Al Brogdon of Damascus raises a question that has not yet been publicly discussed.
If the importation of automobiles made overseas is restricted, will cars made abroad by General Motors, Ford and Chrysler be included or exempted?
The manufacturers could argue that cars brought to this country from their own foreign factories are not foreign cars, they are American cars, and our government shouldn't meddle in private enterprise.
Members of the United Auto Workers would likely take the opposite position and argue that our government owes no special favors to firms that shut down American plants and move their manufacturing to foreign soil.
Souldn't a government that is concerned about the welfare of large manufacturers be equally concerned about the men and women who once worked for those manufacturers?
The rebuttal from auto makers might be, "But American workers demanded such high wages and benefits they priced themselves out of the market. We had no choice but to move our manufacturing facilities to foreign countries." And the unions will counter. "Do you want to reduce the American standard of living to that which prevails in countries with cheap labor?"
Few among us expressed concern when American industry first began to transfer its manufacturing to foreign countries. Not until the U.S. television industry closed almost all its plants in this country and began making "American" TV sets in Japan was there so much as a minor protest.
Today the trend is well established. Even "American" cars are made abroad, but we haven't figured out yet how we ought to define the term "foreign car." One of these days we may get our act together.