We couldn't have said it better ourselves.
Ahead of tonight's "Keep it Made in America" town hall meeting in Asheville, NC, the Asheville Citizen Times trumpted a top-notch editorial. Headlined "Manufacturing needs to make comeback in WNC," the piece summarized America's current problem perfectly: "Good news. Problem is, there simply isn't enough of it on the manufacturing jobs front."
The article observes that western North Carolina has faced some tough times of late:
"From 1998 to 2008, manufacturing across the country, state and here in WNC sustained staggering losses. In the 23 westernmost North Carolina counties during that time frame, 225 manufacturers and 51,740 manufacturing jobs vanished, as did nearly a billion dollars in wages."
The editorial closes with a very succinct observation:
"A nation that loses its ability to manufacture is a nation that loses both its job security and its national security. And as to our current economic crisis, we can't expect a recovery without jobs."
So, congrats to Jim Buchanan and the Asheville Citizen Times on an excellent piece that captures the hope of a large majority of voters-- that we need to rebuild the U.S. manufacturing base if we're going to rebuild our economy.
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