Seattle, WA (PRWEB) May 03, 2011
TAP America, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening America and its citizens, today announced a national campaign to educate consumers about the value of buying American. According to TAP Chairman Mark Bloome, “When it comes to getting the economy back on track, only individual action will get our country moving to keep our place as the beacon of freedom. By buying American-made products, the jobs and country we save will be our own. ” During today’s volatile economic climate, TAP America believes that education and action on the citizen level is the first step to improving the national economy and reducing joblessness in America.
Economic Impact of Buying American
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the nation’s international trade deficit in goods and services increased to $46.4 Billion in January 2011 as imports increased more than exports. Recent reports indicate that if each American spent an extra $6.41 on U.S. made goods each week, that this alone would create almost 1 Million new jobs. This equates to less than one dollar per day to save the U.S.A.
“The goal of the Made In America campaign is to encourage people to understand that they have the power to revitalize our country,” said Mark Bloome, Founder of TAP America. “Each American must take individual responsibility to purchase American goods to make our nation strong again, rather than simply relying on government to solve our economic problems for us. Together, we will work towards educating people to start looking at where products are made and that purchasing products made overseas relates to less jobs on American soil. People can demonstrate their patriotism through making informed purchasing decisions and not handing money over to other governments who may invest in building military strength against the United States.”
Small Businesses Fuel America
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms and employ just over half of all private sector employees. Small business have generated 64 percent of net new jobs over the last 15 years and pay 44 percent of total U.S. private payroll. Supporting small businesses relates to putting more money into the pockets of those who provide local goods and services and strengthening local communities.
“Entrepreneurship is at the core of what America is all about,” said Stephanie Adams of TAP America. “True innovation comes from these risk-takers and small business owners who are not afraid to venture out on their own to build a better life for themselves and their families. These are the individuals we aim to support through the Made In America Campaign. Start locally by going down to your neighborhood stores and farmers markets to purchase products made in your area.”
Safety Concerns About Products Made Overseas
Overseas regulations on manufacturing and quality control are less stringent and this may contribute to the creation of inferior and potentially dangerous products. In recent years, several goods manufactured overseas have been determined unsafe for human and animal consumption, causing sickness and in some cases, even death.
Pet food contamination caused by melamine, toothpaste containing the dangerous chemical diethylene glycol, lead paint in Thomas the Train children’s toys, drywall that gives off poisonous fumes, and unsafe tires made in China are all examples of recent safety violations from products manufactured overseas.
“Our goal is to educate people about these incidents in order to inform them about how price should not be the only factor to consider when shopping online and at the supermarket,” said Executive Director of TAP America Richard L. Tso. “Spending just a little bit more for American-Made goods not only keeps jobs in America, but it ensures that the products your family consumes have been properly evaluated by the FDA and are less likely to have dangerous side-effects.”
TAP America provides resources on its website giving consumers valuable information about how to locate companies that manufacture in the United States. There is also multimedia content and facts about how buying American will improve our nation by curbing joblessness and supporting small and locally owned businesses.
For more information about TAP America, to volunteer or to make a donation, please visit http://www.tapamerica.org.
About TAP America
http://www.tapamerica.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing and strengthening America and its citizens. Founded in 2010, TAP embodies what it means to be American by promoting patriotism, tolerance and Americanism through education and multimedia educational programs. The tenets of TAP encourage people to be physically active, embrace equality and support the American economy by purchasing products made in America. TAP America Founder Mark Bloome created the organization out of love for his country and its people and a desire to promote patriotism, free from political and economic self-interest. For more information about TAP America or to volunteer please visit http://www.tapamerica.org.
Richard L. Tso
Pseudosound Counsulting, LLC
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