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“Buy American” Web Site Rates Cars

America’s Got Product rates automobiles, will add others.

by on Sep.02, 2010

It's all about jobs and profits in the U.S.

What’s claimed to be a unique website is now offering consumers a way to quickly learn what products best support the U.S. economy.

Beginning today, a rating system at is used on every automobile available in the United States. Viewers can see where the model was built, whether or not it has a minimum of 50% American parts, or whether or not the company has domestic headquarters.

A four-star rating system is used at AGP that identifies what it claims is the financial footprint that each purchase leaves on the American economy. Starting with a report on the automotive industry, AGP rates the impact of each car model sold – both offshore and domestically produced.

The ratings at first glance appear to have some validity, and will no doubt be controversial, particularly among brands that are acting in a what critics claim is a predatory way to protect jobs in their home countries while selling here. For example, in awarding stars, the site says Audi a rates a zero. Other models from international brands rate mixed reviews.

The U.S. is alone among industrial economies – run by either  democracies or totalitarian governments – in lacking an industrial policy that protects jobs and keeps its balance of trade in check. (more…)