Tuesday, January 18, 2011

One Light Bulb ...

This came to me in an email this morning from Robert's sister, Cindy.  I was shocked!  How could I have missed something as important as this?  How many other Americans have also innocently had their heads in the sand?  Thank you, Cindy!

A high school physics teacher once told his students that one grasshopper on the railroad tracks wouldn't slow a train, but a billion of them would. With that thought in mind, read the following:

This past weekend I was at Kroger. I needed 60W light bulbs and Bounce dryer sheets.  In the light bulb aisle, right next to the GE brand I normally buy, was an off-brand labeled "Everyday Value".  I picked up both packages of bulbs and compared the stats -- they were identical except for the price. The GE bulbs cost more than the value brand, but the thing that surprised me was that the GE bulbs were made in Mexico and the value brand was made in the USA in Cleveland, Ohio.  I put the GE bulbs back on the shelf.

Then I went to another aisle to get Bounce Dryer Sheets.  The Bounce dryer sheets cost a lot more and I noticed it's made in Canada.  The value brand again cost less and it's made in the USA.  I did laundry yesterday and I can tell you, the off-brand dryer sheets performed just like the Bounce that I've been using for years -- and at almost half the price!

The other day I went to Lowe's to look at hose attachments. Every one of them was made in China. The next day I went to Ace Hardware and checked the hose attachments there. They were all made in the USA. Start looking at things yourself and you'll see.  In our current economic situation, every single thing we buy or do affects someone else -- even their job.

My family likes Hershey's candy. I noticed that now it's marked "Made in Mexico".   I don't buy Hershey's any more.  My favorite toothpaste, Colgate, is even made in Mexico, so now I've switched to Crest.  We now have to read the labels on everything we buy!

My challenge to you:  Start reading the labels on everything you buy when you shop.  See what you can find that's made in the USA-- the job you save may be your own or your neighbor's!  

We should have awakened a decade ago!  If you accept the challenge, pass this on to everyone you know so we can all start buying American again.  Let's boycott the products that are made overseas.  We've got to get back with the program and help our fellow Americans keep their jobs and create even more jobs here in the USA ... even if we have to do it one light bulb at a time ... 


“I am only one, but I am one. I can't do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do. And by the grace of God, I will.” ~Everett Hale

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6 comments:

CJ Parrish Heck said...

From Facebook Page:

John Roof
We have been doing this for a while now. also my favorite candy York mints are from Mexico. A lot of your parts for your car are made in Mexico. we need to support American Made products. But don't look for a TV there are none made here that I know about.
tcj

CJ Parrish Heck said...

CJ Heck
I feel ashamed that I've not checked at all to see where things were manufactured. I'll not make that mistake again! Thanks, John!
CJ

CJ Parrish Heck said...

From Facebook:

John wrote:
"The list is endless -- very few of our clothes are made here any more. Believe it or not a lot of our food is brought in from overseas. The worst is our military equipment -- a lot of the parts are made overseas so if the suppliers decide to stop supplying to us, it is bad news USA. Check out where your gasoline comes from. Most of this is because we signed the dumb ass exchange tariff bill. BAD Bad Bad
tcj"

CJ Parrish Heck said...

So basically, it's our own fault that the economy is failing so badly ... sad. Damn sad. I'm going to do my part from now on.
CJ

CJ Parrish Heck said...

From Facebook:

John Roof
you understand we voted those fools into office in Washington who did this. I will not tell you what party most of them where in.

The biggest Cargo ship in the world leaves China. It has a crew of 14 men and comes to LA to unload. It takes days, sails back to China empty.

Levi jeans are not made in America anymore. This is all BS and we need to break all off our trade agreements with all the other countries. It all comes down to making money for the very rich and Wall Street. There is no honor anymore.
tcj

CJ Parrish Heck said...

Sad, John, and so unfortunate we've let things get so bad.
CJ

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