I believe that buying “American Made” is the single most important financial decision that you can make. A great many people seem to think that politicians have the answers, they don’t. If every American resolved to buy domesticaly made products whenever possible it would send billions of dollars pouring into our economy. You would see a massive resurgence in hiring and those new jobs would probably pay pretty well. The shrinking middle class in this country would come roaring back. You make the difference, not some elected official.
When I tell this to people I often hear the same misconception over and over again in their reply. “Buy American? Good luck finding anything still made here”. This is a misguided and cynical view and my answer usually surprises them. “Really? My New Balance sneakers are made in America, so are my jeans, and my sweatshirt and my jacket”. Not only are many things still made here, but they are pretty easy to find and pretty fairly priced when you take a long term view.
In support of the “Made in the USA” movement I have showcased a different “American Made” items every Monday for the last 18 months. Not only do I get to support my fellow American workers, but I also get to learn about some great products. I often end of buying many of the items that I write about. One of them was a a “Carhartt Detroit Jacket“ that I certainly have been getting a lot of use out of this winter.
I am happy to report that I really like my new winter jacket. It fits very well, it is extremely warm, and looks great. Being black it does so even a small amount of lint, but I have a brush for that. All in all I am very happy with my jacket, but one small detail inside one of the pockets gave ma a bit of surprise.
It was a little tag that reads “Inspected by Billy”. I have an Uncle Billy, I know a few guys named Billy. The Billy that inspected my jacket is probably a lot like those guys. Just an average middle class person, working at a factory that makes clothing for people like me. I don’t know the man, but I bet Billy worries about the economy, he believes in Carhartt clothing and wants people to try them.
Billy is someone’s child, perhaps someone’s brother or husband, maybe he’s someone’s father. Most of what I have said about Billy is speculation, the only thing I know for sure is that he is an American worker, he inspected my jacket, and that jacket is one of the best I have ever owned. We are all in this together and we are the deciders of our future. Please remember that the next time you decide to buy something.