Sunday, July 29, 2012

Buy Now

I find this picture interesting because of the sign in the window. The implication is that you have a duty to buy things in order to make work, and create jobs. I think we still hear this sentiment today, that we need to start spending in order to make things better. I feel we are in the mess we are in today because we have borrowed too much, spent too much, and spent it on a bunch of silly unneeded stuff.

My shop sign would say: "Spend Less, Save and Invest More, Stop Buying Silly Stuff, and Give Generously to make our Nation Stronger". I don't expect many to sign on.


  1. The signs should read buy products made in the USA.
    If people would just buy USA made items, that would force companies to stop making items out of the USA and start making them here again, thus creating jobs.
    How simple is that? But even our Olympiads uniforms are not made in the USA, how sad is that?

    I have never bought a car that was made overseas in my life, and never will.
    I remember when Wal-Mart use to advertise everthing they sold was made in the USA.
    I wonder what happened there?

  2. Actualy, today we hear 'make jobs so people can buy stuff' -- just the opppsite. The sign is appealing to the people to initiate an economic recovery.

    I contend the government can't make jobs, just the environment in which people want to make jobs.

    The government can't force job creation any more than a farmer can force crop seed germination. It will happen when its ready, you just need the right amount of water and sunshine for it to happen.

  3. I'll sign on to your shop sign.

  4. For the economy to recover the governments need to step back on all levels. Governmental regulations ans taxes from Washington,DC to county and city levels are strangling businesses.

    Along with massive tax cuts, we need massive cuts in governmental spending on all levels. No more welfare, corporate or individual or ridiculous grants for things that don't work, like Sloyndra, or studies on why people cheat in tennis. Banks and other businesses that fail should be on their own. Government bailouts foster irresponsibility.

    Individuals also need to learn to live with in their means. Personal debt these days is astounding. In my parents' youth, indebtedness was a thing of shame and reproach. One took care of himself and counted on God for the rest. Those who were truly destitute were helped by charities or good hearted folk in the community. Being on the dole was viewed as an embarrassment not a fundamental right.

  5. I remember buying an American-made microwave for my Mom years ago at Wal*Mart. Now, I can't find anything made in America there. Wal*Mart got big BECAUSE we bought American, but it appears to me that corporate greed won over. Now I have to shop around to find the 'Made in USA' sticker, if I can find it at all.

    I recently purchased a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, a brand-new 2012 model. Made in America? Nope. Assembled here, yes, but most parts are made in China. Can't take much pride in that.

    I like your shop sign idea, PJM.

  6. I'll buy into your idea, PJM. I agree with Myrtle.

  7. I recently heard an interview of two economic types on NPR who expressed much the same view as you. To my surprise, one of the things they claimed to be a problem was that there were "too many" shops and stores. Not at all what I would have expected, but they emphasized it several times.

    That can probably be debated, obviously, but that at the time this photo was taken the US was a manufacturing and agricultural economy, and now we're a "consumer" economy, cannot. There's something particularly odd about an entire economy, indeed society, being based on buying things.

    On what this sign causes people to recall, it reminds me of two things. One was the post 9/11 suggestion that what the American public should do is "go out and shop", which always struck me as an odd suggestion and, while not at all related, it also sort of reminds me of the "Whip Inflation Now" campaign of the early 1970s.


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