(Feb. 27, 2009) — If Americans are now being asked to bail out businesses, then maybe we have to start measuring consumer value from a total cost perspective as a U.S. taxpayer.
I would like to see a full analysis and comparison of the money that goes into making a Toyota Camry and a Chevy Impala LS. The cars are now comparable on quality and performance. Maybe just maybe the Chevy costs less than the Camry when every American who had a hand in making the vehicles is counted.
I want to see how the American-made Camry stacks up to the American-made Chevy not on car performance, but on economy performance. Not gas mileage, but the money trail that creates the economy that makes the cars happen.
I believe that car manufacturing should include the entire infrastructure of companies and employees that make the car possible. For example, not only what taxes are paid by Toyota and Chevy for the two cars at the manufacturing site, but also, who supplies all of the parts, down to the steel and tires? What company makes them? Where are they employed? Are the suppliers U.S. or Japanese companies or Canadian or Mexican? Not just their corporate names, but who owns the companies? Are they American-owned, publicly owned, or from somewhere else other than the United States? What taxes do these companies pay? What taxes and benefits do the employees who work at these factories pay and get?
How many Americans does it take to make a Camry or a Chevy I mean not just car assembly, but the radio, the tires, the printed circuit boards, the harness wires, batteries, spark plugs, bumpers, molded parts, the paint, the carpeting, the leather, etc.
We really should know the total cost to the American taxpayer/ consumer.
Kenrich Petrochemicals Inc.