Monday, July 13, 2009

Awesome Read of the Weekend

You have to read the whole thing, Driftglass gives the best read over the weekend:

I’m sure it will come as a shock to the 2,800 Arizonans who work in the small business of auto body and repair business that their Senator thinks the existence of companies like GM and Chrysler don’t have anything to do with the fact that they have jobs.

I would imagine Arizona’s 311 auto glass installers would also be pretty stunned by Senator McSame’s defiantly ignorant and ideologically-blinkered 18th century grasp of the 21st century economic networks that make their jobs possible. As would Arizona’s 15,547 automotive service technicians and mechanics. The thousands who make their living as bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists. The thousands more who work as welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers. The 3,700 Arizona voters who keep a roof over their head working as machinists The machine setters, operators, and tenders. The 28,000 Grand Canyon Staters who go out every day and try to make their mortgage selling the machines that the specialists use.

In one, cavalier paragraph, Senator McSame also manages to forget about the hundreds of thousands of hardworking Americans nationwide who are directly employed by the auto industry, the millions of parts makers and suppliers the industry employs indirectly:
In the world’s biggest auto market, United States employs more than 8,50,000 people were employed in the manufacturing sector till the end of 2008.
and the tens of millions of our fellow citizens who have jobs because the machinist or punch press operator down the street has enough dough in his or her pocket to eat out, take in a show, take a cab and buy their kid a bicycle.

Or vacation in the Grand Canyon State.

This is why blogging matters because those on the inside just don't get it.

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