I hear this argument all the time, that in order to help the economy recover we need to buy American products, especially cars. This is bullshit for a number of reasons. One is due to the fact that we live in a global economy almost anything you buy or use has at least one foreign part to it. For example, your car, while it is assmbled in America making it techincally "Made in America", might actually be using car parts from China, or electronics from Japan, etc. The same can be said of any product. Furthermore, buying sensibly IE saving money in a recession can do the economy loads more good than buying American, because when you save money by buying a cheaper and more efficient product (not true of all products, but many foreign products are superior to their American counterparts) you can spend that money into the economy, or invest it into a bank which in turn loans that out to a small business. Thirdly, buyign "foreign" can directly affect your local economy. For example, if you bought a Nissan or a Mercedes-Benz car, you would actually be buying American labor because these "foreign" companies have actually opened shop in the United States. Thanks to the wonders of globalism, even though you might not think it, by being a smart and aware consumer you're actually helping out your country, regardless of what sorts of products you buy.