As we all know, America was created based on capitalism (competition). The only stuff we should buy are quality products at the lowest price. So, if Honda makes the best compact car now... we should buy one now. This gives incentive for competitors to create a better compact car to beat the competition. Its not any more complicated than that!
And that is exactly why our jobs get cut, shifted to foreigners overseas and so on. Because people are more interested in getting things cheap rather than a quality product made with skilled workers. I don't see how you can have both at the same time. If it's quality it's going to cost more, if it's cheap someone has cut corners somewhere either at the expense of the worker, or the final product.
I know as I used to work for a supplier to the big 3 for a number of years. All the jobs the company got they got because they were the lowest bidder and had the shortest deadline. I can't tell you how many times we got told that bad parts were considered passed simply to make a deadline even though our line had not yet had the bugs worked out of it. In my complaining that it was against the QC specs I got told by a lead, a supervisor and the dept head that I was going to pass it or lose my job because the receiving company could later sort out the bad ones and send them back, but that our company would have technically made the deadline. I'm talking about major vehicle components that could cause a catastrophe if they were passed and put into production by the receiving company in the name of a deadline or price. Attitudes like those are what take the joy out of pride of workmanship.
Do you still want cheaper and cheaper products?