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Ypsi passes "Buy American" resolution, what do you think?

8. April 2009 • Chuck Warpehoski
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The Ann Arbor News is reporting on a buy-local resolution that supports trying to “maximize the creation of American jobs” in the way it spends federal economic stimulus money.” They have a online poll (same link), but we’d like to hear your comments.

  1. I would like to see it go even farther, to a local preference, so we keep more tax dollars in the community.

    That said, it sounds like this is a fairly soft resolution, leaving room to consider price, quality, and other factors, which I think is a good thing.

       —Chuck Warpehoski    Apr. 8 '09 - 08:48PM    #
  2. How much has been spent, since 2001, on these wars we are currently in? How much will we be spending on them in the 8 years of this administration? That leaves precious little to spend in the community.

       —The Colonel    Apr. 8 '09 - 10:49PM    #
  3. Sounds to me like more of a reason to spend what we can locally. Hey, I’m choosing local businesses for where I spend my money (love that Roos Roast coffee and Arbor Brewing beer).

       —Chuck Warpehoski    Apr. 9 '09 - 12:29AM    #
  4. Word to what Chuck said in #1. I’d also add that while a resolution as such would draw more attention to the issue.

    I try to buy local as much as possible, too! (RR and ABC for me, too). One thing that I haven’t seen is a comprehensive list or something on where to find local foods. I swear there used to be some such page on the ArborWiki and I can’t find it anymore. (This may be because I am computerally-impaired sometimes :)). If there isn’t such a page, I’d sure love to see one!

       —TeacherPatti    Apr. 9 '09 - 12:45AM    #
  5. protectionism will do more damage to our economy than good.

       —Rex    Apr. 9 '09 - 01:20AM    #
  6. The Local Food folks have been working hard on the ArborWiki category:

       —MattH    Apr. 9 '09 - 02:05AM    #
  7. Try the Food System Economic Partnership and Think Local First – both organizations specialize in local products and businesses.

       —Leah Gunn    Apr. 9 '09 - 02:38AM    #
  8. Let’s see how quickly the A2 Council follows suit.

       —Alan Goldsmith    Apr. 9 '09 - 03:04PM    #
  9. Rex, there’s a difference between protectionism and local purchasing preferences.

    Local preferences exercise the choice to select local services and locally-produced goods. It does not limit other people’s choices about what goods or services to choose.

    Protectionism uses taxes, tariffs, and quotas to put international goods and services at an artificial disadvantage. It does limit other people’s choices.

    I think both local/domestic preferences and tariff/quota policies are fair for discussion, but I think we should recognize how they are different.

       —Chuck Warpehoski    Apr. 9 '09 - 06:23PM    #
  10. Thanks, Matt! I want to help however I can…thanks to all who have been working on it :)

       —TeacherPatti    Apr. 9 '09 - 11:10PM    #
  11. Here is a helpful website for those that haven’t heard of it yet.

    It has Michigan based companies and their products as well as stores that sell said products.

       —Al    Apr. 17 '09 - 05:23PM    #