I got one of those emails that I hate to get. The sort of email that one gets that gets forwarded to a gazillion people and contains questionable statistics. But this one got me thinking even if the person who forwarded it to me never gave it another thought after they hit the forward button. What would happen if every American bought only items made in the U.S.A for one month? It made me wonder about our economy. It made me wonder about jobs in the United States and who's really to blame for American job loss. I started thinking about our desire to have more things instead of a few. I talked to the husband and he looked at our T.V. and said, "Could we have bought this if we were only buying American made products?" I did a search and I could not come up with an American TV manufacturer. One has to exist doesn't it? If not, where do those people work now that use to make them? How many jobs were lost because people had to have not only the T.V. but entertainment center, the sound system, the cable, the DVD player, etc and thus looked for the cheapest out there? Maybe it's not really like that, but I'm not convinced that it wasn't our own greed to have more that is the true cause of American job loss. Why are we blaming politicians and wall street, when collectively we have enormous buying power? A quick trip through some drawers starting in the bathroom. I randomly pulled out 4 items. Scunci hair ties (made in China) DenTek Floss Picks (made in China) Equate toothbrushes (made in China) Sensodyne toothpaste (says made in USA). It seems simplistic that buying American could create American jobs, but this month I will do my best to only buy American. Not delay buying things that are not made here, but to actively pursue American made products and spend my dollars here. My husband and I are having a great debate regarding this subject. I'd like to hear your thoughts on the subject too. I'm off to work and won't get back to this till late tonight or tomorrow.