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Cooper Tire Keeps the USA Rolling
Our Buy American Mention of the Week!
by Roger Simmermaker
January 11, 2002

If you are searching for an All-American company that makes everything it sells to the U.S. market with U.S. workers, look no further than Cooper Tire. Cooper, along with Goodyear, is one of the two remaining American tire companies left. Yes, I know, foreign companies like Firestone and Michelin make tires in the United States, but the profits they make go back to Japan in the case of Firestone and back to France in the case of Michelin. And, of course, the taxes on those profits are paid to foreign governments, not our own. Any patriotic American should be concerned about profits and taxes taking flight out of the country. Why? Because taxes pay for things like national security, national defense, the military, the War on Terrorism in Afghanistan, etc.

Pat Choate, author of "Agents of Influence" and former vice-presidential candidate, notes that we lose at least $30 billion a year by supporting foreign-owned companies instead of American-owned companies. And that includes, mind you, companies that produce here in the United States. In short, foreign companies pay little or no taxes to America!

Fortunately, Cooper makes their automobile tires (and belts and hoses, etc.) in the United States, and is also an American owned company. Still, they ship their American-made tires to over 100 countries around the globe, and are ranks the ninth-largest tire maker in the world. I'll bet that if more Americans knew how dedicated this American company is to employing their own people, that rank would be higher. So it is my hope you will pass this email along to your patriotic friends and support the American company that supports you - Cooper!


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