From the Desk of

Michael Blichasz

Host of the Saturday Variety Program at 11 A.M.
1540 AM Radio WNWR • Philadelphia, PA

Commentary from Saturday, March 6, 2010

World Competitors

For the past 30 years, America has been in competition with a growing number of countries around the world who have expanded their manufacturing capabilities. This is evident as we go shopping and find that an overwhelming majority of products are now imported. The issue that we must see rectified is the loss of millions of manufacturing jobs for American workers, by businesses who relocated their manufacturing lines overseas in search of a better bottom line.

Part of the loss of manufacturing in the U.S.A. is due to rising operational costs, business taxes, environmental regulations and higher wages paid to American workers who have come to enjoy a higher standard of living. To make matters worse, many of the manufacturing giants around the world are subsidizing their workers to help keep their products inexpensive in foreign markets.

As you know, the United States of America is now a major customer of these low-cost items. Most of these items are sold on the American market at many times the cost of what the importing businesses paid for them. Therefore, the profit on imported products is higher for the business doing the importing, but continues to be very detrimental for American workers and America’s economy.

I have appealed to you many times to support the Buy American Made Campaign and asked that you remember, as American consumers, we are capable of making major changes happen by the way we spend our money every time we go shopping. We simply can’t permit America to remain a growing market place for foreign products, and see Americans unemployed. If we focus on the products presently being made in the U.S.A.,we are not only supporting present day manufacturers, but demonstrating solidarity and our willingness to support businesses that will expand manufacturing in the U.S.A. Buying American made first will also help create many levels of employment opportunities. All of us have seen what too much outsourcing has done to America’s employment base and know how important it is to restore American manufacturing and compete with imports.

Together we can make some major changes possible! Let’s do it!

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