I don't think it's a surprise to anyone that many US cars - GM, Ford, that is - are made in countries other than the United States. Yes - General Motors imports cars made in other countries to us here. And these cars aren't built in just our neighbors to the North and South. Increasingly, they are made in the Far East - China, Korea. In fact, GM will be INCREASING the number of GM models manufactured in China over the next 5 years, moving manufacturing of another 50,000 - or 1% - of their total line there.
I know I expected, and I assume you did as well, that when GM took our money in the form of a government bailout earlier this year, that money would go to preserving jobs for Americans, not to create new jobs in China.
"GM is getting funding from U.S. taxpayers to help save the company," Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said. "Taxpayers deserve more than Chinese imports in return. Taxpayer funds should be used to build the next generation of fuel-efficient vehicles in the U.S., not abroad. This is about creating jobs and rebuilding our economy."
This chart - supplied to the Washington Post by GM - shows that the percentage of GM cars built in China, South Korea, and Mexico will double by 2014.
As Detroit dies, becoming practically a third world country of poverty, how could GM in good conscience lay off US workers and ship those jobs overseas, with the tax money supplied by the workers they fired?