Not merely words but deeds

Apparently one of the more effective political ads during this election cycle depicted a Chinese professor teaching his students about how America used to be a great power, how America stumbled, and how America now works for China.  [Full disclosure:  I never saw the commercial (watch very little television) so I am relying on news reports I’ve heard on the radio.]

The point of this political ad, presumably, was  to tell Americans , at the present rate we are going (with sending all those jobs overseas to China), this forecast will come true.

And the American public responded with their vote.  They want jobs here not going to China (and they also want jobs!). 

Where should Americans begin?  Stop shopping at Wal-Mart (and Target, Lowe’s, Home Depot, etc).

Wal-Mart is the largest corporation in the world.  Wal-Mart is known for offering products at a low price.  But how is Wal-Mart able to offer products at such low prices?  Wal-Mart searches the globe for the cheapest manufacturers.  You, as an American consumer, may believe you are very patriotic by shopping at Wal-Mart.  The corporation began in the United States, in Arkansas, right?  But Wal-Mart is not buying products from America for the most part.  Wal-Mart offers merchandise at low prices because the merchandise is made in countries with extremely low salaries, compared to the United States.  [The same analysis applies to other big box stores such as Target, Home Depot and Lowe’s, just to name a few.]

So you want jobs to remain here in America?  Do you shop at Mom & Pop stores (or have they been run out of business because a Wal-Mart opened in your community)? Do you patronize other small local businesses in your area (or do you believe the prices they charge are too high, compared to Wal-Mart, Target, Lowe’s and Home Depot)?

Put your money where your mouth is!

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