Up By Our Bootstraps....And Other Random Musings

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I love this country!

I love the country which is the United States and the ideal which is America. I get choked up at patriotic songs and the sight of a Marine. I'm proud of what we are supposed to be....we are the good guys!

That said....ugh! What a mess we are in!

I was thinking about this on my morning hike. Wondering if we were doomed, living in the decline of the American Dream? I hope not! We've gone through things before, and as a country we rallied and prevailed. What I see different right now is the attitude.

There is a history of Americans coming together when times are tough, when we are threatened or challenged. I think it's time to do it again. Look at the past for examples of this.

WWII is a perfect example. Everything went to the "war effort"! People conserved to send rubber, iron, grain, butter to our fighting boys over seas. Women went to work and men went to war. We sacrificed and came together. What about 9-11? Hurricane Katrina? Name it....if we see a threat, we come together to help each other and pull ourselves out of it.

Our economy is a mess! And I just don't see this attitude. And I'm not talking about taxes on the "rich." Sheesh.....sacrifice is NOT taking from others. What about buying American. Remember the old ads?

"Look for the Union Label"

What's wrong with supporting an American job? I did just that this morning. It took some looking. I hit Walmart today to pick up school supplies and necessities for my son. This included some white T shirts. I was thinking about this topic since this morning. As I was shopping, I thought to look to see where the T shirts were made. Honduras! Ok....Then I started looking at labels, and I found some made in the USA. They were more expensive....75¢ difference. I bought 3.

I get it....it adds up.

But what if we all did this....just a little bit. Wouldn't that revive OUR economy? What if we all took a tiny bit of our cash and invested in American companies? What if we all did a little more marketing this week and found ONE extra deal?

Just thinking out loud!


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Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Shirley: I agree also....but the point was we used to talk about buying Made in America.

Aug 23, 2011 07:03 AM #2
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Karen  - I'm surprised you found something 'made in USA' in Walmart!!   We also try to buy Canadian and our town has created a "Buy LOCAL" banner that goes across the main street here.  If everybody does a little, we all get a lot!! 

PS   Even as a Canadian, I am hitting suggest for this as it applies to both sides of the border.

Aug 23, 2011 07:13 AM #3
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Susan: There were 2 T shirts which were Made In America. At least white ones. Like the Buy Local idea.

Aug 23, 2011 07:16 AM #4
Maya Swamy
Funds Available - Long Beach, CA
Ph.D. Long Beach, CA - fundsavailable.com

Great point. But sometimes it is so hard to buy Made in America. There are no American made TVs. In fact few Electornics even if the are American brands are made here. ABC had a special where they went to the gift shops of various all the memorablia were made overseas. New Gingrich's campaign T-shirts are made in Honduras. And our passports are printed Thailand. When Reagan annouced we were now a "service economy" I protested d out loud servicing what and for whom. We have to make something.

Aug 23, 2011 08:00 AM #5
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Maya: It's true...and we can't do it on all things. But we can try to do a little. We don't need to make all of our buying decisions in this way, but a little bit here and there could go a long way.

Aug 23, 2011 08:04 AM #6
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Maya -  I believe I saw part of that special in which a family decided to stock an entire household of products with only Made in America items and how difficult to impossible it was for certain items like tvs and kitchen applicances etc.   It was quite shocking but I can only believe we're going to go full circle in both the US and in Canada. I think we've learned our lessons :)

Aug 23, 2011 08:15 AM #7
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Karen, this is a topic I've been thinking about for quite a while now and I agree completley with what you are saying.  There was an attitude in our country at one time of working and pulling together, a feeling and display of national pride...I don't see so much of that anymore.

Anyway, I think this is a very important post for people to read so I have suggested it and plan to reblog.

What do you say...let's buy American...let's regain some of the national pride...let's start putting America first....just my 2 cents.

Aug 23, 2011 11:08 AM #8
Pat, Ben and Martin Mullikin
M3 Realty - Brookfield, WI

Karen, Great post! It's a shame when the only times we pull together as a country are the disaster times! Otherwise we're just bickering ALL THE TIME! I love your BUY AMERICAN mantra, and try to do that also. I'm OK with paying more for something produced locally, as that extra money is just going to recirculate right here - at home!

Aug 24, 2011 01:25 AM #9
Reno, NV

Karen...... I really like that you are presenting "a solution" with your post on buying products that are Made in the USA. Blogs, such as yours, will bring awareness and motivation to take the time to examine labels/packaging, and perhaps spend more to rally the economy, help to keep jobs here, and support Americans. Thanks for the post....

Aug 24, 2011 07:47 AM #10
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

I too love this country and there really is SO much anyone can do. Support MADE in America for starters. Support those who stand up the "the machine". Support your local small business, VOTE!

Help support causes and charity's you are passionate about.

Its time we act politicians talk we need action, period!

Love it

Aug 24, 2011 05:15 PM #11
Ana Hitzel
AccentPositives Home Staging - Corona, CA
Professional Home Stager Inland Empire

Karen what a great post and you are right about so much.  Little things mean a lot and can make a big difference.  Thanks for the reminder.

Aug 25, 2011 10:12 AM #12
Lina Robertson
RE/MAX Solutions and RE/MAX House of Brokers - Springfield, MO
REALTOR® Serving Springfield, Nixa and Ozark, MO

Karen - You are so right!  I was just thinking the other day that we use to be a manufacturing country, but nowadays practically everything is made overseas.  I try to buy American any time I can!

Aug 25, 2011 01:55 PM #13
Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

Karen, there was a "thing" going around the internet in the sping that if we all just started buying AMERICAN..from our canned goods...and you might want to look at them, too...to our clothing, furniture, electronics (yeah, right) to everything else, we might get more jobs back here in the US.  Good for you.  Suggested.

Aug 26, 2011 02:53 PM #14
Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900
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When my youngest daughter was in parent-participation preschool, it was our policy NOT to buy anything made in China-not for economic reasons but for philosophical ones. We didn't want to financially support a country that commonly uses child labor in our efforts to support our children here.

Aug 26, 2011 06:01 PM #15
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

Suggested and re-blogged. This is SUCH an important message.

Since I've been making it a habit to read the labels I've found that I really don't need a lot of things I might have purchased just a few years ago. Now I look for the "Made in USA " label. I'll also buy made in Canada - but "Made in China" stays in the store.

Aug 26, 2011 06:03 PM #16
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
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Dear Karen,


For me the point you make is CONSCIENTIOUS living. 
Being aware of what we do and how we can help our own country.

Have a happy day -

Aug 26, 2011 06:11 PM #17
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Karen, absolutely agree with you 100%. Buy American made.  If we all get together and support our country and each other, we can do the best we can by buying American made products and that will be proof enough. For example, I buy only fruits and vegies in the produce department that are grown in US. In California, produce has to be marked if it is imported. If the only apples available in the market come from Brazil, we don't have apples at home that week. I know this sounds like discrimination, but we have farmers and growers in our country who need to be supported. Great post for discussion, suggested!

Aug 26, 2011 07:30 PM #18
Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

I agree but we have to help our manufacturers with the cost of regulation.  It makes them less competitive higher cost than other countries.

Aug 26, 2011 07:37 PM #19
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Susan: I'm sure it's very hard...and I don't know that that would be the point, but some small decisions add up if we all did it.

Nick: I see so many people turning on each other, class warfare and entitlement. That's not going to help us

Pat/Ben/Martin: I am really paying attention to things, it's a bit more expensive, but I feel better about it

Teri: We need to create our own solutions, from the people, heaven knows it's not coming from our leaders. (sigh)

David: Absolutely...that's what we can do to make things better

Ana: It's just one or two things that we can make different choices,

Lina: We were...and now our companies do make more overseas, doesn't mean that they aren't good companies, regulations and taxes have forced this, but a product made here is still an American job.

Don: It's tough....Ii'd love to just buy American...but buying here and there is a start

Michelle: Absolutely valid point...I am buying things from Italy and Britain and Australia also

Marte: Canada is great as well...support those who support us

Lynn: I like that...we do need to think more in our daily lives about how decisions we make affect others and ourselves

Pamela: That's interesting...I didn't know that about our produce. I'll have to look

Mark: I couldn't agree more. Reduce regulation and the oppressive taxes.


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