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  •  Al's my Senator.... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... as is Amy [altho Amy's voted with Repukes too often for my comfort level].

    I am on a Social Security income, so I don't buy all that much any longer.  When I do, I try to buy local goods from local people and/or local businesses.  When/If I can't make things for myself on my own, I look for local workers or places to buy from.  My ISP is a local cooperative (which I didn't know when I called them to connect my first computer to the internet over a decade ago), so I earn money from them (or, at least they send me a yearly statement of funds acquired but not paid out).  I later got my phone service from them, too.  When I need something communications-wise, or if I lose a connection, I call the local office and talk to a local person.  That's really nice!  [Local people who are friendly - Minnesota Nice, y'know; we speak the same language!]  I was disconcerted to find out their night-time troubleshooting internet line is now being answered by someone in Kansas City after regular local business hours, but at least, again, we speak the same language, and I don't even have to call an 800 number.

    I think it's okay to have fair trade, but so many places [cough-Wal-Mart-cough-cough] buy cheap goods from markets where workers are essentially slave labor, it hardly seems worth the effort to walk in the doors of those places, especially since so much of their merchandise looks shoddy on top of everything else.  As a person who has perfectionistic streaks when making any of my arts &crafts projects, and takes pride in making things that are not only well-made but look nice, I appreciate the same in products I buy made by others.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 11:11:34 PM PST

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