“Made in America”

It’s official: The holiday season is here. Snow is on the ground, stores are crammed with festive wares, Christmas trees have been decorated and homes are twinkling with joyful lights.

According to a report by the National Retail Federation, this year the average American will spend $704 on holiday gifts and goodies. That’s a whopping total of $465 billion.

A report issued by ABC World News states that if every dollar of that $465 billion was spent stateside, it would create 4.6 million jobs. That’s a staggering fact! The network is encouraging every shopper to spend just $64 on American-made goods during the holiday shopping season.
According to ABC World News’ “Made in America” series, everyone spending just $64 on products made in our country would result in 200,000 new jobs.

With only about 20 shopping days left before Christmas, I’m sure many of you are busy rushing from store to store. As you either begin or finish your holiday shopping, I want to encourage you to purchase gifts that are made right here in the good old United States of America.

Where we choose to spend our money has a direct impact – we can either spend it to strengthen our economy and create jobs for Americans, or we can continue to financially boost China’s growing economy. The choice is yours, but I know that I plan to spend at least $64 on American-made products this year.

For more information on ABC’s “Made in America” series, or to view a list of suggested gifts made in America, visit: www.abcnews.go.com/WN/MadeInAmerica.

Sen. Joe Hune represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason.