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Friday, July 6, 2012

To Code: USA - All The Way

To Code: A Guide to Being A Better Gentleman 

Did you know I actually draw each sketch for the To Code series? I draw each one with paper and pencil then scan it into the computer to post. It's pretty fun.

Aside of that, I hope you all enjoyed your Independence Day. I thought it was fitting to give you a little advice while celebrating our fine country is still fresh in your minds.

Whenever possible, buy goods made in the US of A. Our country is in the middle of a resurgence of local consumerism and products of every kind made here in the US. It's the belief in quality versus quantity that is leading the way, and more Americans are taking a leap in rebuilding American manufactured goods. 

I'm not saying you need to go out and only buy US produced items from here on out, it's just good practice. I try my best to buy US goods, local food, and so on. The truth of the matter is American made products almost always cost more! Yes, unless you're Oprah rich, you may get sticker shocked very quickly as well as a dwindling bank account if you only buy things made in our country. Many companies are only manned by 2 or so people, with some of the larger operations capping out at 20. What takes a large scale manufacturer 20 minutes to make takes these hard working makers 6 hours, and these folks deserve a fair wage, don't you think? Hence, the higher cost.

Aside of the higher premium, American made products are back. Although some of the more desirable items like clothing, cars, and lets say furniture can cost three times what imports would, you can find American made products at big box stores, farmers markets, and even thrift stores within more manageable rates. Just check the label and walk off whistling a few bars of ' I'm proud to be an American." You're in a small way helping out nation get back on its feet to a pretty high level of awesomeness.

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