Buying American this Christmas
TAP America, a non-profit organization, has declared December 2011 as “Buy American Month.”
TAP – an acronym for Tolerance, Americanism, Patriotism – said in a news release that the United States economy is suffering at the hands of the Chinese government due to their aggressive policies. TAP, then, asks American citizens to buy American products, give service-oriented gifts and boycott products made in China in hopes of sending a message to corporations and manufacturers that people value American workers, jobs and innovation.
Two Arkansas companies – Hot Springs-based Munro American Shoes and Portable Kitchens Inc. in Little Rock – stand to benefit from the campaign. Both of those companies are listed in TAP’s online business directory, which was put up by the organization as a way to connect consumers and merchants.
According to TAP Founder Mark Bloome, “Next year China needs to create over 25 Million new jobs to meet population growth and the Communist Government of China (CCP) will use any means to take jobs from Americans and bring them to China, and the failure of the USA economy to recover is proof of the effectiveness of the CCP’s policies that include subsidies, theft of intellectual ideas and currency manipulation,” said TAP Founder Mark Bloome in the news release. “We encourage all citizens to take ‘Buy American Month’ to heart and do their best to help boycott China this holiday season.”
As part of Buy American Month, TAP America has issued an in-depth research whitepaper that examines the expanding role of China in the global marketplace in terms of population, economic growth, human rights and military strength. This research paper highlights the threats and interdependent relationships of the Chinese government in hopes of eliciting change at the citizen-level to re-ignite the torch of liberty for America and the world, the news release states. TAP reminds citizens to remember that it is not the Chinese people who pose a threat to America, but the Chinese Government ruled by the Chinese Communist Party.
“Asking Americans to buy American is not an easy task,” said Richard Tso, Executive Director of TAP, in the news release. “Today most all electronic, clothing and textile goods are manufactured in China and popular American companies like Apple, REI, Walmart, and GAP are sending manufacturing jobs overseas in order to achieve short-term revenue gains. This holiday, in lieu of giving products as gifts, TAP America urges people to instead give experiential and service-oriented gifts like gym memberships, concert tickets, some rounds at the golf course, or local restaurant gift certificates. If you need to purchase a product as a gift, then try to buy American to help our economy.”
TAP America recently announced its TAP Certified Merchant program to encourage stores to stock at least 20 percent of U.S. goods and to increase their American made inventories by just 1 percent per month, the news release states. As incentive, businesses who sign up are featured in news articles, included in the TAP online business directory, and are featured in a Groupon-like service called AmeriCoupon that helps people find deals on products made in America.
Paul James, president of Portable Kitchens (a TAP certified merchant), said he hopes that “buy American” efforts help educate consumers about the value of buying products made in the U.S. Portable Kitchens makes a line of barbecue and charcoal grills and James said are built to last.
“Our product is the highest quality,” he said. “We make sure we keep our costs low. We have quality suppliers and a quality product. … We make a product to last for a lifetime and not just a couple of barbecue seasons.
“We don’t cut corners in terms of durability. As a result, it’s going to cost more … but it will last longer.”
James said people who purchase the PK line of grills don’t just benefit that company – those sales also benefit other companies and help keep Americans employed. The foundry in Gerard, Kan., a stands manufacturer in St. Louis, a company in Jacksonville that makes trays for the grills and local box makers are all involved in the process that yields a grill.
About TAP America
TAP America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing and strengthening America and its citizens. Founded in 2011 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 www.tapamerica.org.
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