Thursday, September 20, 2012

Support our President – Invest in America - Buy American

Good afternoon Pooka Family! At the time of reading this blog I hope you are in a positive frame of mind; enjoying the last days of summer; and preparing for what God has in store for you in these last 3 months of the year! I’m writing this blog on the day after the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention. Unfortunately, I was not able to watch the entire convention each night (Taiye insisted on watching Dora) but I did catch-up on it via the internet. I am so proud of the job this administration is doing and I feel empowered to do whatever I can to support it! And that includes financially as well. Not only by making another contribution to the Obama campaign (which I will do as soon as I complete this blog) but also by buying American! Normally, I am known to be a frugalista so I will look at price first before making a purchase and not even look at whether or not the item is made or manufactured in the U.S.A. But last month I received an email from my Uncle in Atlanta entitled, “Time for a Change”. After reading that email I was determined to buy American for at least 1 month. I wonder how much impact that will have on the U.S. economy, U.S. workers, and U.S. businesses? Probably not much from 1 person so I forwarded the email to my sisters and we have committed to buying American made products for 1 month. So will you join us? Support our President, support our workers, and support our country by buying American. Below is the original email my Uncle forwarded to me. Also, next month, Donna suggested that we try buying Black for 1 month! We can do it Pooka Family! It takes 7 days to form a habit so if we can continue this habit 30 days and beyond we can make a huge impact to putting U.S. businesses back in the forefront! Did y'all see Diane Sawyer's special report? They removed ALL items from a typical, middle class family's home that were not made in the USA. There was hardly anything left besides the kitchen sink. Literally. During the special they showed truckloads of items - USA made - being brought in to replace everything and talked about how to find these items and the difference in price etc. It was interesting that Diane said if every American spent just $64 more than normal on USA made items this year, it would create something like 200,000 new jobs! I WAS BUYING FOOD THE OTHER DAY AT WALMART and ON THE LABEL OF SOME PRODUCTS IT SAID 'FROM CHINA' FOR EXAMPLE THE "OUR FAMILY" BRAND OF THE MANDARIN ORANGES SAYS RIGHT ON THE CAN 'FROM CHINA ' I WAS SHOCKED SO FOR A FEW MORE CENTS I BOUGHT THE LIBERTY GOLD BRAND OR THE DOLE SINCE IT'S FROM CALIFORNIA. Are we Americans as dumb as we appear --- or --- is it that we just do not think? The Chinese, knowingly and intentionally, export inferior and even toxic products and dangerous toys and goods to be sold in American markets. 70% of Americans,.. believe that the trading privileges afforded to the Chinese should be suspended. Why do you need the government to suspend trading privileges? You Can..DO IT YOURSELF, AMERICA !! Simply look on the bottom of every product you buy, and if it says 'Made in China ' or 'PRC' (and that now includes Hong Kong), simply choose another product, or none at all. You will be amazed at how dependent you are on Chinese products, and you will be equally amazed at what you can do without. Who needs plastic eggs to celebrate Easter? If you must have eggs, use real ones and benefit some American farmer. Easter is just an example. The point is do not wait for the government to act. Just go ahead and assume control on your own. THINK ABOUT THIS: If 200 million Americans each refuse to buy just $20 of Chinese goods, that's a billion dollar trade imbalance resolved in our!! Most of the people who have been reading about this matter are planning on implementing this on Sept. 1st and continue it until Oct. 1st. That is only one month of trading losses, but it will hit the Chinese for 1/12th of the total, or 8%, of their American exports. Then they might have to ask themselves if the benefits of their arrogance and lawlessness were worth it. Remember, Sept. 1st to October 1st! Send this to everybody you know. Let's show them that we are Americans and NOBODY can take us for granted. If we can't live without cheap Chinese goods for one month out of our lives, WE DESERVE WHAT WE GET! Pass it on, America ... Well, come to think of it, instead of doing it for just 1 month why not try to do it all the time.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Open letter to the president

Dear President Barack Obama, I just want to say that the Democratic Convention was awesome! The entertainment was on point with Mary J. Blige, Bruce Springsteen (Yeah America!)Among many others!And all of the speakers were great, Michelle, Bill and yourself included. But I couldn't help but to be a bit ticked because I had tickets and they were cancelled on us! Yes they had to move the convention to a smaller venue,because of a tornado/twister/end of the world storm coming. And yes there was a storm that night, and it poured, thunder and lighting but doggone it I wanted to go! I watched at home on T.V. (Weather was bad) and all I saw was bright happy faces, laughing,crying,sharing in the words that were being poured over them like honey. I watched with disgusting fascination what people were wearing in the audience (why did she wear that?)Or who they were with(really? Who let that person in?)But it didn't really make me feel any better because they were there and I was at home looking in. I say all of this to say,YOU have to win this for all of the people who couldn't make it there! We want to celebrate with you in person! P.S. Or a new job with great benefits would be nice ;)