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Americans must decide. Do they pledge allegiance to money-grubbing, as Mitt Romney does? Or do they pledge allegiance to the United States of America? If it’s the United States, then on this Independence Day, demonstrate patriotic pride by deliberately buying American. Search for that “Made in USA” label. Pick the product that will create American jobs, the one that is an investment in an American company and the American economy.

America commemorates its Independence Day this week with food, festivity and fireworks. To supply these events, Mitt Romney recommends: Buy foreign.

Americans naturally think the patriotic choice would be to buy American. But for Romney, capitalism trumps patriotism. Romney goes where the money is. He made big bucks as CEO of Bain Capital by investing in a series of companies that specialized in shipping American jobs off shore. For him, it’s fine to kill an American job as long as he can make a buck on it.

Americans must decide then. Do they pledge allegiance to money-grubbing? Or do they pledge allegiance to the United States of America? If it’s the United States, then on this Independence Day, demonstrate patriotic pride by deliberately buying American. Search for that “Made in USA” label. Pick the product that will create American jobs, the one that is an investment in an American company and the American economy.

Romney’s decisions over his business and political career clearly illustrate that for him the most important symbol isn’t the American flag. It’s the almighty dollar. As the CEO of Bain Capital, he could have invested in any sort of company. He chose several that helped corporations move or expand off shore. In fact, Romney was, as the Washington Post put it, a pioneer in this area.

Romney took that “buy foreign” philosophy with him to the Massachusetts governor’s mansion. There he specifically permitted state contractors to move work overseas. He vetoed legislation to forbid the practice. Romney thwarted lawmakers’ attempt to stop a contractor from using state tax dollars to move work from America to India and Bangladesh. As a result, unemployed Massachusetts residents who called the state government for information on food stamps got connected to foreign nationals performing jobs that unemployed Americans could have had.

Some American CEOs deliberately do the opposite of Romney. They find ways to buy American. Iconic American companies Starbucks and Google are examples. Last week, Google released a wireless home media player, the Nexus Q, that is made in America. The New York Times said “the most intriguing feature” of the player is the inscription on the bottom: “Designed and Manufactured in the U.S.A.” It’s fascinating, the Times explained, because:

“It has become accepted wisdom that consumer electronics products can no longer be made in the United States.”
Google, always an innovator, decided that accepted wasn’t wise. Starbucks did too.

Starbucks stopped buying its mugs overseas. It located a tiny pottery manufacturer in Ohio and gave the business to that firm – American Mug and Stein Co. As a result, American Mug added eight workers. That’s how American jobs are created: one American Mug at a time.

The mugs are part of Starbucks’ Indivisible project. The sale of Indivisible merchandise supports the Starbucks “Create Jobs for USA Fund,” which helps small businesses.

Similarly, last month, Starbucks decided to build a factory in Augusta, Ga., to make its Via instant coffee and ingredients for its Frappuccino drinks. That will create 140 American jobs.

Later this month, Congress is scheduled to vote on two measures that would, like Starbucks and Google, create American jobs. One is the Bring Jobs Home Act, which would end tax loopholes that, inexplicably, reward companies for firing Americans and moving their jobs overseas. At the same time, the Bring Jobs Home Act would give tax credits to companies that shift work from overseas back to the United States.

The other measure is the United States Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act. It would prohibit federal grants and tax breaks to companies that send call center jobs overseas. It also would require those firms to tell customers where their calls are being directed and provide the option of a U.S. call center. This would prevent companies from getting millions in tax subsidies based on promises of U.S. call center employment that are quickly broken when the centers lay off the American workers and move their jobs overseas.

Romney does not approve of the Bring Jobs Home Act. That’s clear from the pledge he signed with Washington lobbyist Grover Norquist to protect tax loopholes. In fact, Romney would go further to encourage companies to offshore manufacturing and jobs. He promised to eliminate all taxes on foreign profits.

But then, Romney’s a quarter billionaire who owns a $100,000 horse and installed a car elevator in one of his mansions. To him, it’s all about profit and not at all about patriotism.

To working people, however, the Bring Jobs Home Act and the call center act make sense. Working Americans don’t want to pay corporations to move jobs overseas. American taxpayers don’t want to subsidize call centers that quickly close American operations and offshore the jobs

So on this July 4, tell your Congressman to vote for these two proposed laws, then buy American-made American flags; red, white and blue American-made pinwheels, and American-made baseball bats for the backyard game.

ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer makes buying American easy by listing American-made products by state.

And, of course, buy American-made sparklers to celebrate. There’s still one company manufacturing them in the United States. It’s Diamond Sparklers in Youngstown, Ohio. Phantom Fireworks stores stock them.

America just isn’t independent if it’s dependent on foreign manufacturers for its Independence Day celebrations.


For me, capitalism trumps patriotism. So I'm buying a foreign-made American flag for Independence Day.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Thanks for the important diary... (7+ / 0-)

    Good message for the holiday.

    The last thing America needs is a sleazy, lying corporate raider for a president.

    "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

    by markthshark on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 04:05:25 AM PDT

  •  Everytime Senate Dems have introduced this bill (9+ / 0-)

    ALL Republicans and 2 or 3 Democrats vote "NO" and the bills FAIL.
    But these 2 votes are good ways to identify the REAL Patriots.

    Later this month, Congress is scheduled to vote on two measures that would, like Starbucks and Google, create American jobs. One is the Bring Jobs Home Act, which would end tax loopholes that, inexplicably, reward companies for firing Americans and moving their jobs overseas

    "Tax cuts for the 1% create jobs." -- Republicans, HAHAHA - in China

    by MartyM on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 04:42:07 AM PDT

  •  My new bumper sticker... (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    tcdup, luckylizard, Smoh

    Well, I haven't printed it yet, but it needs to be done:

    Don't Bother Putting a Flag on Your Foreign Car

  •  Leo, why shouldn't poor people of Bangladesh,India (1+ / 0-)
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    Sky Net

    make a buck or two?

    To understand just how poor they are, an average Bangladeshi or Indian makes about 1/50th of what an average American makes, mainly due the extreme poverty induced on those countries during colonization.

    Aren't they human beings deserving of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness like us

    That takes development for poor countries, and that takes some capital infusion, and those of us in richer countries have a moral obligation to help lift the poorer countries out of destitution and misery through mutually beneficial investments (we in the rich countries have no right to sit on and enjoy all of the global capital and global resources  that there exist!) and balanced trade.

    The labor movement will not have consistency of principles and ideology unless you accept and work with the fact that ALL human beings living anywhere on the planet  have a right to be able to work and make a decent living.

    •  it's not an either-or situation, and wholesale... (0+ / 0-)

      ...offshoring of the US manufacturing base, massive lay-off of the US manufacturing workforce, along with the relocation of considerable service components, all undertaken for the specific profit of the 1% - well, does that sound like a first-choice method of achieving the widespread right to be able to work and make a decent living?

      No, it doesn't.


    •  Also, US and India have roughly balanced trade (0+ / 0-)

      between them (in both goods and services, see data and links below. "Balanced" compared to our trade deficits with China, Mexico, Japan and Germany, eg), and so those poor people of India making a buck or two are actually returning the favor by buying goods and services made by American workers/labor in roughly equal monetary measure. Therefore, this whole blaming, scapegoating and castigating of India on trade/off-shoring matters is not only barking up the wrong tree on facts, but it is also unfair, unprincipled, and essentially unethical given how poor India is.

      Here is how this breaks down. If you (I don't mean you personally here, Leo. I have  seen you on TV many times, I generally support what I've heard you say, and I think you're a well-intentioned and decent person) oppose trade altogether, then you're an isolationist, and, needless to say, isolationism is bad for the American economy. If you don't oppose trade altogether, but oppose importing any goods and services from poor (and hence low-wage) countries (like India and Bangladesh), then you're either seeking to isolate poor countries from the global economy and capital (and thus condemning those countries to remain poor forever, an obviously un-progressive thing to seek). Or, if you only want to export things to poor countries but never import anything, then you're operating with a colonial/imperial mindset, and not progressive/fairness-seeking principles. Besides, poor countries don't have the money to pay what hey import unless they also export things and so such economic imperialism is a non-starter.

      There exists a viable and mutually beneficial way in which we can economically interact with poor-hence-low-wage countries (which is similar in principle, if one thinks about it, to uplifting disadvantaged areas and communities within the US), and that is to do roughly balanced trade with them, and that's precisely the situation we have with our trade with India in both goods and services, as can been seen in the trade data here:

      1. BEA intl accounts (has both goods and services data for several but not all countries, with some time lag for services data)

      Table 12. U.S. International Transactions, by Area - India

      2011 US-India goods trade:
      US goods exports to India: $21.6 bn
      US goods imports from India: $36.3 bn
      US goods trade deficit w India in 2011: $14.7 billion

      2011 US-India services trade:
      US services exports to India: $11.1 bn
      US services imports from India: $16.9 bn
      US services trade deficit w India in 2011: $5.8 billion

      2. Census:
      Trade data main page: (has the latest goods trade data with all countries)
      - 2011 revisions page
      - 2011 goods trade
      2011 census goods data, top 20 countries ranked by US trade deficit:

      Country (1)    Trade Balance
      Total, BOP Basis    -738,413.1
      Net Adjustments    -11,021.0
      Total, Census Basis    -727,392.0

      China    -295,422.5
      Mexico    -64,486.9
      Japan    -63,218.5
      Germany    -49,506.9
      Canada    -34,456.9

      Saudi Arabia    -33,646.8
      Ireland    -31,725.4
      Venezuela    -30,913.1
      Nigeria    -28,942.4
      Russia    -26,332.8
      Italy    -17,943.9
      Taiwan    -15,516.1
      India    -14,651.5
      Iraq    -14,548.9
      Thailand    -13,930.5
      Korea, South    -13,246.7
      Vietnam    -13,178.2
      Algeria    -13,013.9
      France    -12,236.6
      Angola    -12,095.1

      So India (a country which carries 17.5% of the world population) contributed a tiny $14.7 billion (2%) to the whopping total US trade deficit of $727 billion, and another, also tiny, 5.8 billion in services trade deficit. So how is so much fuss against India (one of the poorest countries in the world, in per-capita incomes) justified (or principled)?
      •  umm, the problem is offshoring US jobs... (0+ / 0-) I think you're barking up the wrong tree with incorrect assumptions about who embraces what sorta isolationist trade policy.

        Tho' you are welcome to keep banging on the drum you know rather than the participating in the discussion at hand.


  •  EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. Every tecnological (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    profewalt, Smoh, JeffW

    breakthrough of the past 100 years.

    Every one happened in this country.  Radio.  Television.  Microwave ovens.  Instant photography.  Video.  Computing. Microprocessor.  You name it, it was developed HERE.

    And we can do this again.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 06:55:28 AM PDT

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