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One Country, One Destiny: Buy American Made Goods And Bring Back The Economy

The decimation of the American economy is multi-faceted, and we are all struggling to both understand it, and find steps we can take to redeem and resurrect it.

The massive outsourcing of labor over the past decade to countries like China, India, and the Philippines, played a central role in the destruction of the economy. The cost of labor and production in those countries is now rising dramatically, finally, along with brand reputation, causing companies to slowly consider moving manufacturing back to the United States.

Still, today, it is very difficult to buy goods that are not made in (primarily) China, and the average shopper has to work very hard at it, even if they are committed to spending a bit more money to buy US made goods.

Because we live in a global economy, even companies that strive to make their goods in the US, like New Balance sneakers, have to use some parts that are made abroad. The transition back to US manufacturing will have to be consumer-driven, and will take time.

Change is beginning in the heartland, where "buy local" has different connotations than it does for the progressive green movement, but in the end, the goals are the same---to make life liveable again in America.

"American Made Shopper," a retail store in Angola, Indiana, sells 100% American made products--from food products, to fresh meat, to clothing, furniture, and even mattresses. The idea came to founder Jeff Face when he returned from service in Iraq, where he was an infantry Army Sergeant. "When I got back after serving in Iraq in 2003," he says on the company's website, "the place looked like a ghost town. I decided somebody had to stand up and provide leadership. I'm not talking about politics; I'm talking about practical businesses that care about the country."

The store was an immediate hit, and is looking to become a franchise. "People want more," says Face, "they want more American products. Our corporate goal is 500 stores. This is store #1."

You can go to, to learn more about companies "in the business of making things in America."

They include the exclusive Brooks Brothers, manufacturer of the coat President Lincoln was wearing both at his second inauguration, and, sadly, the night he was assassinated. Stitched into the coat's lining were the words, "One Country, One Destiny."

--Celia Farber

Celia Farber is an investigative science reporter and cultural journalist who has written for several magazines including Harper’s, Esquire, Rolling Stone, SPIN and more. She is the author of “Serious Adverse Events: An Uncensored History of AIDS” (Melville House Press/ Random House). Known for bold exposes of the pharmaceutical industry and related media cover ups, Celia Farber shines a spotlight on the very subjects that have been taboo for too long: What is Cancer? Does HIV cause AIDS? Do Vaccinations Cause Brain Damage? And many more...

Visit her website at

This video was produced by News Channel 15