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Buying American For The Holidays: Left of Center View

The Patriotic thing to do is to only buy American made products whenever possible. The problem is that for the most part America no longer makes anything.

Most of our manufacturing has gone overseas or out of business. Heck half of the "American Made" products on the market today are in part manufactured or assembled overseas. To truly buy American is a lot like being a level 4 vegan, your options are limited. There are however still options available for the holiday shopper who is determined to support the home team.

We are a service providing nation, so why not give those on your list the gift of local services. It helps both the local economy as well as our national one. Restaurants, spas, salons, heck even dry cleaners all offer gift cards and certificates. These are services that are owned and employ people in your community, which means that you are in turn supporting your community, which in the long run benefits you.

But since not everyone fits in the gourmet or spa crowd, inevitably merchandise must be purchased and gifted. While it's almost impossible to find purely American made items, heck these days you can't even find wrapping paper made here at home, unless of course you use the Sunday Comics, you can still do your part for the local economy. Instead of buying online or from any of the major, carbon-copy conglomerates like Best Buy or Wal-Mart, buy what you can from local shops. The prices may be a little higher, but the service is usually better.

The bottom line is that no matter the retail pressure applied, the holidays should be a time of family and friends, for they are the true gift. Happy Holidays!


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American Unemployment Over Ten Percent - Are Undocumented Workers Part Of The Problem?

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Buying American For The Holidays: Right of Center View

We have to buy American if we want to turn this country around. It shouldn't just be at the holidays either. It should be every day. If we donít support the American workers we are giving companies an incentive to ship our jobs overseas. We canít afford to not pay attention anymore. Wal-Mart is all well and good but sometimes cheap comes at a price you donít see. Weíre making the Chinese rich while Americans are losing their homes because they canít make the mortgage.

The thing is; Congress is doing nothing to help us keep the jobs here. Sure they all talk a good game but when all is said and done the companies still get the same tax breaks whether they keep jobs here or go overseas. So itís up to us to look after our neighbors and buy American.

Although, when youíre talking about the holidays, if all youíre talking about is buying stuff then youíve already missed the mark on what this time of year is about. The three wise men who brought gifts for baby Jesus were not doing it out of obligation or some need to consume. They brought gifts to honor the newborn savior who was a blessing from God upon humanity.

If you want to honor the true spirit of Christmas make gifts for your loved ones. If you need to buy something, buy the raw materials from local businesses and make your gifts from that. You will still be supporting the American worker while embracing the true meaning of the holidays. It doesnít need to be expensive to say ďI love you.Ē Sometimes the best gifts are the ones that we make ourselves. They have the real love in them.

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A Legal Immigrantís Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally ďThe RaceĒ in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isnít really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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