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We are the job creators.  We are the people who make bussiness succeed or fail.  We spend or we don't.  But it is haphazard. The French progressives have shut down their country.  They have some understanding of power.  We have the election out of the way.  It is time to get to work.  read on below and I'll sketch a few ways we can begin.  The occupy movement is already there.  We need to see what they are teaching and what we can do with our power.

The Chrismas spending orgy is about to begin.  We need a list of businesses that need to be supported and and a list of those who need to be boycotted.  The latent power in this idea is great.  Think about it.  think about the world you want to live in and then only spend your money where it helps.  Deprive the greedy and anti-social.  Is that so hard?  I just throw this out for discussion today, but I will work with any serious people to make this a tool for change.

Originally posted to don mikulecky on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 03:19 PM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions.


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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    An idea is not responsible for who happens to be carrying it at the moment. It stands or falls on its own merits.

    by don mikulecky on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 03:19:41 PM PST

  •  macy's (3+ / 0-)
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    don mikulecky, a2nite, Larsstephens


    The longer I live, the clearer I perceive how unmatchable a compliment one pays when he says of a man "he has the courage to utter his convictions." Mark Twain

    by Persiflage on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 03:24:39 PM PST

  •  Instead of a list of all the corporations (5+ / 0-)

    that act like, well, corporations, perhaps we should have a list of those companies that are actually squeaky clean. Now that would be helpful. My assumption is that if I drive by Papa Johns to go instead to Mr. Pizza Man, that while I may feel good about that it is probable that Mr. Pizza Man is even a bigger douche than Papa John. Who can keep track of all these things?

    •  That is why I wrote this...we have work to do! (3+ / 0-)
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      DawnN, northsylvania, Larsstephens

      We need info and a place to store it.

      An idea is not responsible for who happens to be carrying it at the moment. It stands or falls on its own merits.

      by don mikulecky on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 03:51:16 PM PST

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    •  Good point, but just think how much good it would (5+ / 0-)

      do to slap down the known betrayers.  If we know what you suggest, so much the better, but let's not let perfection get in the way of better.

      Darden Restarants...Olive Garden, and a long list of others.
      AT&T, Papa Johns, Walmart, Sams Club,....
      ETC...we need help getting the list.

      On the plus side, if affordable, Sundance (Robert Redford) would seem a good choice.  Costco is a good place to shop, fair-minded company with progressive managent.

      The longer I live, the clearer I perceive how unmatchable a compliment one pays when he says of a man "he has the courage to utter his convictions." Mark Twain

      by Persiflage on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 04:00:32 PM PST

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  •  Coors (3+ / 0-)
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    don mikulecky, ichibon, Larsstephens

    "Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right." - Isaac Asimov

    by greenotron on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 04:45:23 PM PST

  •  Shop locally (6+ / 0-)

    Your local shops will benefit from your purchases far more than a chain store. Plus, your money will stay in the community.

    If you don't have a local bookstore, however, Powells Books in Portland, OR does have a wonderful website and does ship.

    I wonder what Markos thought when he started this blog? Sure, come for the politics, but stay for the friendship and cat pics!

    by The Pollster on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 05:22:12 PM PST

  •  Progressive economics (2+ / 0-)
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    don mikulecky, DawnN

    Boycotts can be fun, a great organizing tool, and sometimes effective. I still remember high school friends spending most weekends at grocery stores supporting the Farm Workers grape boycott.

    While I like the idea, I prefer living the other way around. Finding and supporting local businesses, and giving them all my business. Finding progressive companies, and giving them my business.

    Working Assets is my credit card and my cell phone.

    Credit unions, not banks.

    Farmers' markets and farm stands. Ditto fishermen.  When I get relocated I'll find a CSA.

    Local bookstores

    Local general store. Even if it's owned by Republicans. Still keeps my money in my town, and we work together on local issues.

    Local hardware. Local lumberyard, too.

    Local restaurants and bars

    The local grocery chain

    Had a real milkman, too, until the kids grew up

    Local ice cream place

    Local coffee shops. Both sell locally roasted coffee.

    My oilman is the local Republican chair. Not thrilled about it. But when my furnace blew one very cold Friday night, he personally made sure we got taken care of and a new furnace. And we work on some local issues.

    Missing anything?

    I'm a little obsessive about living local. My family jokes that it's front page news whenever I leave town.

    Not quite. Page three at best.

    My daughter's had food allergies for years and it is often to deal with certain chains when traveling. My father liked Home Depot, so I always gifted him a gift card.So even I cheat at times.

    But, in general I prefer to find and support local businesses, avoid all the national chains I can, and find progressive national companies for the big stuff.

    A society is judged by how well it cares for those in the dawn of life, the children. By how well it cares for those in the twilight of life, the elderly. And, by how well it cares for those on the edge of life; the poor, the sick, and the disabled.

    by BobBlueMass on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 06:17:57 PM PST

  •  family owned toy stores (1+ / 0-)
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    Two of my favorites toy stores:

    Figpickels Toy Emporium Their new web store coming soon.

    The Wooden Horse

    My idea is to buy less gifts but more in quality and fun.

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