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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Buying GM in Janesville

JG excerpt:
On buying GM: I cannot believe these business owners who buy foreign-owned company cars and put their advertisements on them. I don’t know if their brain dead or just plain stupid; but being a GM town (Janesville), I am going to do anything but fraternize their businesses. They need to get with the program.

Rock netroots couldn’t agree more. Even though we have among many of our liberties the freedom to buy anything we choose, there is a time to take a step back and think about the consequences that may result from some of our purchases. For instance, a homeowner neighbor of mine was complaining to me that if the GM plant (in Janesville) were to close, his (our) property values would plummet and we would all lose. Telling me this all the while his shiny new Toyota Highlander sits in the driveway. The hypocrisy was obvious and I couldn’t bring it up without possibly sacrificing our friendship but…….. Is the perceived value really worth it when you live in Rock County? Is the $2,000 potential savings buying the import label car or truck worth the possible $15,000 to $50,000 that your property may lose? I get this feeling that we have sold out our country and there is hardly anything that stands for America anymore. I won’t say what I really think of people who continue to buy import label big ticket items when American alternatives are still available, but I will say this about those who buy American when they can…..Thank You!

JG excerpt rebuttal:
That caller should remember that two foreign companies just might bail out GM so it won't go broke and its workers could continue buying their toys. Think about that the next time you consider criticizing people for buying foreign cars.

Rock netroots: Wow! What came first, the chicken or the egg. We're supposed to be grateful to foreign companies because they see enough value in GM to consider serious investment? Who would think that American consumers would step up to the plate and bail out one of their own by simply buying their product to get past this crisis? Who would think such a thing? Why...that's crazy talk! The subject about buying American never fails to offend some people and I agree that the liberty to buy anything we choose must stand firm. Buy what you like I say, but if there are consequences, be prepared for them.

This debate is really part of the downward spiral we are in as a result of selling out to free trade as opposed to fair trade. It won't be long where unemployment insurance, dogfood and the image of the American flag are the only American things left.

Regardless of the merger rumors, GM needs to start producing EnergyStar cars and trucks....yesterday!

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