by Jim Hightower
For years, Chevrolet has advertised
its cars and trucks as the very essence of the American way of life,
and its latest multimillion-dollar blitz of TV ads tells us that the
newest Chevrolets are nothing less than "An American Revolution."
Well you can stick a feather in my cap and call it macaroni,
but wrapping your corporation in the red, white and blue doesn't make
it a true blue Yankee Doodle Dandy. Check out Chevy's Equinox, for
example, a new SUV that's a central feature of the company's current
star-spangled ad campaign. Chevrolet doesn't want you to know it,
but there's not much that's American in the Equinox it's assembled
in Canada, its transmission is made in Japan, and well, here's
something revolutionary its engine is made in China!
While General Motors has been shutting down its auto
plants in Michigan, Maryland and Ohio, it has been quietly investing
more than a billion dollars in joint ventures with China's ruling
elite to make cars and car parts there for export back here to the
USA. The Equinox engine, made in China through GM's 50-50 joint venture
with the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, is produced by
the lowest paid autoworkers in the world. To fatten it's profits,
GM has entered into this diabolical partnership with a brutal regime
that dictatorially represses workers' wages, outlaws independent labor
unions, and routinely imprisons those who complain, protest or try
GM seems shy about this Chinese connection, however,
for it doesn't bother to mention Equinox's Chinese engine in any of
its extensive promotional material. Also, if you check under the hood,
you won't find a made-in-China sticker on the engine itself. Indeed,
it's been reported that at some auto shows, GM has even been removing
the country-of-origin labels from the windows of its vehicles, in
apparent violation of the American Automotive Labeling Act.
GM's Equinox isn't revolutionary...it's revolting.
Jim Hightower is the best-selling author of Lets Stop Beating Around the Bush, on sale from Viking Press. For more information, visit www.jimhightower.com.
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