American Manufacturers and Retailers Like USAB2C.com Doubt the Effectiveness of President Obama's Economic Stimulus Bill without Targeted Conditions on Spending

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Las Vegas online retailer, http://www.USAB2C.com, focused exclusively on American made products, believes that its manufacturing suppliers, which produce made in USA goods, will not significantly benefit from the Congressional Stimulus Bill as written because it does not go far enough. This Congressional Bill does not decisively link government spending to required purchases from American Small Businesses or American Large Businesses. The error of not linking the 2008 Economic Stimulus Rebates to "buy American" has not been corrected by the current bill. Did we not learn from our previous lack of targeted conditions on spending the rebate checks?

We at USAb2c.com encourage all United States Senators, as they take up the stimulus bill, to clearly link stimulus provisions with American labor and American products. Our products are competitively priced and superior in quality as compared with similar items available in the world market. Clearly, there is no need nor benefit to purchasing imports with stimulus, tax payer money.

The new Obama administration has embraced "buy American" in the congressional passed bill. Indeed, there are provisions that infrastructure projects such as roads and bridges contain American made steel and iron products. Vice President Biden has publicly stated that these provisions are necessary for the stimulus to work in creating jobs. Some of our trading partners have objected, calling this protectionism, but no one is protesting that the China stimulus package is protectionism. No one is protesting that prior British government spending programs were protectionist. And the list goes on throughout Europe.

George Hanos, COO of USAb2c.com, agrees: "As a small business, our company applauds this 'buy American' attitude which has been long overdue. In fact, we so strongly believed in this buy American motto that our company was established to promote American craftsmanship, preserve American jobs, and demonstrate American quality to the world via our world wide website, which is accessible by the entire Global market. We at http://www.USAb2c.com, which is the e-commerce shopping mall of America's Business to Consumers Inc., sell only American made products. Our criteria requires that the manufacturers we partner with use American labor and American materials."

Mr. Hanos goes on to add, however, that the stimulus package approved by the Democratic led Congress does not go far enough to stimulate creation of jobs in small businesses, which are the primary venues leading to job growth. "Announced layoffs by major U.S. corporations and by departments of various state agencies will not be impacted by these types of buy American provisions. We need a grass roots effort to stimulate job growth and encourage spending on products made in the USA. Government spending on the country's infrastructure, National Electric Grid, and modernizing healthcare record keeping will indeed add some jobs. However, to make it more effective, the spending should be directed towards American companies and local suppliers. What we don't want, for example, is to send medical records to India, Pakistan or the Philippines for electronic conversion and maintenance. Outsourcing should not be the outcome of the stimulus spending package."

The 2008 summer rebate program did not work to provide the needed stimulus. Statistics that are now coming to light indicate that only 15% of the funds distributed were spent on products. The rest was spent on paying down debt or deposited into savings accounts. What has not been revealed is how much of the 15% used to purchase products benefited American products and services? It is our anecdotal belief that most of the 15% went to purchase imported goods from China, India, and other Asian countries.

Mr. Hanos feels the solution is simple: "We at USAb2c.com encourage all United States Senators, as they take up the stimulus bill, to clearly link stimulus provisions with American labor and American products. Our products are competitively priced and superior in quality as compared with similar items available in the world market. Clearly, there is no need nor benefit to purchasing imports with stimulus, tax payer money."

About America's Business to Consumers Inc. (http://www.USAB2C.com):
America's Business to Consumers Inc. is a private company experienced in retail marketing, consumer research and e-Commerce. It established USAB2C.com, seeking to be a single source of American manufactured products and services, a site where consumers can find anything they might want to buy manufactured in the U.S.A. at a competitive price. USAB2C.com offers items in categories such as apparel, books, toys, tools, food, home-goods, camping and outdoor gear, kitchen gear, knives, law enforcement, baby products, pet products, skincare, office supplies, shoes, gifts and accessories. As a website portal, it offers interactive communication between consumers and American manufacturers, allows consumers to post in chat rooms and forums and provides up to date information on product recalls, new product introductions and other retailing and safety news.

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