Posted By RichC on November 30, 2012
I started a post earlier in the week with the intent to demonstrate my ability to “Rise Above” and to recommend a compromise solution that would address the fiscal cliff, but I realized that I was banging my head against a wall even when dealing with people I get along with. I can’t imagine reaching an agreement with those who only see a “one way” sign? I’m putting the draft in moth balls for now until I’m feeling more optimistic – we’ve got 30 days!
For now, let’s start smaller as a way to “grow” our economy and stimulate job growth. Each job we save (and hopefully new ones we create) keeps one more person and one more family off the entitlement roles and self-reliant. These working families in turn can purchase products, keep others employed and paying enough in taxes in order to hire more bureaucrats that provided the many services our “wise elected representatives in Washington DC” decide we “must” have. I’m sure they are all necessary. (ok, that last bit was a little sarcastic).
We made our first pair of running shoes in 1938 and hold the distinction as the only company that still manufactures athletic shoes in the USA. One out of every four pair of shoes we sell in the U.S. is made or assembled here. Where the domestic value is at least 70% we have labeled them "Made in the USA". — NB
So here’s what you can do: This year, if there is a fairly priced product of equal or better quality being make in America, choose the one made in the USA. I’m not suggesting wasting money or settling for something of poor design or quality, but when there is a product made in America, chose that instead of the one using inexpensive overseas labor. For example, it is an easy call when buying athletic shoes because only one major brand makes a majority of their shoes in the US and they are of high quality and are nearly equally priced with the other heavily marketed brands. My suggesting is to compare the New Balance shoes to the competition … and unless there is a really good reason to purchase the other brand … go with the NB shoes. It is probably only a small thing for the consumer, but it’s a big thing for those supporting their families because the have a US job. I highly doubt changing athletic shoe brands will negatively affect your foot comfort or performance. Personally I think most “daily-wear” athletic shoes are about the same. Give NB a try this year and feel good about keeping a fellow citizen employed.