Editorial: Go team U.S.A

People have begun to catch on to the trend of buying American-made products. It is inportant to be aware of the processes by which the prod­ucts we consume were created, where they came from and what they may be supporting .

With this knowlege, societies can take an active hand in shaping their cul­tures around the world, and make sure their dollars are well spent.

Last week the United States Olympic Committee was denounced for buying Team U.S.A. uniforms from the American company Ralph Lauren, because the garments were manufactured in China.

America is in the midst of a complete economic downturn and our country needs all the support pos­sible. It has become nearly impossible to find cloth­ing, appliances, electronics or nearly anything else not made in a foreign country.

Many of these countries also have oppressive gov­ernments with an economy based on American con­sumer spending.

Factories still exist around the world that violate labor laws and keep employ­ees in sweatshop conditions. India, Mexico and China have repeated reports of infringe­ment of health and safety reg­ulations, child labor laws, as well as harassment of workers.

Although India techni­cally abandoned the caste system in 1947 with the Indian Independence Act, the norm of the caste system is upheld throughout their society. The trend of power remaining in the hands of the upper classes is common in many cultures while the lower classes continue to have their basic rights abused.

Buying American is an easy way to take matters into our own hands. Spending a small amount of time reading product tags is hardly incon­venient, and an easy way to make a big impact.

It is more than just not buying products made from China. Consumer product manufacturing is being out­sourced to places all over the world. Mass producers are cashing in on habitual consum­ers who are not aware they are being tricked into buying products that were made to break after a year of use.

Producers have already begun to respond to the expanding subculture of American consumers who make it a point to buy U.S.A. made products. This is an easy trend to follow and will continue to grow in value for all mem­bers of American society.

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