Four years ago I made a New Year’s resolution. I had been thinking about the fiends and family I had struggling with unemployment and how our country’s economic troubles are made so much worse by the enormous number of goods we import each year. We would be so much better off if we created jobs by making those goods here in America. We just need more Americans to demand goods made in the USA.
So I said to myself, I might not be able to change the way Americans shop, but I can certainly change the way I shop, and I refuse to continue to contribute to a problem that is causing so much economic pain for so many. From now on I’m buying American!
That was the New Year’s resolution I made to myself four years ago. I originally set out to do it for one year, but once I completed the first year, I didn’t even consider stopping there. I found out that once you buy American for a few months it becomes second nature.
While this experience hasn’t been easy, it has been very rewarding. I feel good knowing I am doing my part to create jobs when I buy the things I need. From shoes, to clothes, to furniture, to cars, practically everything I buy is made in USA. Those purchases are creating jobs in Virginia (where I live) and in places across the country. Looking back, deciding to buy American is one of the best decisions I have made.
My New Year’s resolution this year is to make a concerted effort to get more people to commit to buying American. I know there are millions of Americans that are willing to do it. We just need to find those people and ask them to join our growing Buy American Movement. If we get enough people to do it, we can make a real difference by creating jobs at a time that so many Americans need work.
Please consider taking the buy American challenge. Buying American is the one thing you can do every day to help create jobs for Americans. What better time to begin than at the start of a new year?
If you will do it, you will be doing your part to regaining our country’s economic prosperity.