One week ago, we elected a President who promised to bring jobs back to America.
It’s a topic that we can all agree on, even across party lines. Most of us believe the economy can be improved by bringing jobs home, most of us want to have the availability of a job, and most of us want to earn a living wage. All this can be accomplished by giving outsourcing the boot in exchange for American jobs.
I’m all for American made. More jobs here means a bolstered economy, better living conditions for our citizens, and a certain pride in what we do here in our country.
But here’s where I get a little lost: for anyone who wants to bring jobs back to America, I want you to get naked. Seriously, take your shirt off. And dig in there and find the tag. Where does it come from?
Now I want you to go in your pantry and check out the food products you bought. Where were they manufactured?
What about that end table you got on sale a few months ago?
Where are most of the Christmas gifts you’re buying this year coming from?
And the decorations? Where were they made?
Voting Happens Every Single Day
These are a few of the questions that confuse me when people say, “we want to bring jobs back to America.” While our voices say we want more American jobs, our actions do not. We’ve given up our values for convenience, the ability to get what we want, when we want, no matter the back end consequences.
I get it, we’ve all been raised to be suckers for a good sale. Who hasn’t gone to the back of the store to find the perfect $4 t-shirt, and then consequently bragged about it to our friends? Consumerism is part of our culture, and cheap consumerism is something we pride ourselves on. It’s become so ingrained in our lives that we only look at the tag of an item to see how much it is, with little regard to where it came from. It’s cheap and we want it.
But what if, instead of spending money buying cheap items, we spend the same amount of money on fewer, higher quality items that were made right here at home? Sounds like a win all around to me. If we decided to purchase more made in America items, it would be incentive for manufacturing companies and skilled artisans to bring their work back to America. You think huge companies are going to say, nbd, we don’t need the American market? No, they’re going to make efforts to bring jobs home to win your hearts (and your dollars) back.
Not contributing to companies whose stakeholders don’t include American workers means you’re voting to bring jobs back to America. And, if you think about it, that means you can vote for that issue every day.
We’ve always had the power to bring jobs back to America. The question is whether we’re exercising that power or not.
The Best Time To Make Positive Change
Is always right now.
And I’m going to be up front with you: it’s going to be inconvenient. But that’s okay. Because you’re cool with fighting for what’s right, even if it gets a little murky.
The American people, as a collective, are more powerful than anyone we’ll ever put in office. We are the ones who can cause serious change.
It’s the perfect time of year to start putting American made habits in your shopping repertoire. With the holidays coming up, we are going to be spending exponentially more across a wide range of industries. Here are a few ways you can put your new gifting pride to work:
- Check the tag and only buy American made.
- Research the company to see where they manufacture their products. And while you’re there, make sure they’re employing sustainable business practices.
- Look for handmade gifts on sites like Etsy.
- Give experiences instead of items. Gifting a white-water rafting trip is definitely supporting American jobs!
- Purchase from local businesses large and small. You’ll not only be supporting them as a business, but supporting your local community.
I’m a big believer that small changes, made collectively, make a big difference. Use this holiday season to boost your own support for the American economy by purchasing American made.