November 27, 2008

TWO PRETTY OBVIOUS PROBLEMS....:

'Made in America' must make a comeback: There is value in working with your hands. (Paul Sedan, November 28, 2008, CS Monitor)

It used to be that we made a lot of stuff: televisions, clothes, washing machines, radios, typewriters, shoes, telephones, and furniture. And we also used to make the stuff out of which stuff was made: steel, aluminum, plastic, rubber, glass, and electrical components. Today that's largely made overseas. They send us their stuff and we send them our money.

It also used to be that Americans liked to make stuff. Think of all the things Thomas Edison invented. Or consider Henry Ford, who made the car affordable, perfected the assembly line, and paid workers a decent wage. Countless others, such as my grandfather, worked as toolmakers and machinists because they liked to work with their hands. Today we rely on people around the world to do that innovation for us.


...are that Henry Ford didn't work on his own assembly line and the guys who do don't innovate. What would be useful is to honor skilled trades as entirely worthy alternatives, often superior, to college.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 27, 2008 9:38 AM
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