I had a pretty funny encounter with who is otherwise a pretty smart dude, and it occurred to me that there isn't a thread here focused on shutting down those idiots who hide behind 'made in USA' stereotypes. So here it is, lets compile the dialog we've used to ward off those people so that we can all be armed to educate and feel good doing it.
With this guy I've already exhausted my ammunition from the standpoint of our trucks being made in USA with a higher ratio of American parts than most.
I've been sure to include that Toyota has never needed money-grubbing, politician-controlling, bailout-raping unions in the first place
, and thus never ended up losing $3000 per vehicle sold.
And so has never taken tax-dollars ripped from our wallets without consent
, meant to fuel their revival, and turned around and begin plans for a plant in CHINA (GM)
. And Toyota sure as hell wouldn't take tax money from an escrow account set up as part of a government bailout and use it to payoff a $7 billion balance on the ONLY part of the bailout considered to be a LOAN (most is tied up in under performing stocks). And then spend millions more to run an ad campaign, pretty much saying 'Hey! thanks for the second chance America! See? We've already paid off the government bailout loans!', trying to fool the public into thinking everything was square and the bailout was worth it! (GM)
But I grossly digress. I pinpointed a new weakness in the logic of the blindly faithful, observe:
Co-worker: "How do I know any of what you're saying is based on fact?"
Me: "Look it all up, I'll write all my points down for you. Email me some counter-evidence or something."
Co-worker: "I'm not putting legwork into this, I've got better things to do at home."
Me: "Yeah dude, like finger-bang the first fat chick who'll let you at Walmart before you leave every other day."
Co-worker: "You know it, it's why love getting groceries, and I always find one before I leave the parking lot!" (I pray you've picked up on the mood change to sarcasm)
Me: "How often do you really go there? I swear I never remember everything and end up going back throughout the week for little things."
Co-worker: "Oh same here."
Me: "I must put at least $600 a month into that store."
Co-worker: "Try $800, avoid a wife and kids if you like money..."
Me: "Shit, that must be double your truck payment, and it's pretty well known that over %80 of the goods sold there are manufactured overseas. So, lest you be considered a hypocrite, you should probably shut the f_u_c_k up about my Japanese pickup with more American-made parts than you're Chevy that I helped pay to make possible."
The reason I went into detail here is because you have to execute this argument carefully. Your potential victim of irony, might sense where you're going if you just go right into asking him or her where they shop. You need a segue way free of suspicion, extra cool-points if it lightens the mood. And once they admit to regular non-american purchases close to car payment territory, you get to make sh!t powerfully real.
But yeah, I'm very interested in starting a hub for this kind of stuff, maybe even ascending to sticky-thread status. If you have anything to share, be it a funny story or a one-liner, I hope to see it!