Consumer Action

June 6, 2010

An Open Letter To President Obama

Who would have thought, and yet many are thinking it. 

AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA


Dear President Obama:
You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me.

You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.

You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support.

You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.

You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.

You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don’t understand it at its core.

You scare me because you lack humility and ‘class’, always blaming others.

You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail..

You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the ‘blame America ‘ crowd and deliver this message abroad.

You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.

You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.

You scare me because you prefer ‘wind mills’ to  responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.

You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.

You scare me because you have begun to use  ‘extortion’ tactics against certain banks and corporations.

You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.

You scare me because you will not openly listen to  or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.

You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.

You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.

You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaugh’s, Hannitys, O’Reillys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view.

You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.

Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.

Lou Pritchett

This letter was sent to the NY Times but they never acknowledged it.  Big surprise.  Since it hit the internet, however, it has had over 500,000 hits. Keep it going.  All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing.  It’s happening right now.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/youscareme.asp

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April 7, 2010

Don’t Give Up the Fight

If you have been ripped off or experience really bad customer service such as my well-documented troubles with DataDepot.biz and feel there is nothing you can do…don’t quit.  There are many things you can do.

Perhaps you feel filing complaints is a waste of time and, in the short term, it may be.  You may not get the resolution you want but, if you quit the fight while there are still options available, you have done exactly what companies such as the F-rated DataDepot want you to do. 

Filing complaints at the very least creates a record that law enforcement agencies utilize.  This record also provides information to consumers who are checking out the company before doing business with it.  Your time filing the complaints and documented the company’s poor customer service or scams is going to help someone else avoid that company and, in time, may end up helping to bring government action against that company.

Here are things you should do whenever you have been the victim of a poor company:

  • Save all e-mails, letters, etc. related to your complaint.  This is crucial for supporting your facts.
  • File a complaint with the Better Business Bureau serving the area where the company is located.  This may or may not motivate the company to do the right thing but it creates a public record and impacts the company’s rating with the BBB.
  • File a complaint with the County Attorney General’s office where the company is located.
  • File a complaint with the State’s Attorney General’s office where the company is located.
  • File a complaint with the FTC.
  • File a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Center.
  • Tell your story on every blog, forum and site you can find (do an internet search for “complaints” and you’ll find a long list of places).
  • Share your posts using the “share this blog” or “share this post” button available on most sites.  You can then publish your post on Stumble, Digg, etc.

Why is posting to complaint sites and blogs important?  When someone does an internet search for the company, they will also see the complaint sites referencing the company.

Again, your efforts may not result in the desired outcome for your specific situation; however, you will help steer others away from that company by taking the time to tell your story.  Remember, always stick to the facts that you can support and remain professional.  These points are keys to your credibility.

Finally, depending on how much time you are willing to spend, post messages inviting others who have had problems with the same company to contact you.  You may find enough people to begin a class-action suit.

I encourage everyone who has experienced scams, poor customer service or otherwise just bad business dealings to take the time to make your story heard.  If we consumers fail to act, these bad companies will continue to escape accountability. 

Good luck.

– Clark

January 8, 2010

Made in the USA – Again

Filed under: General Information — Clark @ 4:46 am
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One grasshoper on the railroad tracks won’t slow a train very much but a billion of them would.  With that thought in mind, read the following, obviously written by a good American .

One light bulb at a time . . [this was copied from an e-mail I received from a lady]…

[Add-on from another e-mail recipient]…I was in Lowes the other day for some reason and just for the heck of it I was looking at the hose attachments . They were all made in China . The next day I was in Ace Hardware and just for the heck of it I checked the hose attachments there . They were made in USA . Start looking.  In our current economic situation, every little thing we buy or do affects someone else – even their job . So, after reading this email, I think this lady is on the right track . Let’s get behind her!

“My grandson likes Hershey’s candy. I noticed, though, that it is marked made in Mexico now . I do not buy it any more . My favorite toothpaste, Colgate, is made in Mexico now.   I have switched to Crest . You have to read the labels on everything.

This past weekend I was at Kroger. I needed 60 W light bulbs and Bounce dryer sheets . I was in the light bulb aisle, and right next to the GE brand I normally buy was an off brand labeled, “Everyday Value.” I picked up both types of bulbs and compared the stats – they were the same except for the price . The GE bulbs were more money than the Everyday Value brand but the thing that surprised me the most was the fact that GE was made in MEXICO and the Everyday Value brand was made in – get ready for this – the USA in a company in Cleveland , Ohio .

So, throw out the myth that you cannot find products you use every day that are made right here.

So on to another aisle – Bounce Dryer Sheets . . … yep, you guessed it, Bounce cost more money and is made in Canada . The Everyday Value brand was less money and MADE IN THE USA! I did laundry yesterday and the dryer sheets performed just like the Bounce Free I have been using for years and at almost half the price!

My challenge to you is to start reading the labels when you shop for everyday things and see what you can find that is made in the USA – the job you save may be your own or your neighbors!”

[If you accept the challenge, pass this on to others via e-mail, sharing bookmarks or telling them about this post so we can all start buying American, one light bulb at a time! Stop buying from overseas companies!]

“(We should have awakened a decade ago).
 
Let’s get with the program . . . . help our fellow Americans keep their jobs and create more jobs here in the U . S . A.”

Our textile industry, steel industry and now our auto industry are dying in our country as we continue to send our dollars to China, Mexico and Canada (among others).  This lady is correct, American made goods can be found at competitive prices and, generally, at comparable or better quality.  Saving a few pennies because something can be made overseas at low-paying sweat shops is costing our economy and, therefore, each of us, much more in the long run.  We are seeing our wages drop, increases in unemployment and solid manufacturing jobs being lost by the hundreds or thousands.  Entire cities are hurting because we have lost our pride in “Made in America.”  Yes, many of our businesses need to also re-think the way they manage and get to a point where they realize and/or remember that it is the American consumer and worker that makes them prosper.

January 4, 2010

Stop Giving Them Your Money…Throw Them Out!

Filed under: Congress,General Information — Clark @ 5:08 pm
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Even if you aren’t a sports fan this is very interesting!

                                                                                                          

  • 36 have been accused of spousal abuse
  • 7 have been arrested for fraud
  • 19 have been accused of writing bad checks
  • 117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses
  • 3 have done time for assault
  • 71 … repeat 71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit
  • 14 have been arrested on drug-related charges
  • 8 have been arrested for shoplifting
  • 21currently are defendants in lawsuits, And
  • 84 have been arrested for drunk driving
    In the last year

Can you guess which organization this is?

NBA Or NFL?

Give up yet?

Scroll down…

Neither, it’s the 535 members of the United States Congress! 

The same group of Idiots that crank out hundreds of new laws each year designed to keep the rest of us in line.  The same group that wants to give us healthcare reform that they themselves won’t have to live with. 

You gotta pass this one on!

November 16, 2009

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