I just watched a video clip from ABC Evening News on a builder using only Made In America products in his home construction. The story went on to say that if all U.S. builders would just increase their Made in America content by only 5%, that it would increase U.S. employment by 220,000 jobs. WOW!
The best part is it only increased the cost of the house by about 1%. I bet that if the builders would increase their use by the 5%, then prices would be able to come down at least that 1% due to higher production rates and efficiencies at the supplying companies.
Now consider expanding that thought. What if everyone, all consumers, all business, all government agencies increased their buying of products Made in America by just 5%. I'm not advocating just American owned companies, only that the workers that make the finished product work in one of our 50 states. This isn't a corporate profit thing, this is putting Americans back to work. I'm not against free trade and I'm not advocating a big change that could affect the world economy, I'm talking about a 5% change. I believe it would solve the unemployment problem in one year. If you agree, pass it on to your representatives, this just might make a real difference.
And as always, start with highly energy efficient vinyl replacement windows for your home. Made in America, great return on investment, and a good idea all around.
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