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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Buying American Cars Does NOT Make You a Patriot

There’s a double standard when it comes to many conservatives and buying American made cars.

It is often implied that it is patriotic to buy American and practically a betrayal to buy foreign made vehicles. But is it really our patriotic duty to buy inferior products?

America’s biggest automakers are nearly all on the government dole.

In addition to being on welfare, the American automakers are all run by unions.
So purchasing an American made car in fact supports unions who in turn funnel money to the Democratic Party.

Union leadership has led to a steady decrease in manufacturing quality and an increase in cost.

One need only look at General Motors and their massive list of dangerous recalls to see what kind of quality their line represents today.

Furthermore, many of the domestic automakers buy parts that are made overseas, anyways.

The ‘American made’ label is usually a misnomer, as the parts under the hood are often made in Japan or China.

Conversely, many foreign automakers have plants in the United States, employ Americans, and manufacture their vehicles right here, free of union interference.

Subaru, for example, has produced quality, affordable cars, manufactured in America for decades.

When the British forced an inferior and heavily taxed tea on the American colonists, many turned to Dutch-supplied tea which was smuggled into the country.

They sought quality and affordability and felt it was unfair to be made to support the East India Tea Company just because it was British.

The lesson is that the principles of market competition were valued by our founders, and that free and open trade is beneficial to consumers.

It isn’t patriotic to buy an inferior automobile. Using your money to find the best value offered on the market is both wise and in keeping with American traditions.
If American automakers want our money, they should earn it!

Let them make a better product and American consumers will once again rejoice in owning American cars. Until then, it is an open market.

7 comments:

  1. OK fine, but pay a 25% tariff when you bring in your foreign car. Americans ought not be forced to compete against the Golden Horde. Free Trade is not.

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  2. Most American made cars are only assembly not manufactured. If you buy tools, parts then it is assembly.

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  3. Unions suck. We should all be making $7 with lousy benefits. F*ck unions!

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  4. American cars are fine if you like spending your money on junk paid for by the taxpayer

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  5. A short-sighted report we have here!
    All automakers have a certain portion of corporate profit allocated to R&D. However, when you look at the profit the manufacturers make when they sell their products to their dealer network, the profits go to a bank in the country of origin. There is the real point of where the economy is that benefits from the sales of the vehicles.
    Parts are just a part of cost of manufacturing as labor is. If you buy a foreign brand, it goes to a foreign bank. There is where the real story is and where the proof resides.

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  6. That is not universally true.

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  7. "If American automakers want our money, they should earn it!



    Let them make a better product and
    American consumers will once again rejoice in owning American cars.
    Until then, it is an open market."


    I keep hearing this unending screed every year, but in quality testing and recording, the home front is now in a statistical dead heat with foreign competitors and it's past time we realized it.

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