Thursday, March 10, 2011
Talk is Cheap....
I get tired of hearing financial debate constantly, and I get tired of complaints without solutions. Want a bipartisan solution to our financial woes that you can be a part of? If you do, quit buying cheap, low quality Chinese crap at WalMart (or wherever) and start reading tags. Spend an extra little bit on the things you need and buy quality American goods whenever possible or spend less on the things you need and buy them secondhand. This will create demand, which will necessitate supply, which will create jobs, and it will keep American money in the U.S. and pay American workers. I buy secondhand goods frequently, and EVERYTHING that is now made in China used to be made here in the U.S. We can't fix our financial problems if we keep giving all of our money to China in return for "goods" that are covered in lead paint. If you buy cheap, foreign made crap because it is less expensive, you are part of the problem. If you do not, or if you make the decision not to from here on, you are part of the solution. :)
And because I believe talk is cheap, I want to say that I buy a good portion of our household goods secondhand (and I can often afford much nicer things for this reason) at thrift stores and antique shops. I have begun making a good amount of my own clothing. And my husband and I are conscientious label readers. It can be hard, and it means passing items up sometimes, but it can be done.
A note to any readers from other countries:
I am not an American elitist. I know that there are lots of goods made elsewhere in the world that are very high quality, and I am not necessarily opposed to buying those. There is a difference between spending money on Waterford Crystal (when it was made in Ireland) because it is quality and spending money on Chinese clothing at Wal Mart because it is cheap. There has been some heated debate in the U.S. for some time over the national deficit and what to do about it, and I am telling people who are pissed about our financial situation how to fix it.