Huge factor in sad U.S. economy, job situation
Posted in the Portage Forum
Since: Apr 09
#1 Jul 27, 2009
You see them almost everywhere: jobless people with houses in foreclosure. And on some of their driveways are Hondas, Toyotas, or Nissans.
A lot sense that makes! Jobless Americans driving foreign, putting even more Americans out of work.
Why so? Well, the Japanese have been luring us for years. They give their vehicles American names. Media promote them! They flood us with ads. No wonder we get sucked in.
As to their threadbare quality pitch, check the March ‘09 J.D. Power report: For reliability, Buick tops Lexus; Lincoln & Mercury in top 5. Today, differences between Japanese and American are minute. They exist in minds influenced by BIASED media.
For 20 years media have been touting Japanese and knocking American. Yes, supposedly FOR FREE, our own media sell MILLIONS of Japanese cars. They make it nightmarish for our automakers to compete. And because our makers are a huge factor in our economy, as much as a fifth of it, this costs America JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!
But the Japanese say,“We give America jobs. We build cars there and hire people to build them.”
So, they assemble SOME here. Their goal: get people to think:“If they’re built here, they’re American.” Baloney! They’re still Japanese!
And here’s more reality: MOST Japanese cars sold here are built in Japan!
But no matter where they’re built, what really counts is where profit ends 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 feed Japan’s economy.
We’re Japan’s cash cow! This, despite our almost 50 million people with no health care, 37 million in poverty including 18% of our kids, 77,000 bridges needing rebuilding, interstate highways crumbling, city schools deteriorating, and unemployment at 10%+ in many states, 15.2 in Michigan.
Considering those bleak facts, we let the Japanese feed on us? Can we build cars in Japan? No! They impose costs that make it financially unworkable. In ‘08 we sold only 10,000 there. But they sold 3 MILLION in America!
And get this: they’ve even refused to buy our apples! In effect, they close their 160 million-people market to us. Square shooters, they’re NOT!!!!
We let them get away with all this? Yep! They have an incredibly powerful lobby in Washington. Big bucks talk! It’s a type of lobbying that’s a bane on America!
And BTW, the South Koreans also feed on us. In ‘08 they sold us 800,000 cars but only bought 6,000 of ours.
Another bummer: oodles of Big 3 dealers have conflicts; they also sell foreign cars. So, they don't advertise and push:“DRIVE AMERICAN!” If they did, they’d sell lots more American. They’d put thousands back to work. Yes, dealers could really help our economy. Instead, they shortsightedly, add to America’s woes.
Anyway, our “FOREIGN-CAR-I-TIS,” fueled for 20 years by our own media, has finally caught up with us. It’s cost us a million jobs! And some say eventually it could cost 4 million.
As to the 375,000 jobs we get to assemble and sell Asian cars, well, if from that we lose 4 million jobs, that’s OK?
Now there is a silver lining: With U.S. backing, GM and Chrysler will be stronger. Nevertheless, the Asians will be circling vultures hoping our makers fail so they can devour the industry. 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. Hopefully, we’re getting wise: CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME, not in Japan!
Yes, support our own economy! DRIVE AMERICAN!
"God bless America, land that I love, stand beside her...."
P.S. In 2006, Toyota was under criminal investigation for hiding safety defects:
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