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, June 19, 2010

Read Labels Carefully!

Every American business still manufacturing here in the U.S.A. appreciates customers purchasing the products they make and supporting the American workers they employ. During these changing times, I urge you to reward the businesses manufacturing in the U.S.A. through your purchasing
power. We all realize that those products may cost a little more, but if we keep manufacturing jobs in America it will benefit all of us in the long run.

If you were a business owner employing people today, I know you would appreciate the backing of the American people who deliberately choose to buy American made products, even though more plentiful and less expensive imported products line store shelves. Because so many major American brand name items are manufactured abroad, we must be sure to read labels carefully for place of manufacture before you make your purchase. Many companies have their headquarters in the U.S.A., but their products are now totally manufactured overseas.

We have to accept the fact that millions of jobs were lost to outsourcing because the American people did not react while one company after another closed and moved its manufacturing facilities abroad. It is very clear that Americans simply purchased whatever was available on the shelf regardless of where it was made, not considering that the balance between American and imported items was shifting, year after year. Now as Americans feel the pinch, they see it’s time to level the playing field and rebuild America’s manufacturing base with modern day facilities, but as you can understand this is easier said then done.

To keep the Made in America issue moving forward, I urge you to continue contacting your elected leaders to lower business taxes to help businesses remain stable and grow, and be sure to use your purchasing power to support products made in the U.S.A.

This is Michael Blichasz. I appreciate receiving your comments and suggestions. You can email a copy of my commentary to family members and friends and invite them to spread the word about the Buy American Made Campaign. There is a new email link on my Internet site at: or