Why do we need foreign manufactured goods? We have this complicated “Love, Hate” relationship with foreign made products. Like it or hate it, this has become an important practice for survival, buying foreign goods, for many years now. Just take a look at the things in your life that have the origin of overseas manufacturing. From household appliances to the auto industry, to even the very clothes on your back. Even the items that say “Made in America”, more often than not have some parts made overseas. Yes, even the shirt on your back. The tag may say “Made in America ” , more than likely the material came from a “Sweat Shop” in India.
“Made in America”, at one time, meant a quality product, made with pride by hard working, grassroots Americans. To a very large extent, it still does. The only problem is, because of imports, this practice of manufacturing in the U. S. A. has become scarce and somewhat costly. I’d like to tell you that everything made overseas is crap, junk, and poorly made. I can’t!! In many cases the products are good. They hold up well. They are made with foreign pride and most important, we can actually afford to purchase them. We are so dependent, so interwoven into this way of “Doing Business” we would at this juncture, probably not survive without this foreign based economy.
When I have purchased these foreign goods, ” I’m Guilty as Charged”. I thought to myself considering not how poorly it was made, but how can they sell something this nice so reasonable. That’s the problem in a “Nutshell”. Don’t worry, I’ll punch myself hard , when I yell “Thank heaven for foreign made goods, they improve the quality of our lives”. Please forgive me people, but that’s the honest truth. If we wanted to fix this, we probably could. At what cost? How much pain? I can tell you one thing about most Americans, our budgets are maxed out already. We are certainly not a fan of “Paying too Much for that Muffler”. We do not like pain.
To make another important point, many Americans just do not know how to handle money. In fact, most of us “Suck” at it. To the point “We Want IT All, and We Want IT Now”. The term “Discretionary Money” is anything left over when the months bills have been paid. They spend every Damn dime. Savings are for those people blessed with one of everything on earth already. I do understand, however it is so wrong to have this mind set. “Poop Happens”. So many things can come up and, bet on it, it will. Appliances burn out, your car, at some point, will fail you. Unseasonably bad weather may drive your electric bill through the roof, and Heaven forbid, at some point your health goes South. We all need a “Nest Egg”, something put aside for a “Rainy Day”. If you don’t at least attempt to save, you, my friend, are living in a “House of Cards”. No one wants to live in a “House of Cards”.
Now, when you do have that “Nest Egg” or true discretionary money, buy that thing you want. Hopefully it’s American made. One thing I can tell you if you want a nice American made piece of bling, buy a nice piece of Native American handcrafted jewelry. Comparatively speaking, reasonable at any price.