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  •  When my Dad returned (6+ / 0-)

    from WWII, he went back to his factory job. It was a pretty good Union job and, between a small farm and it, he was able to raise 7 kids. We lived close to a small town that had everything you needed to get by without going to the nearby city, where Dad worked. Dad would buy everything in that town and he especially patronized the small local hardware, from building supplies to shotgun shells. He could buy all of these things cheaper in the big city. One time, when I was maybe 20, Dad came over to my place. I was working on something and had a small bag of nuts and bolts sitting on a table which I had bought at a bigger hardware in the city. Dad looked at them and asked where I got them. I told him and he asked why I didn't by them in the local hardware, which by this time was struggling. He got very upset over that little bag of bolts and proceeded to explain to me for the umpteenth time where I screwed up.

    Dad "when you spend your money you do it in this order. First you spend your money in your township. If it doesn't have what you need, spend it in your town, then your county, then your state and then your country."

    Dad wasn't the only "old" guy that walked the talk, many if not most back then did. They knew that this is how communities survived and thrived. Sadly, the big box stores were already around and our local hardware, grocery and gas station were long closed when he passed.

    Imagine what our country would be like today if we would have listened to the old guys........

    "If fighting for a more equal and equitable distribution of the wealth of this country is socialistic, I stand guilty of being a socialist." Walter Reuther

    by fugwb on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 06:43:24 AM PST

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