American Machinist

Serve or lead the way? (Letters).

I COULD NOT AGREE MORE WITH YOUR DECEMBER EDITORIAL ("Now is not the time to take a wait-and-see attitude," p. 10). Wait for what, the knock on the door that brings the news that your job is going overseas?

As manufacturers, we can only turn this around by becoming activists. What's at stake here? How about the economic well being of the country--and nothing less. Let's look at a quick comparison between the touted "service economy" and a manufacturing-based economy.

In a service-based economy, you mow my lawn, and I pay you for your services. One taxable income. End of revenue stream.

In a manufacturing economy, someone digs ore out of the ground and sells it. …

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