Friday, August 01, 2008

Volkswagen or Ford

The recent acquisition of Budweiser by a Belgium Company has resulted in a lot of conversation about the virtue of drinking American beer and buying American products. In the local coverage of the issue, live from Bobby’s Idle Hour Lounge, Todd Milsap, son of country music legend Ronnie Milsap said, "I'm not hip with it. I drink Budweiser, and I don't do foreign beers. I won't even drive a foreign car."

Last week Volkswagen announced they had chosen Chattanooga, Tennessee as the site of their new, one billion dollar, Volkswagen plant. The plant will employee about 2,000 people and will produce about 150,000 cars a year.

Today, there was an article in the paper about the future of Ford Motor Company. Ford recently reported their worst quarterly loss in history. It seems that Americans concerned about high gas prices are not purchasing as many SUV’s and pick-up trucks as the market had previously demaned, so Ford is looking at importing some of its European models to America. Ford plans to construct new plants in America, equipped to build some of its European cars. Two of its models will be built elsewhere: The Ford Fiesta Subcompact will be built in Mexico and imported to the U.S., and the Ford Transit Connect will be built in Turkey.

So, I have a question for Todd Milsap and all you other “buy America” proponents. I am confused and so could you please explain the following: Which is the more "American" car: the Volkswagen built in Chattanooga, Tennessee or the Ford Transit Connect built in Turkey?

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1 comment:

  1. Keep up the great work!

    Although I am worried, I just saw a local News

    report predicting that John McCain will loose his

    home state of Arizona!!!

    CBS 5 News: Will McCain loose Arizona?

    Is this for real??!!