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    helfenburg

    I've been in the Mfg sector since 1984.  A lot has disappreared.  I recall debating the importance of this sector with a Yuppie back in the late 80's.  His point was that it didn't matter as the US was moving to a 'new' economy.  My point was then and remains now that the Mfg sector forms the foundation of the middle class.  When a country loses the ability to mfg most of it's own goods it's pretty much down hill.  I'm in the medical device sector so I've been pretty much untouched until 6-weeks ago when I got laid off.

    •  And the fact that programs that should help the (0+ / 0-)

      workers who find themselves out of jobs transition to the "new economy" tells us that the trade agreements that enabled this wholesale shipping of American manufacturing overseas is beyond inadequate.

      Viz today's free-trade agreement with Columbia.

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