As we talked about in our last blog, we are spending some time to strongly encouraging our fellow Americans to buy American-made products. Yes, Backyard Buddy is a proud American company that makes its lifts in the US, using American steel and American-made components, but that’s not why we started this campaign.
When you buy American-made products, you not only keep your money right here in the United States, you also provide jobs for your neighbors, your family, and all of your countrymen. The past two generations have seen staggering numbers of jobs go overseas, starting with the manufacturing sector, and now moving into the service and even the professional sector. These jobs once put food on the tables right here in the USA, but now are paying pitiful wages to foreign workers who often have no health, safety, or legal protections. And once these jobs go away, they very seldom come back.
The end result is a stagnant American economy, household incomes that buy less than they did 50 years ago, and giant big-box stores where you will be hard-pressed to find any product that didn’t cross an ocean to get there, and even harder-pressed to find a quality product that will last.
Politicians have been paying lip service to American jobs for so long that we suspect they talk about them in their sleep. But for all the good they’ve done, they may as well continue sleep talking. They are not the ones with the power to turn this around.
The only way to get the US economy back on track and provide good middle-class jobs is for each of us to demand and buy American-made products. As long as companies can keep selling us cheaply-made foreign junk that boosts their profits, they will. But even today, the customer is always right, and if every one of us buys as many American-made products as we can, and demands American-made products where we can’t find them, suddenly there will be American workers making quality American products again.
We know how this sounds, but we mean it: You can save America. Speak with your dollars when you buy American-made products. Talk to your family and friends about the importance of buying American. Post our latest video on buying American https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfxj6TZhjOo to your social media accounts, email it to your friends, and show it to your family and co-workers on your phone or your computer. But please, spread the word, and Be American, Buy American.