are giving away American jobs; we are throwing away our nation’s prosperity.
The time for Americans to wake up is now. Unemployment is as high as it has been since the Great Depression. The U.S. is running the biggest budget deficits in history. Now there are a lot of reasons for the current economic turmoil our country is experiencing, but the most fundamental is that Americans don’t have access to good jobs, and they don’t have access to good jobs because we don’t make nearly as many things in this country as we used to. Way too much of what we buy comes from outside our borders.
If you think that things can’t get worse, think again. Right now our country is hurting economically, but for the most part Americans still feel safe, and we still have our cherished freedoms intact. But if foreign countries, like China, decide to stop buying up our debt, things could get very bad for us very fast. Inflation would skyrocket, and our ability to maintain our military might and geopolitical strength would be diminished considerably. We don’t want to be in that spot wondering how we got there. Some of us have no intention of sitting around hoping that things will get better. We’re going to do something about it ourselves!
The good news is that there is absolutely no reason to think that America’s current condition of sub-par job creation and chronic trade deficits is a permanent one that cannot be reversed. It most certainly can be reversed. But that will only happen when the American consumer demands it by committing to buy goods made in the U.S.A. whenever possible.
This is not a problem that is going to be solved by government. It is going to be solved by millions of individual Americans thinking about how their country will be impacted when they spend their hard-earned dollars. Too many of us have just given up on buying American, but we have to change that.
That means every single one of us has a role to play in this. We can start investing in the future of our country today by trying buying American-made goods whenever look to make a purchase.
Once we start doing that, then we need to talk about it. We need to discuss why we are choosing to buy American with our friends, family, and coworkers. And then, we need to ask people join us in buying American.
A few years ago, many people might not have understood the importance buying American because not all Americans were feeling the squeeze of our country’s enormous trade deficit and the problems that it causes. But today, people get it. They know there are very few good jobs available and lots of people that need work. We see it in our communities every day.
The Role of Buy American Challenge
- Clarify What Buy American Means – Right now it’s very unclear what buy American actually means. Are we talking about buying just American-made goods? What if a particular item you need is simply not made in America? What about if a good is made in America by a foreign-owned company? What about an American-made finished goods with foreign-made parts? It is a complicated question. This blog will simplify and clarify what buy American means so that average Americans can quickly and easily wrap their minds around it. See the guidelines of the Buy American Challenge for more about that.
- Establish Standard and Practical Buy American Rules – As you might imagine, being committed to buying American can be a challenge. The strictest definition of buy American means buying only American-made goods, with all American-made components, produced by American-owned companies. But nobody could stay on a program that strict in this day and age. Are you going to go without a cell phone if none are made in the U.S.A.? Are you going to avoid buying a car because they all have foreign-made computer chips in them? Of course not. But that shouldn’t keep you from trying to buy American whenever it is possible to do so. This blog will establish basic rules about what it means to buy American. This will allow those who choose to buy American whenever possible to be committed to it without feeling they need to deprive themselves of modern necessities. Because the buy American rules are realistic, you can commit to buying American and staying on the Buy American Challenge recommended guidelines without feeling deprivation.
- Teach People How to Buy American – You might want to start buying American right away, but you don’t really know how yet. This blog will teach you how to actually go about buying American so that you will have the skills to start doing it on your own. Some of the skills you will need include knowing how to identify if certain goods are made in the U.S.A. and how to use the internet to locate hard-to-find American-made items.
- Provide Useful Tips and Suggestions – This blog will make practical suggestions about what American-made products can be substituted for consumer goods that are produced outside the United States. It will also make suggestions about the best places to shop for specific American-made items.
- Answer Questions – This blog will be a place for people to go to get questions answered about buying American. It will also be a useful place for people to get advice on where to find certain American-made items.
- Provide a Place to Share Buy American Stories – This blog will be a place where people can go to share their buy American stories and talk about the impact it is having on their lives and communities.
- Discuss News Relating to Unemployment, Job Creation, Trade Deficit, etc. – While we discuss buying American in a practical sense, this blog will also discuss news, trends, and expert opinion relating to the issues that are prompting a buy American revival, primarily the high rate of unemployment, the enormous budget deficit, and the gigantic trade deficit.
- Emphasize the Causal Link Between Buying American Goods and Creating American Jobs – Finally, this blog will highlight certain companies that produce their goods in the U.S. It will also highlight the number of American jobs that these companies would create if more Americans were committed to buying American. Take New Balance running shoes for example. They still make running shoes in the U.S., although not all their shoes are made here. We would like to know how many American jobs would be created at New Balance if 10% of the population was committed to buying American, prompting them to stop buying foreign-made brands and start buying American-made New Balance. This will help people to understand that buying American goods really does mean investing in your country and creating jobs.
Point of Clarification on the Meaning of “Buy American”
This blog is about individual Americans making their own personal choices to buy more American-made goods. This blog has nothing to do with “Buy American” provisions of legislation that can require government-funded projects to use only American-made materials. Although these two concepts sound the same, they are very different. Individual Americans choosing to buy more goods made in the U.S. does not impact our trade policy. It does not require a change in law or any action at all on the part of government. It has to do with the choices that individuals make in their purchasing decisions. We should be able to agree that creating American jobs, supporting American businesses, and closing the trade deficit simply by Americans shifting their purchasing habits would be a good thing for our country. This blog is about encouraging this practice and providing a place where people can discuss it, nothing more.
This Blog is 100% Non-partisan (and really 100% non-partisan)
The great thing about buying American is that it is completely non-partisan. We all want to create more American jobs, we all want our country to prosper, and we all want to leave our country better off for our children. Buying American helps to accomplish all these things. We all stand to benefit from buying American.
The Buy American Challenge Vision
This blog is not going to erase a $500 billion trade deficit that has been growing steadily for four decades, but it might just help a few people who are inclined to want to buy American goods, to actually do it. At the very least, this blog will move forward a discussion about what it means to buy American, how to actually do it, why buying American is a challenge worth taking, and what the implications are if we just give up on buying American altogether. Although the challenge of reversing this trend may seem insurmountable, and pointless to even try, there is plenty of reason to feel optimistic. The American people have solved problems as big as this one in the past. There is no reason to think we can’t solve this one as well. But we better get working on it immediately. Hopefully this blog can play a small part in bringing about the change we need.
Please take the Buy American Challenge today!