The insurance company has not weighed in yet, but we’ve decided to get a new car. We have to ask ourselves the question, should we make an effort to buy American?
Normally I don’t consider this issue. I buy what is best for me without regards to the country of origin. I am a believer in free markets, and that is the appropriate free market decision. Yet there are other considerations, for example:
1. Green. Should I consider whether something is good for the environment? This applies to both the product itself and to how it is made. I consider this when I buy light bulbs.
2. Morality. Should I consider things like child labor and oppressive regimes? Years ago Nike got hit on this one.
3. Local economics. Should I consider whether it gives jobs to jurisdictions I care about?
Our requirements are not high and our purses are sufficiently deep that we have some choice. We are asking ourselves if this should be a consideration.