The slowdown has affected everyone, but you can help your neighbors.  This help is easy and comes back to help you! In economics there is a term called the velocity of money. It has to do with how much business is exchanged between different businesses. We want the flow of money to stay within our community called The United States of America instead of flowing out of the country.

When you buy something it affects someone somewhere. The next time you go to the store read the labels to see where the products are actually made and try to pick a US produced product. Just because the label is Japanese does not mean it’s made in a foreign country. Just because the label is from an old fashion American brand does not mean it’s made in America. Hershey’s candy labels say made in Mexico for example while a house brand chocolate bar is made in America and less expensive to boot. Toyota builds trucks in the US. There are hundreds of examples like these where things are not as they seem.

Read the labels! Content control issues from China just reinforce that buying American made is a good choice but you have to read the label.