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The American economy can be recovered much faster than the experts predict. We can stop the unemployment rate from climbing and bring it down multiple points in a matter of months. How? By asking the major retailers to buy more American products and then buying those products.

The beauty of our economic system is that if enough consumers say they want something, those consumers will get that something. This has been proven over and over again, by products as silly as the Pet Rock to the BlackBerry that runs your life. If enough people write retailers that they want to buy American, retailers will order more American products to sell. Those increased product orders will mean that the American companies that make those products will have to hire more people to fulfill those increased orders. Jobs will be created, the trade deficit will be reduced and American manufacturers will have big gains on the stock market due to unexpected growth; all without a federal dollar being spent.

The future of this country rests with us, so let's spend 15 minutes for America and let retail know that we want the products we buy from them to be as proud to be American as we ourselves are. There are more than 300 million people in this country. If only an extra $10 was spent on American products rather than foreign every month by everyone, we could keep more than $36 billion here every year, and although that may not mean much in Washington, D.C., anymore, it'll create some jobs. If the government really wants to help let's suggest they fix the budget, reduce the deficit and strengthen the dollar.

To support this issue join the Facebook page "Fifteen Minutes For America," where you can find a sample letter and contact information for major retailers.

Michael-John J. Davis, Kalispell

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