Yesterday I bought a simple, gas-powered Craftsman lawnmower with a Briggs & Stratton engine. It wasn’t very fancy, it wasn’t self-propelled and it didn’t have a lot of “bells and whistles.” It did, however, happen to be exactly what I wanted – a basic workhorse lawnmower to cut grass at my daughter’s rental property.
There was something else that prompted me to buy this particular model. “Proudly Made in the USA with Global Materials” was printed on the box, and this did the trick for me. Even though the lawnmower wasn’t 100% American-made, I still felt great about buying this product and helping our domestic economy in so doing. The exhilaration I felt in buying American, even partially, made me decide to continue on the “Buy American” theme started in my April column.