A Friday ago, on TV they were interviewing a jobless couple whose house was in foreclosure. On the driveway was a Nissan. I shouted,“Guys, people in Japan thank you for their jobs.”
Ugh! Jobless Americans driving foreign; helping to put even more Americans out of work.
How come? Well, the Japanese have been luring us for years. They give their vehicles American names. Media promote them for free! They flood us with seductive ads. So, we’re sucked in!
As to their no-longer-valid quality pitch, check the March ‘09 J.D. Power report. For dependability Buick tops Lexus; Lincoln & Mercury in top 5. Today, minute differences between Japanese and American, exist only in minds influenced by BIASED media.
For years media have been touting Japanese and knocking American. Yes, FOR FREE, biased media help sell MILLIONS of Japanese cars. They make it a nightmare for the Big 3 to compete. And because the Big 3 is a gigantic factor in our economy, as much as one-fifth of it, this costs JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!
But the Japanese say,“We give America jobs. We build cars here and hire Americans to build them.”
Big deal! They assemble SOME here. Get people to think:“If it’s built here, it’s American.” HOGWASH! It’s still Japanese! Foreign!
And here’s the clincher: MOST Japanese vehicles sold in America are built in Japan!
But no matter where vehicles are built what counts most is where profits end up. FACT: every year Japanese parent-corporations in Japan reap BILLIONS from cars sold in America. Yes, 31% of their income comes from the U.S.A.(see Google) These billions bolster Japan’s economy at the expense of OURS!
We’re Japan’s cash cow! This, despite our almost 50 million people with no health care, 37 million living in poverty including 18% of our kids, 77,000 bridges needing rebuilding, highways crumbling, inner-city schools deteriorating, and unemployment pushing 10%.
Considering all that, we let the Japanese feed on us? In return, can we build cars there? No! They impose costs that make it financially unworkable for U.S. automakers. Yet in ‘08 they sold 3 million cars and trucks in the U.S. We’re suckers, fools!
And get this: they’ve even refused to buy our apples! In effect, they close their markets to us.
How can they do this? They have an incredibly rich, powerful lobby in Washington. Money talks!
And, oh yes, the South Koreans also feed on us. They sell us 800,000 cars a year but buy only 6,000 of ours.
Another bummer: many Big 3 dealers have conflicts of interest; they also sell Japanese and Korean. So, they don't advertise:“DRIVE AMERICAN!” If they did, they’d sell lots more American. They’d put hundreds of thousands of Americans back to work. Yes, these dealers could do a lot to help our economy. Instead they, shortsightedly, add to America’s woes as well as to their own.
Anyway, from “FOREIGN-CAR-I-TIS,” we’ve lost a million jobs. And if we continue with our heads in the sand about this, estimates say up to 3 million more jobs will be lost. And some predict with trickle down it could be 4 million.
As to the 375,000 jobs we get from foreigners to assemble vehicles, well, if from that we lose 3-4 million jobs, that’s OK?
In any case, now with U.S. backing, GM and Chrysler will be stronger. Even so, the Japanese and Koreans are still circling vultures hoping the Big 3 fail so they can devour the 100 year industry we created. Shall we help them?
NO! NO! Let’s back the new GM and Chrysler, as well as Ford, which on its own is reinventing itself. For three months now, Ford has outsold Toyota. Finally, we’re sniffing the stench of Japanese manure!
Support our economy! DRIVE AMERICAN!
"God bless America, land that I love, stand beside her...."
P.S. More on quality: In 2006, Toyota was under criminal investigation for hiding safety defects: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2006/07...