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Christmas and Consumer Patriotism
Our Buy American Mention of the Week!
by Roger Simmermaker
November 7, 2009

You may remember back in June of this year when JC Penney came out with a shirt that said "AMERICAN MADE" across the front. It would have been a great shirt, and probably even sold better, had it not been made in Mexico. To the common observer the irony was obvious; but apparently not to JC Penney.

In a statement, JC Penney proclaimed the shirt was meant to show pride in America. When the Alliance for American Manufacturing asked how a shirt can say "AMERICAN MADE" across the front and not be made in America, a spokesman for JC Penney said the words "AMERICAN MADE" referred not to the garment itself but to the wearer of the garment. Did JC Penney research the garment wearer's birth certificate or something?

Now JC Penney has a brand new long-sleeve thermal crew in their "American Living" line of clothing that features the American Living & Co. logo with "MANUFACTURERS OF FINE QUALITY GOODS" across the bottom. Apparently to JC Penney, American living has nothing to do with American manufacturing, because this shirt is imported as well (the website doesn't indicate from which country).

If you like, you can contact JC Penney's corporate customer care manager, Kelly Sanchez, at 972-431-3961 or by email at Maybe it will eventually become clear that if retailers are to offer shirts to the American public that mention "American made" or "American manufacturing," it only makes sense to actually make or manufacture the shirt in America!

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Thank you for your dedication to unlocking the power of consumer patriotism by buying American. I hope that especially as we come closer to Christmas, you'll encourage others to do the same. Now more than ever, our future prosperity depends on it.

Roger Simmermaker is the author of How Americans Can Buy American: The Power of Consumer Patriotism. He also writes "Buy American Mention of the Week" articles for his website and is a member of the Machinists Union and National Writers Union. Roger has been a frequent guest on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, has been quoted in the USA Today, Wall Street Journal and US News & World Report among many other publications, and is now a weekly contributor to WorldNetDaily.

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