<font face="Comic Sans MS">I'll bet you'd look at Toyota's a different way if you were one of the Americans employed in any one of Toyota's American assembly plants. You'd probably like them because of the job. There are plenty of Americans right here in America that are building Toyota vehicles. Sure the corporate area in Japan get some of the money, but the construction of Toyota vehicles here in the US is helping to create thousands of jobs.
Look at NAFTA. Now as a result many of the components for our trucks are Hencho en Mexico (I belive that's the phrase) because of the ultra cheap labor force there. The things are assembled, in large part in Canada. So NAFTA is hurting the American economy more than Toyota because in fact those rigs are made right here. Do some research. I'm sure you'll uncover some interesting facts.
Plus you mentioned that this is a country of freedom. As such, what rig the guys chooses to buy is his choice and not ours. If he worked to earn his money then the guy can determine exactly where he spends it and how much he spends.
There are several bottom lines here. One is that Asia doesn't buy many American vehicles. Several reasons for this, including price, difficulty in converting them to right hand drive, and other things. That can't be blamed on a company that is based overseas yet has many production plants right here in the US to create jobs. The US automakers need to build inexpensive little cars that the people in the Asian and European markets want, and take portions of the foreign companies' marketshares away. Talking down to someone though that used his money to purchase something he wanted isn't a good choice however, in my humble opinion.
Look at where a lot of the parts on your GM rig were built before saying that foreign cars are hurting our economy. The world's biggest supplier of silicon is based here in Michigan about 10 miles away from where I live. They supply huge quantities of the stuff to overseas markets. That doesn't work too bad, we supply them with the raw materials and the finished products return here.
But anyhow, this isn't econ 101, this is an OHV BBS that's here so we can help eachother out, and all this bickering (and perceived insults/flaming) is doing is making us GM guys look like a bunch of idiots who can't seem to agree that other rigs are ok too. That's my last comment I'm making to this thread I do believe. Here's what I do with my posting and hope others do the same. I post only to threads where I can contribute something. Insults, attacks, economy debates, etc... aren't contributing anything. I hope I'm not bothering anybody, I'm wondering if anyone else here on this forum supports me taking a bit of a stand to support the original poster because the guy was just looking for some help not a bunch of (easily perceived to be) rude comments. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]
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