Journal 2: Car Criteria
Criteria are the principles or standards by which something may be judged or decided. Examples of criteria are the ages to be able to drink and smoke, what makes a language foreign, and what can be labeled American-made. Almost anything concerning criteria has multiple viewpoints and can be defended from any side.
An issue that has conflicting criteria is; if a Honda is assembled in Ohio is or is it not an American-made vehicle. There are many different viewpoints of this issue any many opinionated responses. Honda Motor Company is a Japanese corporation that was founded in 1948 and has become the largest motorcycle manufacturer since 1959. Honda also made its way up the automobile manufacturing industry and is now among the top ten largest manufacturers in the world. So now to the issue of a Honda being assembled in Ohio. Since Honda is Japanese and it is being assembled in America does that change its origin and make it an American-made vehicle? Some say yes and others say no, but the place of assembly is irrelevant to the situation of the car being American-made. This is because the parts of the car are still shipped overseas to the assembly factory, which would still make the car Japanese and not American-made. Also since Honda is a Japanese owned company the profits made off these vehicles goes back to Japan. Honda and numerous other foreign automobile manufacturers have assembly facilities all over the United States and Canada.
However another argument comes into play when the American-made title can be given to a car by the numbered percent of the vehicles parts that are assembled together. This means that the American-made name is given to cars that are majority made in America. All cars have parts that are made in other countries from around the world but as long as a majority of the parts come from North America, which is the United States and Canada, then it is American-made. Statistics say that Honda and Toyota...