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ECONOMY: What happened to Made in America?

Letter by Laraine M. Harrison, Kent on July 30, 2010 at 1:27 pm | 53 Comments »
July 30, 2010 2:00 pm

The Republicans blocked a bill to help small businesses borrow expansion money from small banks. The bill would have helped American businesses create American jobs.

We need the jobs, and the huge corporations are not only sending all our jobs overseas, they’re also applying for (and receiving) special visas so non-citizens can come to our country and take more American jobs.

Go to any big chain and try to find something made in America. Revere ware, KitchenAid, Black & Decker, Craftsman: all American icons and all now made in other countries. And good luck finding any bedding that’s made here.

We need to get our economy going. Let’s start regulating big business and cut out their tax breaks and shelters. Let’s help small businesses expand and hire more people. Let’s stop outsourcing our jobs. Let’s stop giving tax breaks to the top 1 or 2 percent of our population while the rest of us try to carry our country on our backs.

Let’s make Congress work for us, not for the corporations and the rich.
And even if you have to pay more and shop on the Internet, buy American.

I’m a strong progressive, and I want my country back, too. We all need to work together to make it happen.

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