We are in the midst of an economic war. Our individual purchases count. There are so many trade deficits to foreign countries. We must look upon our individual purchases and avoid buying from other countries from now on. Our individual choices matter. Choose local. If you cannot, make and grow things on your own effort. Learn, adapt, and survive to the local environment.
We are in a war. Win.
What are your thoughts? God Bless – S.M.
Sadly, it’s not quite as simple as that. There are several things to think about when you purchase items. Let me be clear that I support the use of local economies whenever you can. It’s good for the people. However, in many, if not most, situations, buying local means you are going to pay a premium price. I’m certainly okay with that as long as the quality of the object I’m buying is top quality. If it’s food, I want meat and produce that are better than what I can buy out of a grocery store chain. If it’s a car, I want one what will not be in the shop very much or make me fear that it will leave me stranded somewhere or worse. You get the idea. If I can’t buy better quality locally than I can from a different source, I’m going to look elsewhere. I do not believe in paying a premium price for inferior quality. I will still look for quality “Made in the USA”. However, if a better quality product is available from a foreign source at a better price, I will certainly look at that option.
The idea of buying locally isn’t so that local merchants get a pass on competition. It is so that they have a fighting chance to compete on quality rather than quantity. That being said, there are some things where quantity/price is the deciding factor. It really comes down to being good stewards of your resources. Also, trade deficits only exist when you are looking at one part of the overall equation. I’d recommend Ben Shapiro’s recent podcast  that covers the current administration’s trade policy for a good explanation.