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, May 22, 2010

America’s New Graduates Are Depending On You!

The 2010 graduation season is here and tens of thousands of talented young men and women are graduating, prepared to enter the workplace. Last year, 80% of college graduates were unable to secure a job. Today, due to the recession, job outsourcing overseas and corporate downsizing, graduates continue to face high levels of unemployment.

There are ways we can help improve this situation for new graduates and all American workers. The solution is simple, yet very meaningful. Go out of your way to purchase products made by businesses operating here in the U.S.A. and help create new jobs through your purchasing power. To take advantage of the talents of recent graduates, U.S. companies must be placed in a position to expand research and development of high quality and competitively priced products. Add to that jobs created for production, sales and distribution of products, and you will see many new jobs available here in the U.S.A.

I am sure your will agree that when you can't find a 50-50 balance of clothing, electronics, tools, furniture and hundreds of other products made in the country where you live, you know it is time for a major overhaul of the way we do business in the U.S.A. Additionally, not every person is seeking employment in management, investment, or research and development, so it's important to restore every type of manufacturing so that every American seeking employment has an opportunity to produce what Americans buy on a regular basis and be part of America’s workforce, be able to support themselves and their families and add to the well-being of America’s economy.

I continue to hear some positive things from people who are using their purchasing power to support American made products. Speaking up where you shop and letting others know you are concerned about American workers is having an impact on store owners and store personnel. As we move forward with the Buy American Made Campaign, don't miss an opportunity to speak up and spread the word because America's graduates and America's workers are depending on us.

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