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buy american this christmas

 
ANNONYMOUS
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bump

Time to bring this argument back upfront.
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whats american anymore?i have a store and its hard to find it now a days???
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I found some scissors that were made in USA.
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11/17/2008 02:33 PM
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just come out of walmart theres a child stroler for sale you dont have to give chinese made goods find something made in the usa or maybe tickets to something like sporting events or a movie dinner think out of the box keep our money here
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11/17/2008 02:39 PM
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I only have $700,000,000,000.00 for my budget.
It is going to be a lean Christmas.

Already bought American.
AIG
GoldmanSachs
Chase
IndyMac

Will be buying American again soon.
GM
Ford
Chrysler
AmericanExpress

Your tax dollars (being stolen) at work.
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11/17/2008 02:48 PM
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food is always welcome at gift time.
if you can't find a food gift from your area,
then you are spending too much time playing videos.
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I only have $700,000,000,000.00 for my budget.
It is going to be a lean Christmas.

Already bought American.
AIG
GoldmanSachs
Chase
IndyMac

Will be buying American again soon.
GM
Ford
Chrysler
AmericanExpress

Your tax dollars (being stolen) at work.
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rofl best fuckin' laugh I've had all day....and this day sucked
Highway to Hell
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The only socks made in the USA

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11/17/2008 02:54 PM
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Wasn't there a woman who vowed to only buy American made products for a month and she had stop because she couldn't find enough products to sustain her family?

I think it was 20/20 or Good Morning America that had the special.
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Wasn't there a woman who vowed to only buy American made products for a month and she had stop because she couldn't find enough products to sustain her family?

I think it was 20/20 or Good Morning America that had the special.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 336435


Here's the article:

My year without 'Made in China'

By Sara Bongiorni | July 19, 2007

A REPORTER called recently to ask me what consumers could do to protect themselves against potentially toxic products from China.

"Is it possible that cheap tennis shoes from China could have toxins in them that we don't know about? What about toys and food? How can we protect ourselves?"

While I am not an expert in product safety or labeling laws, if anybody ought to know something about the words "Made in China," it's me. For all of 2005, my family swore off Chinese imports. People figured we were standing up for Tibet or protesting lost American jobs, but our reason was personal, not political. It was an experiment. We wanted to test our connections to China's vast economy in a meaningful way. More to the point, we wanted to know if it could be done, and what it would be like to try.

Made in China labels became the roadmaps that guided us during trips to the mall. I found those words in the obvious places: on toys, televisions, cellphones, tools, lamps, sneakers, and T-shirts. They popped up in unexpected places, too: in the collars of $250 knock off Chanel jackets, on discount Barbie-themed chocolates, and in chic off-the-rack wedding dresses. I learned to stay alert in the canned goods aisle after I inadvertently purchased a can of oranges for the children. Mandarin oranges -- so obvious. Some labels were coy. My husband found racks of sunglasses that were "Made in Transoceanic China." Where the heck is Transoceanic China? I looked it up in the CIA World Fact Book. No such place.

My husband figured it was a fancy name for "Made in China."

"They couldn't fool me," he said.

Chinese merchandise was the only option for many things, forcing us to do without. Try finding birthday candles that aren't made in China. Or a coffeemaker, a toaster, or a baby doll like the one my husband wanted to buy for our daughter. Spend a week checking labels and you'll get an idea of what we were up against.

And yet I see now that we were dodging only the obvious bits of China, the stuff that announced itself as Made in China with a label. I was clueless that so much apple juice comes from China, and we drank plenty of that. For years, one of our kids has eaten cereal with freeze-dried strawberries, another big import from China. I recall a trip to the drugstore with my son when he held up a bottle of cough syrup and asked me if it was made in China. I peered at the box from every angle, but all I could find was a Rhode Island address.

"Not from China," I said, and tossed it in our basket.

I don't know if that cough syrup had ingredients from China or not, but now I see that I had no way to know -- and still don't. Which brings us back to the reporter who called for advice. She figured a year of obsessively reading labels would give me some insight into consumers' predicament.

"Well?" she asked.

In my head, I ticked off the lessons I'd learned from those labels. That we turn to China every time we phone a friend, decorate the house for holidays, or pop bread in the toaster. That the flip side to the pain of lost American jobs is the abundant, low-cost goods that had been off-limits to us. That a normal life without Chinese products isn't possible. That every time I see the words "Made in China," part of me longs for something I can't quite put my finger on and another part of me says, good for China. That we are so deeply tied to China that I can't envision how we could step back now.

Then it struck me that I wasn't sure if I should throw out the box of cereal with the strawberries in it, and that I didn't know if buying apple juice these days could be considered a reckless act. And where was our toothpaste made?

I sensed the reporter's impatience.

"What do product labels really tell us?" she asked.

I hesitated, and then I shot straight.

"Barely a thing."

Sara Bongiorni is author of "A Year without 'Made in China': One Family's True Life Adventure in the Global Economy."
© Copyright 2007 Globe Newspaper Company.
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11/17/2008 03:01 PM
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What are you still producing ??
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11/17/2008 03:21 PM
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At my parents' this year we are giving only pre-owned or handmade items. This'll be the fist year we've tried it.
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11/17/2008 04:12 PM
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Amish
Mennonite
local butchers
wizard (OP)
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we need to keep our money at home
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11/18/2008 08:35 AM
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and Jesus said unto me, Celebrate my life each December 25th by buying only American products utilizing your VISA card.

I explained to Jesus, I do not use Credit Cards at all and have'nt for over 5 years. I am debt free. I also reminded Jesus he was in a mental facility and that his real name was Bob smith.
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look around you all the layoffs people out of work we need to keep our money home if we try to buy only american made products the money stay with us here oh ya if any ceo are veiwing stop being so greedy and get our factorys home
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You can always buy made in the USA, just shop where the Amish sell their hand made items. Their quilts are fantastic and they make yummy snacks.


Unfortunately there aren't any Amish around central Texas. An Amish quilt will set you back at least $1500 around here.

I used to live in PA. I miss those farmstands.
 Quoting: IllumiNaughty



yes there are... they are called South Austin Hippies and Artists...

go shopping at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar... handmade gifts from right here in CenTex...

there are lots of choices,,, you just have to make the right ones...

very soon...

you will have to decide between what is right, and what is easy...

choose local
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flag waver flag waver flag waver 5a
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What are you still producing ??
 Quoting: Be Aware !


Bullshit government documents.

Didn't you read MY post? hmm
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11/19/2008 01:25 AM
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Better yet make your own Christmas gifts....

Baked goods, candles, soap, jewelry hf xmas

Give time.... help family or a friend with a project.

Christmas isn't about how much stuff from China we can buy... it's about spending time with family and friends.

Another idea is to volunteer time to help the homeless. Better to give than receive

American made flag waver
 Quoting: Catz 192197



Exactly what we are doing this year :)
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You can always buy made in the USA, just shop where the Amish sell their hand made items. Their quilts are fantastic and they make yummy snacks.


Unfortunately there aren't any Amish around central Texas. An Amish quilt will set you back at least $1500 around here.

I used to live in PA. I miss those farmstands.



yes there are... they are called South Austin Hippies and Artists...

go shopping at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar... handmade gifts from right here in CenTex...

there are lots of choices,,, you just have to make the right ones...

very soon...

you will have to decide between what is right, and what is easy...

choose local
 Quoting: Enigma



There are several "homegrown" stores here in Austin. Also try 1st Thursday ? on Congress and open market on the Drag.
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flag waver flag waver flag waver
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11/20/2008 02:44 AM
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nothing will change. ass loads of crappy crap will come from china as well as many electronics from the far east as well. same goes for clothes. most clothes are from the other half of the world.
"God" said, let us make man in our image.. IMPLYING genetic hybridization
"I awoke only to find, that the rest of the world was still asleep"
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You can always buy made in the USA, just shop where the Amish sell their hand made items. Their quilts are fantastic and they make yummy snacks.
 Quoting: starlight_afar

Very true. The Amish also deserve are help too. I have a lot of respect for them.
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spend your money here in the states even if you just give money and a card or make it your self just dont buy foreign made goods keep our money home were about to lose the big 3 see what buying foreign made goods have done to our country tell the world our country is not for sale its up to us the goverment wont do it its up to Us your children are loseing there birthright
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give cash give a pet theres lots made here think outside the box if we start they have no choice ether start manufactureing here or go out of buiness before long they will get the idea bring leivi:s home bring carpets home bring it home
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Very good.

Go Eagles fly...

Lotus
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Buy nothing this Christmas.
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buy nothing this christmass and instead really get to know your neigbors, invite the neighborhood over for a street dance, and pot luck! Do something that will create more memories (than debts)
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Buy American? I tried that for 40 years... didn't work.

Tell your "Buy America" theory to GM.... when they close their factories in Russia to help support American workers, then I'll worry about buying American.
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well said - well spoken.... applause
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There are untold thousands of hardworking american craftsmen and artists. There will be hundreds of craft shows between now and X-Mas...

Attend them! Spend your money with your neighbors!

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