Wednesday, January 27, 2010

One Light Bulb at a Time

A physics teacher in high school, once told the students that while one grasshopper on the railroad tracks wouldn't slow a train very much, a billion of them would. With that thought in mind, read the following, obviously written by a good American.

Good idea one light bulb at a time…

Check this out. I can verify this because I was in Lowes the other day for some reason and just for the heck of it I was looking at the hose attachments. They were all made in China. The next day I was in Ace Hardware and just for the heck of it I checked the hose attachments there. They were made in USA. Start looking.

In our current economic situation, every little thing we buy or do affects someone else - even their job. So, after reading this email, I think this lady is on the right track. Let's get behind her!

My grandson likes Hershey's candy. I noticed, though, that it is marked made in Mexico now. I do not buy it any more.

My favorite toothpaste Colgate is made in Mexico, now I have switched to Crest. You have to read the labels on everything.

This past weekend I was at Kroger. I needed 60W light bulbs and Bounce dryer sheets. I was in the light bulb aisle, and right next to the GE brand I normally buy was an off-brand labeled, "Everyday Value." I picked up both types of bulbs and compared the stats - they were the same except for the price.

The GE bulbs were more money than the Everyday Value brand but the thing that surprised me the most was the fact that GE was made in MEXICO and the Everyday Value brand was made in - get ready for this - the USA in a company in Cleveland, Ohio.

So throw out the myth that you cannot find products you use every day that are made right here.

So on to another aisle - Bounce Dryer Sheets, yep, you guessed it,Bounce cost more money and is made in Canada. The Everyday Value brand was less money and MADE IN THE USA! I did laundry yesterday and the dryer sheets performed just like the Bounce Free I have been using for years and at almost half the price!

My challenge to you is to start reading the labels when you shop for everyday things and see what you can find that is made in the USA - the job you save may be your own or your neighbor's!

If you accept the challenge, just do this:
Stop buying from overseas companies!

(We should have awakened a decade ago.)

Let's get with the program help our fellow Americans keep their jobs and create more jobs here in the U.S.A.
(Thanks Duane, for sending us this email, so that I could share it here!)


Emma said...

I so agree.... lets all do are part!!!

tammy said...

Great idea!

Becky said...

Thanks for alerting me! I'm definitely going to start paying more attention.

Pedaling said...

my mom always checks to see where stuff is made!

belle said...

just thought i'd leave a comment ! i hit the "next blog" button on the top of my own blog page!

what a beautiful family you have:)

Debbie said...

I will start checking more often also. Thank you for posting this!

Cherie said...

That is great - really superb!!

We all need to BUY AMERICAN!!!

We may save our country someday by doing this!!!

Cynthia said...

I love this! I will start paying more attention to that. Thanks!

Rick Carpenter said...

What about buying a car? Everyone says "buy American". My dilemna is that I do not want to support the United Auto Workers union, which uses part of their dues income to support the Democratic party. So which is the American car: the Toyota Tacoma, built in Tennessee by non-UAW American workers, or the Chevy Suburban, which is built in Mexico? Where does the labor income go (or stay)? So I get the best of both worlds: a quality vehicle, truly made in America, by American workers, and I don't have to support Obama in the process!

PK 09 said...

Wow you sure have a large family!

Corey Timm said...

Awesome way to look at it. I'm an unemloyed manufacturing buyer and I was laid off directly because my company selected Taiwan over here. People need to understand we can't just buy and sell foreign products and all make enough to survive.

There's my little rant, thanks for the correct attitude to help america to keep going forward.

wendy said...

This is comething I don't think I've ever really thought about. I need to read the labels---but NOW WHAT --do I buy Canadian....or American.
I am torn.
That's what happens when your heart is in 2 places.

Kristin said...

REally a great post - you've inspired me, I'll start checking those labels. Only sad thing is I'd have to sell all my cars . . . not quite sure I'm ready for that one yet . . .