Lawrenceville man makes television pitch to buy American

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The first tenet of Clyde Strickland's strategy to save America's economy is to pray.

So the local philanthropist took his pitch, which encourages people to buy American products, to the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

"We would end unemployment in its tracks," if the nation caught on to the idea, Strickland said, adding that more store managers are stocking their shelves with items made in the U.S.A. "It's gaining momentum every day."

Strickland and Jim Maran, the president of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, taped an episode of "Joy in Our Town" with Rachael Miller last month. It will air four times, beginning next week.

The show is set for 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, 4:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, 11:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29 and 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30.

"This thing is moving like wildfire," Strickland said. "In five years, we'll change the whole face of America."


cbnman 4 years, 1 month ago

Only problem is I don't want to buy inflated prices from Americans in automobile or textiles (or other) where I'm paying some union job and union coffers. I'd rather buy foreign.


hubertsaam 4 years, 1 month ago

I think it's funny when people say they won't by an American car (especially GM or Chrysler) because they are made by union workers or because the manufacturer got a loan from the government. Don't they realize that the auto industry in Japan, Germany and Korea is unionized also and that most of those companies have received financial aid from their respective governments and some point or are even part owned by them.


FactChecker 4 years, 1 month ago

The problem lies with identifying what is "American". For instance in the car example, Toyota, Honda and other foreign car manufacturers have plants in America, so many of their cars are American made. Then we have companies like Ford and GM that have moved much of their operation into Canada and Mexico. Then we can also question where the parts were made. For instance, would you choose a Dodge ram, assembled USA but 74% import parts or a Toyota Tacoma, also assembled USA with only 70% import parts? Add to that consideration should be MPG to reduce import of foreign oil. Other products have similar questionable origins making the choice to "buy American" one of nebulous credibility without strict regulations on the requirements for such labeling and percentage American made clarification. Otherwise we only encourage American owned companies to shift their productions into other countries for cheaper labor.


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