Over the past month I have been hearing more and more of Obama’s stimulus plan. I don’t doubt that this plan is a good idea, but I think we have some thinking to do on how we as American’s can really stimulate the economy with the money we are to receive. I received an email yesterday, it was kind of funny, but it was very true. Please read it below:

“This year, taxpayers will receive an Economic Stimulus Payment. This is a very exciting new program that I will explain using the Q and A format:

"Q. What is an Economic Stimulus Payment?
"A. It is money that the federal government will send to taxpayers.

"Q. Where will the government get this money?
"A. From taxpayers.

"Q. So the government is giving me back my own money?
"A. Only a smidgen.

"Q. What is the purpose of this payment?
"A. The plan is that you will use the money to purchase a high-definition TV set, thus stimulating the economy.

"Q. But isn't that stimulating the economy of China?
"A. Shut up."

Below is some helpful advice on how to best help the US economy by spending your stimulus check wisely:

If you spend that money at Wal-Mart, all the money will go to China.

If you spend it on gasoline it will go to the Middle East.

If you purchase a computer it will go to India.

If you purchase fruit and vegetables it will go to Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala (unless you buy organic).

If you buy a car it will go to Japan.

If you purchase useless crap it will go to Taiwan.

And none of it will help the American economy.

We need to keep that money here in America. You can keep the money in America by spending it at yard sales, going to a baseball game, or spend it on prostitutes, beer (domestic ONLY), or tattoos, since those are the only businesses still in the US.

Now I always like a funny email, but this email actually got me to thinking (more than usual). What this email is saying is very true. Yes we are going into stores in America and supporting the stores, but are we really uplifting America?

Two weeks ago, I told myself that I am going to purchase only fabric made in America. I went out to Joann Fabrics started shopping and found that it was harder than you think to purchase fabric that was “Made in America”. 9 out of 10 fabrics I picked up were from China. It was very discouraging to see that and it is now making me want to find some American fabric.

I recently read a blog from the company I purchase shopping bags and wraps from and found that they were having the same issues I was in finding some good American made products to sell. I am glad I am not the only one having this issue, but from what I read, these American products are far and few between. We as a nation have to start reaching out and buying American.
So this is my stimulus plan. I am going to buy American whenever I can. Wake up folks. We DO have options; you just have to look a little to find them.

Michaela Phifer
Owner/Designer Myla’s Bags

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