Made in the USA

I am not the author, I am passing this along without verifying the cites, so it may be bogus... But i did get it in an email so it must
have come from the Internet so it must be true...
Carla
ONE 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, but a billion of them would. With that thought in mind, read the following written by a citizen who's concerned about America's jobs:
This probably sounds crazy, but just yesterday I was in Wal Mart looking for a wastebasket. I found some made in China for $6.99. I didn't want to pay that much so I asked the lady if they had any others.. She took me to another department and they had some at $2.50 made in USA .. They are just as good. Same as a kitchen rug I needed. I had to look, but I found some made in the USA and they were $3.00 cheaper. We are being brain washed that everything that comes from China and Mexico is cheaper. Not so. That is also why I don't buy cards at Hallmark anymore. They are made in China and are expensive. I buy them at Dollar Tree....50 cents each and made in USA .
My favorite toothpaste was Colgate is made in Mexico . Now I have switched to Crest. You have to read the labels on everything. Good idea ... One light bulb at a time.
Check this out. I can verify this because I was in Lowe's 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..
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 neighbors!
If you accept the challenge, pass this on to others in your address book so we can all start buying American, one light bulb at a time! Stop buying from overseas companies! (We should have awakened a decade ago....) Let's get with the program and help our fellow Americans keep their jobs and create more jobs here in the USA .
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Nice post, kiddo.
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On Wed, 05 Oct 2011 22:55:04 -0700, Carla Fong

One question. What is a Bounce Dryer Sheet?
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On 10/6/2011 12:55 AM, Carla Fong wrote:

Kids are kids but once. Telling them YOUR opinion is fine, but I tend to feel that burdening their youth with your own political preferences at every turn is exceptionally bad parenting.
In particular, this entire "save the earth" bullshit pushed in US grade schools is frighteningly baseless. It is a scam, to gain social control, and nothing more.
Whenever anyone tells you to "save the earth"--think of Al Gore telling YOU to make sacrifices in everything you want, while he is holding his Nobel Prize in one hand and his $12,000 monthly utility bill in the other. Think of his FOUR children standing beside him, and don't think of his wife, as they're currently separated.

A story just a few weeks ago noted the last major US light bulb factory was closing. 'Major' meaning ~200 people.

This chain-letter is rather missing the point (though the US still is doing pretty good in the chain-letter business!).
The point was not to hold on to a minimum-wage job--the point was that making all these things in the USA was once middle-class jobs.
Until you understand why that is (and why it is not now) you haven't learned anything.
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Carla Fong wrote:

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Thanks for that, Carla!
Perhaps we should start a list of products we like that are manufactured in the U.S.A.
I'll start with my favorite tweezers: http://www.slivergripper.com / Manufactured in inscrutable West Hartford Conn.
--Winston
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On 10/6/2011 9:23 AM, Winston wrote:

Samuel Adams beer.
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http://www.stillmadeinusa.com /
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PrecisionmachinisT wrote:
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Thanks PM. I've asked Stephanie to add El Mar, the manufacturer of the Sliver Gripper tweezers to her site.
--Winston
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wrote:

My goodies (glare/privacy guards and handy pouches) are on http://www.madeinusa.org/nav.cgi now and I just asked Stephanie to add them to her site, too.
-- I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues. --Duke Ellington
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those are good tweezers, I had them out as gifts for no real reason at all.
I like my Cocoran or Matterhorn shoes too.
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Cydrome Leader wrote:

You too, huh? :)

If you didn't see them on Stephanie's site, I urge you to suggest them to her. http://www.stillmadeinusa.com/about.html Click the word 'feedback' five paragraphs down from the top.
--Winston
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    --Curiously ABC News has been doing segments about folks getting rid of Chinese and other foreign-made stuff and replacing it with domestic equivalents. Also curiously there's no place on their website to tell them about more sources of equivalents, most notably the Thomas Register which, for some reason, has slipped under their radar. Go figure.
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On Wed, 05 Oct 2011 22:55:04 -0700, Carla Fong

Indubitably, my dear Watsonette.

--snip--
Carla, I do the same thing. And, contary to so many Wally World boycotters, the majority of things sold at Walmart are Made in the USA. http://goo.gl/McgyX Many manufacturers in the USA are getting savvy and finding local outlets for their products again rather than trying for gigantic, far-away sales. It's keeping 'em honest. Kudos!
LJ--whose products are all USA-made (and USA sourced whenever possible.)
-- I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues. --Duke Ellington
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On 10/6/2011 8:55, Carla Fong wrote:

There are lots of products in Europe that have a sign like "Made in Germany" which really means that the product was manufactured in China, shipped to Germany and packed in Germany with this German company's cardboard box (or other such minor assemblywork).. Especially often seen with powertools (see, metalworking content:).. So all those "made in USA" products might not be what they seem..
Otherwise I agree 100% that buying goods manufactured in your own country is a very good idea for economy. I do that in Finland.
Kristian Ukkonen.
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Carla Fong wrote:

Indeed! :)
For the last month or so, I've been looking for a 'grease pencil' or 'china marker'. My local office supply stores were helpless as were my local art supply stores. I didn't want the inefficient kind that looks like a pencil. I wanted the kind with the plastic holder that uses replaceable 'leads'.
My Google searches did not reveal the name of this neat tool. (I did not check all the half million cites though.) Grrr.
One of my pals knew what I was on about and loaned me her grease pencil. Bliss! It works perfectly in my application, it is exactly what I remembered from my yout, now has seven colors available and it is *still made in the U.S.A.* in exotic, inscrutable Alameda California!
http://www.listo.com /
Model 1620 B
I just sent Stephanie a note to that effect. http://www.stillmadeinusa.com /
I just bought a dozen of them on eBay for about $1.10 each, including shipping.
--Winston <-- Will sport a silly grin for the entire day.
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