Frieda & Herb go in search of an ‘American’ car

Greetings from the Ridge.

“Freida, we’re gonna buy American and that settles it!”

Those were the words of the immortal Herb Crump as we lit out car shopping last week. “I’ve had it with the imports, Freida. It’s an American car or we’re buyin’ a horse!” Although the very thought of my husband trying to crawl onto a horse in his dilapidated condition was tempting, I nodded my head and went along with him like I had good sense.

President Trump has declared that imported autos and parts are a threat to national security. Canada has apparently become a menace. He’s asked Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to investigate slapping tariffs on anything on wheels that might be considered “foreign,” and Herb happily climbed onto the tariff bandwagon as we took off on our America First shopping spree.

“Herb, we’re driving a Nissan and before that we had a Honda. Do you mean to tell me that those cars were a threat to our national security? Did they have secret recording devices hidden in the windshield wipers? Did I go all that time without noticing those three Russian spies in our trunk?”

“You’re missing the point, Freida. This hoard of foreign cars hurts our economy and that means fewer sales of U.S. cars which means less tax coming into the government coffers which means less money to spend on defense. You’ve got to think these things through.” &nbsp;&nbsp;<ahref=""><spanstyl... 13px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.</span></a></p>