Buy American? App Maker Wants You to Buy Progressive!

Author: Steve Woods
Published: June 23, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I can't remember how far back I first heard the phrase "Buy American", and was exhorted to read labels on clothing, games, and even cars. Since then, things have gotten much more complicated, as foreign interests own manufacturing plants (and hire Americans) here, and American companies often complete an assembly from parts made all over the globe.

I understand the mantra, and the reasons why. But what if simply buying American wasn't good enough? What if my hard-earned dollars were going into U.S. companies who used a chunk of it to work against my own interests? According to Darcy Burner, if you're a Democrat you might want to pay a little more attention to where you throw around your paycheck.

Burner, a Democratic candidate for Washington State's 1st Congressional seat, came to the realization not long ago, that the items she had been purchasing to supply her daily needs were not supporting her strongly-held beliefs. Even though she had set her life on a path to champion more progressive values and American labor unions in Congress, many of the products she had been purchasing were inadvertently funding Billionaire Right-Wing Conservative mega-supporters David and Charles Koch.

In other words, she was buying products manufactured by the companies the Koch brothers owned - feeding cash into the GOP machine and indirectly fighting even her own candidacy - as well as that of other candidates and even President Obama's re-election. "Our democracy has been bought and sold by people like the Kochs", said Burner in a recent Forbes article.

Burner has set out to remedy the situation, researching the companies and products the Kochs sell, and coming to the realization that the conservative brothers' financial tentacles are spread out all over America. Popular brands such as Brawny, Quilted Northern, Dixie plates, cups, bowls and picnic ware, and napkin brands such as Sparkle, Vanity and Zee.

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