In a survey conducted by the Consumer Reports, 78 percent of Americans prefer U.S.- made goods and would pay more for these goods, including cars, tracks and motorcycles, food, and large appliances. The people who responded to the survey cited patriotic reasons for buying American made goods. People want to keep manufacturing jobs at home, help the U.S. economy, keep America strong in the global economy, and buying made in America products made them feel more patriotic. More than 68 percent of all respondents indicated theyd buy American-made clothes and appliances even if those cost 10 percent more than imported versions; more than 25 percent said theyd pay at least an extra 20 percent. Price is one of the main drawbacks to buying U.S.-made products however. More than half of the respondents said they consider American made goods to be costly.
Posted on the website MadeInUSAForever.com, these are the top ten reasons to buy USA made products:
- Foreign labor standards allow unsafe conditions in many countries.
- Jobs shipped abroad almost never return.
- US manufacturing processes are much cleaner for the environment than many other countries.
- Many countries have no minimum wage restrictions, or the minimum wage is outrageously low.
- The growing lack of USA ability to manufacture many products is strategically unsound.
- The huge US trade deficit leads to massive, unsustainable borrowing from other countries.
- Foreign product safety standards are low.
- Lack of minimum wage, worker safety, or environmental pollution controls in many countries undermines the concept of fair and free trade.
- Factories and money are shifting to countries not friendly to the USA or democracy.
- As the US manufacturing ability fades, future generations of US citizens will be unable to find relevant jobs.
Recently announced presidential candidate Donald Trump also prefers American made products. He fears that China is taking all of our jobs in the U.S. China is able to manufacture products for pennies where as our costs are dollars. His theme is Make America Great Again and he wants to start by bringing back real jobs into the United States like it used to be.
Here at Everyone Loves Buttons, we pride ourselves on being a company that makes its products here in the U.S. All of our buttons are 100% made in the USA! From the button parts, all the way down to the printing and assembly, we are proud to produce American Made Buttons!
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Advocates fight pay cuts for caretakers of developmentally disabled
Governor cut $9M from pay increases for direct-care workers last year
Advocates for the developmentally disabled called on state lawmakers Thursday to restore $12 million in funding cuts made by Gov. Larry Hogan this year.
Several hundred developmentally disabled people, their advocates, family and friends descended upon the State House Thursday, asking lawmakers to keep their promise to address a growing waiting list for services and to restore cuts in wages to caretakers.
“The cuts to the direct support staff really do represent a clear and present danger to lives of Marylanders with intellectual disabilities,” said Mat Rice, public policy director of People on the Go.
The governor cut $9 million from the pay increase given to direct-care workers last year. The raise was designed to reduce turnover. Slashing the raise means that Walmart and fast-food jobs pay better.
“The direct support staff we hire have to be skilled, they have to be trained, they have to be certified oftentimes, and when those jobs become minimum wage, it means we are competing with far less stressful jobs,” said Laura Howell of the Maryland Association of Community Services.
Advocates are pressing lawmakers for another $3 million to help relieve a waiting list for services. More than 8,000 people are on the list, 125 of whom are considered in critical need.
Stephanie Peterson, whose 32-year-old son is one of those critical cases, said it has become difficult for her to work or do anything else but take care of him.
“He’s gotten more volatile. He’s gotten more aggressive. He bites, so the waiting with no end in sight, there’s no money to help people like my son,” Peterson said.
Last year, the community had a powerful ally with leverage. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Mac Middleton held up the minimum wage increase bill until funding issues with direct-care workers were settled.
“What gives us hope is that the budget committees are really the ones who have to make budget decisions, and we have some great champions on the budget committees. So we are looking to them to restore the funding and keep the promise to Marylanders with disabilities,” Powell said.
Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford addressed the crowd on Thursday but did not say whether the administration would reconsider funding cuts.
Saint Patrick’s Day and Custom Buttons oh how they Go Together.Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, every year, with traditional Irish food and the color green. It is considered the saint’s religious feast day and the anniversary of Saint Patrick’s death in the fifth century. The Irish and Ireland have celebrated on March 17th for over 1000 years. It is believed that Saint Patrick lived during the fifth century and is known as the patron saint of Ireland. He was born in Roman Britain, where he was kidnapped and sold into slavery where he was brought to Ireland at the age of 16. He then escaped slavery, but returned to Ireland where he was credited with bringing Christianity to the Irish people. In modern-day Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day was traditionally a religious occasion. Until the 1970’s, there were laws mandating that the pubs had to be closed on March 17th. In 1995, the government saw the opportunity to use St. Patrick’s Day as a way to drive tourism and showcase the Irish culture. Approximately 1 million people annually take part in St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Dublin. These celebrations feature parades, concerts, outdoor theater productions, and firework shows. The celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in America began in the mid-19th century when most Irish immigrants in America were apart of the Protestant middle class. Close to a million poor Irish immigrants began to flood into America to escape starvation during the Great Potato Famine during 1845. When celebrating their heritage during St. Patrick’s Day, the media portrayed them in cartoons as drunk, violent monkeys. Despite the hatred from the American Protestant community, the Irish people realized their power in politics because of their rapidly growing numbers. Their voting block became known as the green machine, which became an important swing vote for political hopefuls. St. Patrick’s Day event were now a must-attend for political candidates. President Harry S. Truman attended a St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1948, which was a proud moment for the many Irish Americans whose ancestors had to fight stereotypes and racial prejudice to find acceptance in the New World. In the Everyone Loves Buttons shop we have a few clients gearing up for this coming St. Patrick’s Day with customized pinback buttons: Fox’s Restaurant – Oak Lawn, Fox’s Restaurant Orland Park, and Hennessy’s Tavern Redondo Beach. Some of the celebrations include a St. Patrick’s Week Special from Fox’s Restaurant & Pub Oak Lawn with Irish Step Dancers, the Funny Little People, and Face Painters.
Women Owned Business
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is the largest third party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. It is a non-profit organization that provides a world-class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. The WBENC mission is to fuel economic growth globally through access to opportunities, by identifying, certifying, and facilitating development of women-owned businesses. Their CORE platforms are Certification, Opportunities, Resources, and Engagement.
A WBENC certification standard is the most relied upon certification of women-owned businesses. With a certification a women-owed business is recognized by the public, private, non-profit, and government entities. It is the cornerstone of WBENCs value proposition.
When it comes to opportunities, WBENC is committed to connecting both corporate and government members and womens business enterprises in the most effective ways. They are focused on accelerating opportunities and creating a superior resource pool for all constituents. They deliver world-class programming that enhances business development and growth by maximizing relevant knowledge programs and capitalizing on the wealth of industry expertise in the community.
Women’s Business Enterprise National Council also provide resource through the network to address the challenges women face in building and growing a business, providing support throughout the full lifecycle of their business. They also provide the Women Business Enterprises access needed education, support, and tools.
Finally engagement is a key constituent for success in the WBENC network. By being involved in a Women Business Enterprise the WBENC strengthens existing relationships and fosters new ones. There is recognition that promotes the success and awareness of leading practices required to create success for women entrepreneurs.
There are certain criteria that need to be met for certification such as: the applicant company must be at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more women who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents; and management and daily operation is controlled by one or more of the women owners.
Everyone Loves Buttons® is proud to be certified by the Womens Business Enterprise National Council. We have been certified since 2008 with the WBENC. So what does this means for you, the customer? This means that we hold our selves with the highest regards when handling customer service and our customers. We are the only certified Women Owned Business in the custom button business. Follow us on Twitter (@CustomButtons97) and Spread the Word #BuyWomenOwned.
Everyone Loves Buttons® is proud to be a WBENC member producing top quality Pinback Custom Buttons right here in the USA for over 18+ years.