You seem to be willing to bend your definition of ‘made in America’ to fit your own argument. There’s no imaginary line that separates food and non-food products. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bought “American beef” or “American potatoes”, signifying that they were raise/grown in America. Furthermore, the post didn’t say “10 American things that are not made in America”, it said “10 American things that are not American.” That’s a huge difference. So your crusade is misdirected. GM is an American company no matter where their cars are made. Its headquarters is in America, and its income comes through, and is taxed by, America.
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I’m not “bending my definition,” I’m using the same definition I’ve seen used by almost everyone my entire life. It doesn’t make sense to use “made in America” to define food as America. I can probably make falafel, that doesn’t make it an American food. Since food is something that any person can make, anywhere in the world, it needs to be defined by where it comes from originally. It can also be defined as a traditional food of whatever country, in which case apple pie is kind of American I guess (though I would say pumpkin pie is more American), but I’m so used to seeing “this food isn’t as American as you think” lists that I automatically go for where it comes from. Also, beef and potatoes are not the same as pie, in that someone invented pie. No one invented cows and potatoes. If pie grew in the ground, you could harvest American pie or English pie too. If Germans had invented the cow, beef would be German. I don’t know how you figure I have any sort of “crusade” just because I define “American-made” as “made in America.” It’s a pretty obvious definition. Yes, GM is an American company, but the cars are not and cannot be considered American products if they are not made in America. Again, we pay import fees for all products manufactured overseas. And it’s silly to use where they get their income to define what country they belong to. Most companies get their income from all over the world. You could potentially use the country they make the most money from, but I bet there are plenty of instances where it doesn’t match up with where the company’s headquarters are. At any rate, if you haven’t noticed, there has been a pretty big emphasis on American-made products lately. A few months ago, they did a thing on the news where they asked people to take every non-American-made product out of their house, to demonstrate how that’s basically, well, everything. They then encouraged everyone to go out and buy just one American-made product and said that if everyone in the country did that, it would create x amount of jobs (don’t remember the number). I don’t really pay that much attention to where the things I buy are made. I’m not on any sort of crusade, like you seem to think. I just feel it’s necessary to point out that we consider certain things to be American or not American for a reason, and if you want to tell all the former GM workers that the cars are still American even though they’re made overseas, you get right on that. I don’t imagine they’ll approve. (GM isn’t the best example, because they do still have some American plants, but a lot of companies have nothing but office space here.) And that last bit there is what I’m really talking about. Not a single Apple product is manufactured in the US (as far as I know). Yeah, the CEOs have offices here, and the developers plan things here, but everything else is done in China. That pretty much makes it not American, by definition. You know, on account of how it’s from China…