Saturday, October 24, 2009


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DaveInHackensack reminds us that the U.S. is still the world's largest manufacturer.

Girls behaving badly.


Kirt33 said...

the U.S. is still the world's largest manufacturer.

I do find that interesting. Now, my experience is a bit different because I am in Canada, which has always been more about natural resources than about manufacturing, but the sort of blue collar 'factory worker experience' that you might see on a documentary or read about is something that I've never had experience of in real life. Nobody where I grew up worked in manufacturing.

And, I'm surprised that China isn't #1 in this by now. Don't they make everything these days? I'd be interested to see side-by-side lists of the sorts of things that are made in China vs. the sorts of things that are still made in the US.

(Cars? Yeah, I wouldn't buy a Chinese-made car, I guess.)

trumwill said...

I am also surprised that we haven't been at least passed by China, though I have long believed that the alleged demise of American manufacturing has been exaggerated. This is probably not unrelated to my experience working in an industrial park long on manufacturing warehouses.

PeterW said...

A lot of Chinese manufacturing is assembling components manufactured elsewhere, and then reexporting the final product. It's pretty low value-added work, most of the profits are captured (for example) by people manufacturing the chips (like Japan) and marketing the computer (like the US.)

So if you look at the absolute value of things being exported, sure, it looks like China's exporting a $800 PC. But in fact its share of that value is very low, hence the discrepancy.

Kirt33 said...

Yeah, that brings up something else I was thinking: when they say the US still manufactures a lot of stuff, they're talking in terms of dollar value produced, right? I'm not sure that's a good measure of the sort of thing I'm interested in knowing. I'd rather hear what percentage of the labour force is employed in manufacturing, or a comparison of what percentage of household items are manufactured in China vs. in the US.

newt0311 said...

Wow. The bias in that new story on the girl is insane.

a prosecutor portrayed her as a cold-hearted gangster.

Note: a prosecutor random dude with no connection. Vs. Mary Drawbaugh.

portrayed even when there is significant (by the story's own admission) that there is significant evidence in support of this portrayal. Compare to "she maintains she never meant for him to be killed. "

Thats just the tip of the iceberg.