We are in the market for a new car.
As I highlighted last year in a number of posts, lots of “foreign” cars are manufactured here by members of our extended American family. My wife has her eye on a BMW X3, which is manufactured at BMW’s factory in Spartenburg, South Carolina.
I wonder if it was an accident that BMW chose the location it did for its American factory; Spartenburg even sounds like a German town!
I sometimes get comments, when I recommend buying products made in this country by workers who work for a “foreign” company like BMW, that the product I am recommending isn’t really an “American” product. The argument goes that we want to buy products made by firms who are headquartered here in the States, because those firms pay taxes here and the profits stay here. Both those assumptions are increasingly being called into question.
Call me simple, but I just ask myself one question. Is the product I am considering buying manufactured or assembled by members of my extended American family? But you may have a different take on the question. I would love to know. Please leave a comment if you think I am all wet on this question. Leave a comment agreeing with my sound reasoning. Leave a comment stating which team you believe will win the EURO 2012 football championship. But whatever you do, please leave a comment!