Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Small changes can change us all: Buying American to create more jobs

I have long been an advocate to trying to Buy Made in USA, which can be a difficult task at times no doubt. But there is no simpler solution to a stronger US economy than to buy more Made in USA stuff. It's the familiar story... buy more local stuff and more local jobs are reated.

The US Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released one of their monthly reports last week on Personal Income and Outlays for December 2011. For the month of December 2011, Disposable Personal Income (personal income minus personal taxes) increased .04 percent to 11.6 trillion dollars. That's a lot of money! Of that, we spent just over 2.5 trillion on non-durable goods. This is where you can increase your purchases of Made in USA non-durable goods. Think clothing, luggage, shoes, toys, office supplies, etc...

Just 10 percent of what we spent in December is 250 billion dollars. Try adding that to the US manufacturing sector each month and see what follows: Stronger Americans equals stronger America. Strong America equals stronger Americans.

So think before you buy. Sometimes paying a little more is well worth it in the long run.

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