BLS ? Bacon, Lettice & Swiss ? Sorry, not being nasty, but I can't recall what car offers a BLS - Please tell me, it's probably right in front of me, and I can't see it.
Ben, everything you say is 100% correct. It just, however sees it from one side. (and) From THAT side, you are 110% correct. However, there is a 2nd side, that for reasons I do not know, you are ignoring. It's too long to turn over every rock, but the gist of it is this.
The American workers benefit in the short term, but the huge profits the sales of the foreign cars bring go back to the homeland of the car's parent corporation. Thusly, the American dollars are leaving America. Ford & GM are struggling to stay afloat. It's widely accepted that as the car industry goes, so goes America! The components used in GM & Ford cars - the majority are sourced here in America. Not so for the foreign cars, so like a domino effect, the falling sales of the domestics take down with them many suppliers. Mccombe_5 on here will tell you that there are few American cars in England. In Japan & South Korea there are very very few American cars. So, why should there be sales of 3 million + foreign cars here, EVERY SINGLE YEAR ? How can our ecomony flourish with the scales so unevenly balanced?
I do firmly believe in supporting America. America has been good to all who came here seeking a good life. I should buy a BMW? A mer-SAAY-dees? A car made by the offspring of many who supported Hitler? Would I be proud of myself driving such? No.
When a person buys a high ticket item, (lots 'o money) in this case a car or truck, he votes with his dollar. He votes for the dealership he spends that money in. Many of the huge mega dealerships today are owned by organized crime families. Since, in my area, I know which they are, should I buy a car there? No, I will not. (Not even walk on their property). You vote for the brand , with your dollar, and yes, you in a way, vote for the economy of the parent nation.
We have lost Plymouth & Oldsmobile in just the last 4 years. Do you know what is left? Eight brands ! Yes just 8.
Cadillac, Buick, Pontiac, Chevrolet, Saturn, Lincoln, Mercury & Ford. = 8
Eight Brands to go up against:-
BMW, Mini, Rolls Royce, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Maybach, Mercedes-Benz, Acura, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mitsubishi, Infiniti, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Lexus, Toyota, Scion, Audi, Bentley, Volkswagon, Suzuki, Ferrari, Lotus, Maserati and Lamborghini.
Somewhat of an uneven playing field, see ? 8 -vs- 28
So, that's how I see it, which happens to be very very much like the way the Japanesse see it over in their homeland, as well as the Germans see it in their homeland and the was the French see it in their homeland. I also think it's downright horrible that in every nation in the world THAT BUILDS CARS, one of their OWN is the #1 seller ... EXCEPT America.
VW in Germany, Renault in France, Toyota in Japan, Kia in So. Korea, Volvo in Sweeden, Fiat in Italy, and what, Toyota in America ?? Shamefull. You are going to be living in America alot longer than I am. Young people of today have an obligation to their offspring (yes, your future child) to have a financially strong & indepandent solid nation for them to thrive in. Not a nation with no product left to manufacture, a terrible financial center (or base) a week economy, closed manufacturing plants, job-less conditions causing even more crime, and totally depleted resources, and a "new World" of foreign dependancey.
That all said & done, no, a new Lexus does zero for me. Would not give it a 2nd look.
But.......I'll fight like heII to protect YOUR right to buy it, because that's we are all about, right ?