A no small factor in America's sad economy/job market!
Posted in the Waltham Forum
Since: Apr 09
#1 Aug 3, 2009
You see them almost everywhere: jobless people with homes in foreclosure. And on some of their driveways are Hondas or Toyotas.
Ugh! Jobless people driving foreign, putting even more Americans out of work.
How come? Well, the Japanese have been luring us for years. They give their cars American names. Media promote them! They flood us with ads. So,“We wanna be cool, drive foreign like our neighbors.” But how cool is it to be jobless?
Now, as to the scare tactics Japanese dealers use to unethically trash American cars, check the March J.D. Power report: For reliability, Buick tops Lexus; Lincoln & Mercury in top 5. Today, quality differences between Japanese and American exist only in minds influenced by BIASED media.
For 20 years they have been touting Japanese and knocking American. Yes, supposedly FOR FREE, our own media help sell MILLIONS of Japanese cars. They make it nightmarish for our makers to compete. And because the Big 3 are an enormous factor in our economy, as much as a fifth of it, this costs America JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!
But the Japanese say,“We give jobs. We build cars here and hire people to build them.”
Big deal! They assemble SOME here. Get people to think:“They’re built here, they’re American.” Baloney! They’re still Japanese!
And how about this: MOST, yes MOST, Japanese vehicles sold here come from Japan by boat!
Then there’s this reality: Every year Japanese parent-corporations in Japan bank BILLIONS from profits from vehicle sales in America. Yes, 31% of their income comes from us. Billions that 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 restructuring, interstate highways crumbling, city schools deteriorating, and unemployment at 10%+ in many states, 15.2 in Michigan.
Considering such 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 could sell only 10,000 there. But they sold 3 MILLION in America!
And get this: they’ve even refused to buy apples from us! In effect, they close their 160 million-people market to us. Square shooters, they’re NOT!!!
We let them get away with this? Yep! They have an incredibly powerful lobby in Washington. Money talks! It’s a type of lobbying that costs America dearly!
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 Asian 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 our woes.
Anyway, our “FOREIGN-CAR-I-TIS,” fueled for 20 years by our own media, has finally caught up with us. It has cost America a million jobs! And if we continue blind to this humongous problem, we could lose up to 4 million.
But here’s some good news: With U.S. backing, GM and Chrysler will be stronger. Nevertheless, the Asians are licking their chops hoping our guys fail so they can devour our industry. Shall we continue to help them?
NO! NO! Let’s back the new GM and Chrysler, as well as Ford, which on its own is reinventing itself. Lately, Ford has been outselling Toyota. Hopefully, we’re getting wise: CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME, not in Japan or Korea!
Yes, support our own economy, not some foreign country’s! 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:
Please spread word how “FOREIGN-CAR-I-TIS” shoots America in the foot. Pass this on.
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