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 2, 2009

When Americans began to experience the full impact of the present recession, they took a closer look at what was happening in their own backyard. By that I mean consumers are finally taking a closer look at where their purchases are being made and what happened to the manufacturing facilities that once employed Americans to produce the items now being imported. People are seeing that employment opportunities, from the production line worker to management level positions, are on the decline.

If you do a Goggle search on “What percentage of clothing is imported to America”, you will read a recent report noting that 90% of the clothing sold in America is imported from around the world! Twenty years ago that figure was reversed. I’m in favor of a global economy, but I want to see a more balanced percentage of American manufactured items sold in American stores. At least 50% would be more reasonable. The clothing industry is just one example of the many industries that out-sourced our jobs to nations around the world for bigger profits, with no second thought as to how American workers could support themselves and their families.

I am pleased to report that the Buy American Made Products Campaign is starting to be discussed more openly. People see a real need for change as they find themselves unable to find American made products in stores where they shop. In order to move the campaign forward and get the message out to business owners, I urge you to do your part and seek out and ask for American-made items at the places where you shop. When manufacturers hear from their United States business outlets that there is an outcry from customers that will affect their future business and profits, they will seek out more American-made products for their stores, which in turn will help employ more Americans. Because the demand for American-made products by the American people is being more openly discussed, there has been a drop in imported items which can lead to an increase in products with the American made label if we all support the Buy American Made Products campaign.

It’s going to take time to change, but as I stated in the past, the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. If you’re concerned about the future of America’s economy and its workers, be sure what you purchase represents a mixture of both American made and imported products. Together we can make change happen.

This is Michael Blichasz, and as always, I appreciate hearing from you. I welcome your comments and suggestions and ask that you spread the word to others. You can email me from my Internet site at: