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A Message from Chuck…

By Portage County Business Council

The following is an excerpt from Chuck Nason’s presentation on “The Pressures from Without” at the November 17 Power Breakfast (shared with his permission). Mr. Nason is Chairman of the Board for Worzalla Publishing Company.

This is not a new idea … but I believe it is the right idea. Let’s buy American and spend our money at home for a change. We can turn the “pressures from without” this Christmas into the “pleasures from without” … without the piles of cheaply made goods and merchandise produced abroad at the expense of American manufacturers.

As an e-mail that has been circulating on the internet says, “It’s time to think outside box.” Who says a gift needs to be a Japanese or Korean gadget wrapped in Chinese-produced wrapping paper?

Look… everyone gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates for a barber or beauty salon? Or how about a spa massage or pedicure and manicure? Or a gym membership? Or getting someone’s car detailed or a car wash? Or an oil change from a local provider? Or how about dinner out locally… and it doesn’t need to be the Hilltop! (Editor’s note: The Hilltop is Chuck’s favorite stop) There are countless ways that you can buy American and, more importantly, buy locally.

I am suggesting a new tradition… Get creative and spend your money right here in Portage County. Christmas shouldn’t be about emptying our pockets and watching our hard-earned wages go overseas. This may be the season to give our local merchants and business people a pat on the back and a boost to their wallets. We really can do without… without all that foreign merchandise. So check the tags; check the labels. And try to make sure you are buying locally and buying “Made in the U.S.A.”

If everyone in this country spent just $3.33 to buy U.S. goods this Christmas, it would create 10,000 new jobs. It is obvious that the government hasn’t been able to create jobs with the billions it has spent with nothing to show for their efforts except more debt. I think it is high time we all got together and did something to get the ball rolling and put America back to work. Let’s buy American moving forward. Look for the “made in the U.S.A.” labels. You may have to pay a bit more to stand up to the pressures from without. It is a small price to pay to get our jobs back… our plants back… and our economy rolling once again. Then on Election Day in 2012… we can work on electing better officials.

Thank you very much and Happy Holidays.