Building American jobs requires building the sales of American products. It should not be a challenge to find American made products in retail stores, online, or through catalog/mail order services. Greater transparency of a products country of origin will aid consumers in their decision to purchase items made in America (or not), and build a stronger American economy naturally without having to increase tariffs or risk diplomatic dissent from our global neighbors.
We choose to honor our presidents request for help in repairing our economy through “economic patriotism,” and find requiring better dissemination of a products country of origin a virtually cost-free way of helping us to help ourselves. We believe this can be easily accomplished by requiring retailers, online merchants, and catalog/mail order outlets to add a line of text in their advertisements and in-store displays to inform consumers of a products country of origin. Although we realize this is already required on most import products, we believe there should be a text size requirement to make the country of origin more prevalent and less a game of hide and seek. Since this labeling is already required, it should not cause any hardship to increase the size of the text or label.
It is our belief that most Americans if given the opportunity would choose to buy American made products. We profess to have abolished slave labor in America and consider ourselves the enemy of communism, yet are forced to support both around the world because of the inundation of products from countries that condone these practices. We believe we deserve a chance to help ourselves out of our dire economic situation, and we believe we deserve the information to make a considered choice.
Thank you in advance for your thoughts and consideration of our petition.