There are 2 things that anyone can do:
- Start your own company. This takes some thought and is somewhat of a commitment.
- Buy American-made products. This is a lot less commitment and a lot less thought.
Creating USA jobs takes an attitude shift and sacrifice on multiple levels.
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The owners of the big companies need an attitude shift, too. There needs to be a sacrifice of short-term profit for the long-term goal of getting the American economy moving again. This is the hard one. Between Wall Street's pressure to have high profits, and the allure of a $1million bonus check if you do a good job, only certain C-level folks are willing and able to make the long-term investment.
What can we do as consumers to 'encourage' companies to make this investment?
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Second, contact the companies that aren't manufacturing in the USA and complain. Especially the ones that used to do it. E-mails or letters are best because they are written correspondence. Express your frustration that more of their products aren't still made here. Tell them that you'll be taking your business elsewhere if they don't come back to the US.
Imagine what would happen if even one quarter of us here in the USA did this; I bet a lot of companies would come back in a hurry. Why don't we try and find out?