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  •  I am old enough to remember crappy USA cars (9+ / 0-)

    Which is why people started buying VWs and Toyotas and Hondas unless they lived next door to a UAW member. In the 1970s and 1980s, it didn't seem that the companies, or, for that matter, the workers cared if the car was any good. Not just gas mileage or performance, but repair all the time.

    Now the USA has pretty much caught up to Japan in cars. My new clothes dryer: made in USA. The Chinese-built model it replaced lasted less than 10 years. Kossacks will probably pay a price premium for American goods out of patriotism, but most people won't buy a repair-prone piece of junk as soon as the reputation of a more expensive competitor gets established. If the USA can compete on quality, it's a great day.

    This is just as true in service industries. You probably know that when the offshore call center is stuck (their little script didn't fix your software problem), you get escalated to a North American engineer. (Not necessarily USA, I once got connected to a top-notch Hewlett Packard printer tech in P.E.I. of all places.)

    And I'm driving an American car. A Volt. Better than a Prius.

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