Tuesday, September 23, 2008

UAW Doesn't Discriminate, Why Should McCain?

Watch the Obama ad above blasting McCain for owning three foreign vehicles: a Lexus, a VW and a Honda (identified in the Detroit Free Press as a "2001 Honda sedan"). If it's a 2001 Honda Civic, it was built in East Liberty, Ohio, with higher domestic content (75%) than the Ford Escort (60%), see photo below (source: Dallas Fed):

MP: The 2008 Honda Pilot and Honda Civic are built in the U.S. with a higher domestic content (70%) than the 2008 Dodge Ram (68%).

In a related story about McCain's "foreign cars,"
BusinessWeek reports that "The United Auto Workers, already supporting Obama, really doesn’t like Toyota or its Lexus unit."

MP: Oh, really? On the
UAW's website, it provides information for "consumers who want to purchase vehicles produced by workers who enjoy the benefits and protections of a union contract," and lists the vehicles made in the U.S. by members of the UAW, including the TOYOTA COROLLA and the TOYOTA TACOMA, along with the Mazda 6, Mitsubishi Eclipse, Mitsubishi Galant, Isuzu i-Series Truck, Mazda B-series Truck, and Mitsubishi Raider Truck.

The UAW doesn't discriminate against foreign car companies, why should McCain or you?


At 9/24/2008 12:07 AM, Blogger Ironman said...

From Honda's 2001 press release, announcing their 10,000,000th vehicle assembled in North America (HAM is Honda of America Manufacturing):

"Honda began manufacturing in North America in 1979, producing motorcycles at HAM in Marysville, Ohio using domestic and globally-sourced parts. HAM now employs more than 13,000 associates at four different Ohio facilities - the Marysville Motorcycle Plant, the Marysville Auto Plant, the East Liberty Auto Plant and the Anna Engine Plant.

"With an annual auto production capacity of 670,000 units, HAM now produces the Accord Sedan and Coupe, Civic Sedan, Coupe and Civic GX, Acura TL and Acura CL. To date, HAM has produced almost 8 million Honda and Acura vehicles. Producing more than one million auto engines per year, HAM also provides engines to Honda plants in Canada, Mexico and other nations."

Given that in 2000, 75% of Honda's vehicles sold in America were produced and assembled in North America, it's a pretty likely bet that Senator McCain's 2001 Honda sedan was as well.

As for BusinessWeek's David Kiley, it's a shame that he doesn't seem to know much about the auto industry in North America. How exactly is he qualified to report upon it?

At 9/24/2008 12:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we guess who the blog author is stumping for?

All we need now are a few more comments about why/how the good looking governor from Alaska is the best person to handle the financail crisis on Wall Street.

At 9/24/2008 12:55 AM, Blogger like such as said...

Hm...you don't sound like John Stossel

At 9/24/2008 1:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Nissan Pathfinder was built in Tennessee thirteen years ago. This an old story that has been well ignored.

Of course it works the other way 'round, too. That flag wavingly American Buick might have been made in Canada.

At 9/24/2008 2:35 AM, Blogger David said...

@ "give me a break"

The best person to handle the financial crisis on Wall Street would be the politician who will pledge to do nothing.

At 9/24/2008 6:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad to know Obama hates my wife and I because we chose the car that was the most fuel efficient and safe in its class, while overall being a better monetary value for our needs and tastes.

Using his own (ridiculous) logic, can we also infer that if I'm evil for buying a Nissan Versa that was assembled in Aguas, Mexico...then Obama hates fuel efficiency, safety and getting a good value for ones hard earned money?

At 9/24/2008 8:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The way these two mudsling, it will be a wonder if anyone votes for them in November.

Looks like you have conclusively torpedoed this argument, guys. Just how John McCain's choice in cars affect the future of the country.

We are in the middle of the most serious financial crisis in 80 years and we are talking about McCain's cars?

Good grief. Where did you'all dig up these 2 bookends?

At 9/24/2008 12:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama & McCain both say that they will keep their options open when asked what they would do to address the financial crisis.

Neither of them has the least clue what to do....but then, you don't hear too many economists offering detailed proposals either!


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