On EFNET, in the #CARS channel, there was a heated discussion about whether American consumers ought to take into account issues like where a car was built, the percentage of American content, and where R&D dollars are spent. A few guys were quite adamant that the American consumer ought to take these issues into some consideration. They believe that your purchase ought to maximize the benefits to the American people. I think that's an understandable position but it seems to suggest that people in other countries have less moral standing. When you a car assembled in Mexico (or Japan or some European country,) aren't you employing Mexicans? If so, is that so bad? Are Mexicans lesser human beings? My understanding is that most people in other countries are much less well-off than we are. So, why hate on them for wanting to make a living? So, when I make a car purchase, I ignore these types of calculus because it can get quite complicated (ie, what exactly qualifies as an "American" car anyway?) but mostly because of the moral implications. I just buy the best car for the money.