umm fords and other "american" cars are not as made in america as they would have you believe
"Ford has major manufacturing operations in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany, Turkey, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, the People's Republic of China, and several other countries, including South Africa where, following divestment during apartheid, it once again has a wholly owned subsidiary. Ford also has a cooperative agreement with Russian automaker GAZ."
i'm sure a little more research will find that the other "American" car companies are not made in America either
meanwhile nissan has major manufaturing facilities in the U.S.
"Nissan North America - U.S. Manufacturing
Nissan has three production plants in the United States - in Smyrna and Decherd, Tennessee, and Canton, Mississippi. Production at Nissan's Smyrna Plant began in June 1983. The vehicle assembly plant has an annual production capacity of 550,000 vehicles and represents a capital investment of $2.5 billion. The plant produces the Nissan Altima, Nissan Maxima, Nissan Xterra, Nissan Frontier and Nissan Pathfinder.
The vehicle assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi, began producing vehicles in May 2003. The $1.4 billion plant now produces the Nissan Altima, Nissan Quest, Nissan Armada, Nissan Titan and Infiniti QX56. The plant has an annual production capacity of 400,000 vehicles.
Nissan's powertrain assembly plant in Decherd, Tennessee, began production in May 1997. Today the plant manufactures all the engines for the complete lineup of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles produced in the U.S. The plant also forges crankshafts, and cylinder block casting operations will begin in the spring of 2008."
I get tired of hearing "american" car manufacturers complain about american made when what they mean to say is american owned which means the profits go into trust funds and the workers wages go to other countries. of course with the global economy its not that simple but something to think about
screw the signing bonus I want one of those shiny gold stars. seriously though a webpage that list medal recipients is a good idea, looks like there are some third party sites http://www.homeofheroes.com/verify/index.html but no official ones and that's a shame
you do, have you ever had an alarm system after the police respond more than a certain amount of times they start charging you the same goes for extra security if you want your interest to have extra protected you have to pay the police or hire them off duty at least that is how it operates in North Carolina. the point if you want extra police protection you have to pay for it or you get the normal 45 minute response time and after the fact clean up that everyone else gets
personally I find the whole concept of anti-competition extremely humorous, I just feel like the world is ignoring the lessons that it should have learned from the cold war. there is a very good documentary on patented seed on the American corn industry called king corn it is very scary stuff.
I don't think i have ever heard an example of democracy described so well or so succinctly, as long as all the industry groups are kept talking and no one is killing anyone everyone can pretty much do what they want and not worry about being thrown in jail or charged in a court of law for trivial matters. but then again it seems like the goal of every interest group is to make it a crime to violate their interest.