Vote Hard, Vote Well:

With the last registration days ahead I cannot help but talk about voting. The point I would like to make today is that a ‘government of, by, and for the people’ should require an educated and thoughtful vote by its people. We have a right as set forth by our founding fathers to vote. We should respect that right to do so thoughtfully and responsibly.

Sometimes we vote too casually and ignorantly. Some of us cannot name a candidate`s party or intelligently discuss their positions. Better yet, some of us cannot even name the officials and candidates up for election until we see their names on the ballot! We also cast our votes out of habit, influence of tradition, emotion, or by our preferred party. We often rely too heavily on our perspective groups to form opinions on a candidate instead of forming our own views.

I am sharing this with you because I believe voting should be taken seriously. It determines the world in which we live in and the government we leave for our generations to come. So, voting should be a closely controlled decision based on the best information you can attain.

Between now and Election Day, educate yourself about the policies you support. Figure out which candidate supports those policies and the kind of government YOU want, not the government your party, relatives, and co-workers want. Focus on what YOU want. If it helps, try not to speak about politics. Keep your insights and opinions locked up until it is time to visit the polls. Your voice will eventually be heard.

“I love my freedom. I love my America.” – Jessi Lane Adams

Logan

All American Clothing Co.

Anywhere in America:

If you could go anywhere in the U.S., where would you go? What would you do? Who would you share it with?

The question gets asked a lot, but we always answer the destination without any reason. Places such as Hawaii, Washington D.C. or New York are always fan favorites. But, the surrounding questions to me are more interesting. In this blog post I will share with you my answer to the questions of where I would go, what I would do, and who I would share it with. Please read and share your ‘Anywhere in America’ in the comment section below.

My ‘Anywhere in America’ is Alaska. I have never been before, but I would go in a heartbeat. I would travel to Alaska with my fiancé and maybe another couple with whom we are great friends or family.

By day, I would enjoy hiking, boating, or take a plane tour to see the many breathtaking national forests Alaska has to offer. There is such a great combination of landscapes in Alaska that include the ocean, lakes, rivers, mountains, glaciers, and wilderness to observe. I would love to see them all and experience some wildlife while I`m at it. Fishing in the early morning would be a great experience. It would also be great to see some bears or a huge moose!

In the early evening, a fresh Alaskan dinner with salmon and crab legs would be my food of choice. Of course I would enjoy a few tall, cool, ice waters as well.

Afterwards, a cozy campfire in a cabin under the northern lights would be ideal for the majority of the nights during our stay.

P.S. I will definitely be wearing some USA Made clothing from All American Clothing Co. during my trip so I can have some photos to feature on my next blog about Alaska (which will be after i go there!).

I am so ready to go to my ‘Anywhere in America!’

Are you?

Logan

All American Clothing Co.

Mom`s All American Apple Pie

Fall is almost here! I can tell because my mother has her house already themed with fall colors and she has been baking nothing but fall foods all week! So in essence of fall, I have asked her to share one of her apple pie recipes (apparently she has two?). It was tough to get it from her because she keeps recipes sacred but I somehow succeeded. Here is the recipe! Enjoy.

Ingredients:

2 9-inch pie crusts (one for the top crust, one for the bottom crust) 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg Dash of salt 2 tablespoons butter 6 cups thinly sliced and cored apple.

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

2. Mix sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, and salt. Stir in the apples.

3. Place into pie crust, dot with butter. Cover with top crust, and slit evenly to let steam escape. Seal the top crust to the bottom by pinching the edges together.

3. Cover edge of the crust with a three inch strip of aluminum foil.

4. Bake 40-50 minutes, until crust is brown and juice begins to bubble through top.

Enjoy!

Logan

All American Clothing Co.

Warning:

All American Clothing Co. and Josh Miller, producer of the upcoming documentary film ‘Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey” were both involved in making the new warning label possible. Both are proud supporters of USA Made items. “The impact of producing USA Made items is exponential.” said All American Co-Owner Bj Nickol. “By keeping our production in the USA we provide jobs and a tax base that supports our communities.”

The idea behind the label came from Miller. When he presented it to the USA Made clothing company, production took place right away. The warning label can be found on a tee shirt from All American Clothing Co. The company hopes to make the same tee shirt for other USA Made businesses with their logo on the front and warning label on the back. The label serves as a reminder to shoppers to think twice about their purchases as they head out for Labor Day specials.

This is not the first time both Miller and All American Clothing Co. have worked together. Josh Miller recently made an effort to raise awareness on the topic of American Manufacturing while filming the “Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey” documentary. In the film, Josh attempts to live off of USA Made items only for 30 straight days. In the process Josh interviews business owners, politicians, economists, and locals for their opinions on Made in USA as he travels the country. Josh and his crew made a stop at All American Clothing Co. on day 4 of his journey to get a glimpse of what life is like for small business in America. The film highlights the current struggling U.S. economy with a focus on telling American consumers how they can help improve it simply by choosing “Made in the USA.”

The All American Clothing Co. is a proud sponsor of the film and its merchandise. The USA Made Clothing Co. has supplied “Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey” tee shirts in an effort to support the film. Both Miller and the All American Clothing Co. are at it again with the new warning label tee shirt. To view the trailer on Josh`s upcoming film “Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey” visit http://www.usa30days.com. To order a Warning Label Tee, visit http://www.allamericanclothing.com.

Remembering 9/11

We all remember where we were.

On 9/11/01 , I was in 7th grade. It was during school just in between class periods as all students were heading from their lockers into their next class. My next class happened to be Math with Mr. Lecklider.

On my way to class I stopped to go to the restroom, but my restroom break was abruptly interrupted by a teacher who made all students get into their classrooms before the bell rang. As I headed into my next class, my first thought was that I was in trouble.

Walking into Mr. Lecklider`s classroom, I can remember the lights being turned off with a television on. My first thought was, “Great, i`m not in trouble. Looks like we get to watch a movie today.” As soon as I sat down I realized that it was not a movie we were about to be watching.

“Everyone sit down and be quiet. We are under attack.” said Mr. Lecklider.

On the television screen appeared the first tower after it had been hit. Black smoke poured out as thousands of people rushed the streets of New York. Sirens filled the air as brave cops, fire fighters, and emergency servicemen rushed to save those who were still in the building. News reporters were scrambling through the streets in an effort to cover the event and a classroom full of 7th graders sat quietly in a daze as footage progressed. On that day, we witnessed the attack on the World Trade Center.  For the next hour and a half we watched footage until our parents started arriving to pick us up.

Perhaps our teacher shouldn’t have showed the footage to 7th graders. Maybe we wouldn’t have understood and had been scared, but I am thankful he did. Because Mr. Lecklider had the television on, I will always remember seeing first hand what happened. I will remember those who gave up their lives in an attempt to save others and the courage that the many firefighters and policemen showed on that fateful day.

And I will always remember asking my mother on the car-ride home if we were related to anyone who worked at the World Trade Center. Her answer was, “No, but everyone who was hurt has a family. Make sure you pray for them and their families like they are part of ours.”

Today, 9/11 will be remembered during the memorial service as we keep American families in our hearts who endured 9/11.  Even today, families are still struggling due to unemployment in today`s economy. We will also think about those families and do our best to create a better future for them.

9/11/01 – May we always remember.

Logan

All American Clothing Co.

16 Trillion Reasons Why YOU Should Buy American!

The Treasury Department said Tuesday that the national debt has topped $16 trillion. Each American citizen`s share of the national debt averages out to more than $50,000 worth of red ink. This is due to factors like federal spending, outsourcing, and higher taxes–just to name a few.

The news was announced yesterday with an emphasis on the current Presidential election. The current candidates have already begun to use the news of the national debt as a key point in political ads, debates, and messaging. Many will use the debt as a key issue in helping to make a decision on whom to vote for. This is all important because it is the major issue our country faces today.

Every American citizen should take notice of the debt now. More importantly, we should take action now. And the only action that U.S. citizens can take today is to choose America with our spending. We cannot wait to do something about it until November when our votes have been casted. Buying USA Made items over foreign made items can help the current debt and economy immensely. If every American citizen bought $50 worth of USA Made goods in a year, it would create up to $15.7 billion in revenue.

Senator Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said yesterday, “This debt will not only be a liability for our kids and grandkids, but economists also tell us that it will limit economic growth and kill millions of jobs now and in the future.”

Think of what we can do for our kids and grandkids by spending our money here. $15.7 billion a year can create thousands of jobs for our future generations. That is only $50 a year. Think if we spent hundreds of dollars a year on American Made essential items such as groceries and clothing. We can make a difference just by choosing what we buy. We can create jobs and benefit the economy every day as consumers. We can keep businesses thriving here in America!  There are 16 trillion reasons to prove that we can make a difference.

Logan

All American Clothing Co.

The American People: The Real Key to Helping Businesses Make It In America

A recent Huffington Post article by Rep. Steny Hoyer states that Innovation is the key to help businesses make it in America. Congressman Hoyer states that America can continue to lead the global economy into the twenty-first century only by “tapping into our tradition of innovation.”

He taps into his argument with a statement that China and other countries are investing more dollars in science, technology, engineering, and math at record levels in an attempt to build a global leading workforce. He states that competitors across the world are investing in their future and we cannot fall behind. Congressman Hoyer even brings former President Clinton into the argument with the topic and title of his recent novel ‘Back to Work, its time Americans got into the future business again,’ stating that ‘our economic future will be fueled by our limitless energy to innovate.’

Hoyer believes the best way to innovate is through House Democrats` Make It In America plan. The plan aims to restore certainty to American businesses and help them expand so they can create jobs and compete with the global economy. He also mentions that the Make It In America plan combines tax reform and encourages manufacturers to move production back to the United States with investments in education, innovation, and infrastructure.  Hoyer ends his piece with a patriotic speech about capturing the spirit that long made the U.S. the worlds innovation leader and that there is no limit to what we can do. He then leaves all responsibility on what ‘we’ can do in Congresses` hands saying, ‘It`s up to Congress to embrace that future and make it possible.’

I believe Congressman Hoyer may have some good insights, but his proposition in leaving all control in the hands of Congress is wrong. Like many other Americans he chooses to leave this issue the hands of the government. It`s not entirely Congresses` responsibility to make sure America continues to lead the global economy and create ways for manufacturers to innovate. It`s the American people who are the real key to helping businesses make it in America.

There are also plenty of businesses still making it here. Essentially, we manufacture more products today than at any other time in our history. Yes, we manufacture more items today than the days of the Industrial Revolution. Yes, American manufacturers are still finding ways to innovate on their own. Yes, there are manufacturers who are choosing to stay and make it in America. Truth be told, America still makes more than 1.7 trillion dollars worth of goods each year which is more than China, Germany, Japan, or any other country on earth according to Yul Kwon.

I believe that we as a society have a tendency to assume that Congress and our government should do something about the problems we face. Even our political figures like Rep. Steny Hoyer feel the same way when he states that it`s up to Congress to make something happen in regards to American Manufacturing. The truth is that American citizens can do something about it. Actually, American citizens can make an even larger impact than Congress as the following numbers show. If 300,000,000 American citizens spent only $500 on the necessities of USA Made clothing and groceries alone, it would create an estimated $150 billion in revenue. This number alone will create thousands of jobs and help businesses make it in America.

Helping businesses make it in America is something that we can do together as a nation. As Hoyer puts it, ‘there is no limit to what we can achieve and the future we can create.’  We built this nation before by consuming our own items during the Industrial Revolution. We have come together against every obstacle this nation has faced. We have progressed together year after year. Why can`t we make the difference and be the real key to helping businesses make it in America? Why can`t the American people be the difference? It has never been congress`s sole responsibility to capture the American spirit and improve the hardships we have faced as a nation.  It has always been we the people who can embrace hardships and achieve the future we want to create.

Logan

Remembering Neil Armstrong: ‘The Eagle Has Landed.’

Houston, Tranquility, Base Here, The Eagle has landed” were the words of Neil Armstrong on July 20, 1969 when Apollo 11 landed him and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr. on earth`s moon.

And nearly 43 years later from that special day, Neil Armstrong has landed in his final resting place. He passed away this past Saturday at the age of 82. May he forever live on as an inspiration to us all.

The United States mission Armstrong is remembered for will always  be considered one of the most influential moments in American history. Apollo 11 was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Florida on July 16th and was the 5thmanned mission and 3rd lunar mission of NASA`s Apollo program.

The crew was made up of Neil Armstrong as Commander, Edwin Aldrin as Lunar Module Pilot, and Michael Collins as Command Module Pilot. Armstrong and Aldrin landed in the Sea of Tranquility where they became the first humans to walk on the Moon July 21, 1969.

With the words, “That`s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Armstrong stepped his first steps on the moon alongside Aldrin, sealing a major accomplishment for the United States. As space shuttle astronaut Nicole Stott recently said on Twitter, “His one small step will inspire generations to come.”

As Armstrong said in a 1995 speech, “There are places to go beyond belief.” And with those words, there`s an inspirational message. Perhaps the inspiration Neil Armstrong gave us was the idea that anything is possible.

Anything is possible if we chase our dreams and reach for those places beyond our beliefs. Who knows? A dream come true may feel like walking on the moon.

Logan

All American Clothing Co.