I love Tom Ashbrook's show, On Point, which is produced and airs daily on WBUR Boston an affiliate of NPR. On Thursday, September 13, 2007 Tom had a great show entitled "Made In America". He discussed with guests how Americans are becoming increasingly aware of the economic impact of the corporations taking manufacturing globally is having on Americans. Manufacturing jobs have moved to China, Taiwan, Mexico and the middle class. American communities are suffering so Wal Mart can sell more stuff at lower prices, but these lower prices leave American communities impoverished as their citizens are thrown out of work.
In addition, manufacturing in other countries is done more cheaply because foreign manufacturers pollute the enviorment, exploit their workers, and engage in business practices illegal and immoral if practiced in the United States. If Americans want to hold manufacturers to higher environmental and human standards domestically how can we then purchase cheaper products from foreign countries who don't meet these same standards? Thirdly, it has become apparent with the tainted pet food, toothpaste, and toys that foreign products are not always safe and there is little accountability.
There are many good reasons to buy American but unfortunately, in many instances, the things we want to buy are no longer manufactured in the United States as American businesses have been driven out of business by cheaper prices demanded by the big box stores like Wal-Mart.
If you would like to buy American, and don't know or can't find what you are looking for, visit Stephanie Sanzone's web site, Still Made In USA, http://www.stillmadeinusa.com/. Stephanie is one of the guests interviewed by Tom on the show. To listen to the show, go to the On Point web page by clicking on the link below.