Who needs plastic eggs for Easter?


In the global trade battle, you cast a vote every time you open your wallet.

The decision? Whether you spend your money on products made in America or overseas.

In the coming weeks, "ABC World News with Diane Sawyer" is launching a groundbreaking series, "Made in America," focusing on American manufacturing and our economy.

americanmade I’ll certainly be watching. The facts show that our nation is addicted to imports. In 1960, foreign goods made up just 8 percent of Americans’ purchases. Today, nearly 60 percent of everything we buy is made overseas.

On air and online, Diane will tackle the key questions: Is buying American-made more expensive? What staples are no longer manufactured in the U.S. at all? And what difference would it make if everyone promised to buy more American-made products?

There’s no question that manufacturing still has a major impact on our economy and on the nation’s workforce. The United States has fewer manufacturing jobs now than we did in 1941, the same year as the attack on Pearl Harbor, but if every American spent an extra $3.33 on U.S.-made goods, it would create almost 10,000 new jobs in this country.

Take our Made in America Challenge

So as ABC launches its series, we want you to join us in the challenge, and we want to hear what you learn along the way. What products are you purchasing or have purchased in the past that are Made in America? How are they different from what you bought before? And what’s it like to pay closer attention to where your groceries, clothing, and other goods are coming from?

Who needs plastic eggs to celebrate Easter? If you must have eggs, use real ones and benefit some American farmer. Easter is just an example. The point is do not wait for the government to act. Just go ahead and assume control on your own.

6 thoughts on “Who needs plastic eggs for Easter?

  1. Emily there is a web site call Exporting America. It was created by CNN after they did a show about it. These are U.S. companies either sending American jobs overseas, or choosing to employ cheap overseas labor, instead of American workers. The list is unbelievably long. It makes it even more interesting if you research a bit and make the political connections to some of the companies.

  2. Thanks Jane. Will check it out. I’m sick of buying cheap imports – did you ever see my post on my Chinese shoes that caused a rash and I had to take antibiotics to get over it? I don’t even buy fish any more unless it’s Mississippi Farm Raised Catfish which is getting harder and harder to find. I take fish oil, and must investigate to make sure THAT isn’t coming from China, or worse, Japan.

  3. Emily, virtually all of our vitamins and nutritional supplements have been made in China for years. Environmental and OSHA regulations make if impossible to make them here. They are purchased in bulk and shipped here for mixing so it can say “made in America” just like our cars!!! My brother tells me some Japanese cars are closer to being actually made in this country than the American counterparts. I also have notices that the bargain brands are the ones most likely to be made here…. what does that say?

  4. I did see your post on the shoes. My youngest son had a similar experience while in Mexico. He bought a pair of sandals and by the time he got home he had the strangest red lines around his feet. It was some type of critter under his skin! My skin still crawls when i think about it. The doc called a friend of his in New Mexico and he told him the medicine to use. After several weeks all was back to normal. Needless to say, i drove the sandals to a dumpster and cleaned my house from top to bottom!

  5. Interesting. I didn’t know that about the vitamins. Just another reason to plant a garden and MAKE SURE you’re at least eating American.

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