Manufacturing Monday: Week of 12.28.2008

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Greetings folks, I hope your holiday season is going well.  In case you were wondering, there was no Manufacturing update last week, family and health related issues.  This week will be kinda short, my apologies, but I wanted to cut some of the gloom and doom for the holiday season.  We got stuff on solar energy, a new grant system for electric car innovation, milestones on wind, and something for the kids!  But as always, we hit our first section...

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Manufacturing Monday: Week of 12.15.08

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My oh my, what an interesting week, and I don't mean that in a good way.  From our trade deficit to our automakers on the brink of joining our domestic consumer electronics firms, things aren't looking all that swell.  The latest indicators are showing, at least for November, what has been on everyone's mind, the economy.  Some are saying, though that things will pick up, that the recession began a year ago and we'll come through it by 2009.  We'll see, when the average worker is able to stop worrying not just about making rent or that mortgage payment, but also putting food on the table, then I'll agree.  Globally, like the United States, things for now look dim.  And like I said, the figures show it...which leads us to the Numbers!

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Manufacturing Tuesday: Week of 12.08.08

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Damn, talk about a pretty intense week!  The auto sector looks like it just...just might get saved.  Still, it looks as if the issue of over capacity is being looked on, which means job cuts.  Sadly, that seems to be the theme of this week's manufacturing update. Well actually there is something on health care...think of it as "nyceve lite". They say it gets darkest before the light, well this must be a long tunnel then.  ISM is saying that '09 will suck as bad as 2008.  Well before I dispense with the unfortunates, it's time for the Numbers!

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Hit Me Congress, One More Time: Bailing Out the Auto Industry

As distasteful as it seems, the taxpoayers must bail out the Big 3 automakers, not because of incompetence by Management, but because failure to do so will affect the workers, and throw the U.S. into a deeper Recession.

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Banks, Cars, Class wars, frustrations, and petty politics

Amazing, simply amazing.  For the past two days I've been watching these hearings on the automakers, and find myself more aghast than anything else.  Actually, it's more than that.  I think I've had this almost sickening feeling, a feeling where anger is meshed in with a humiliation and sadness.  It isn't just the automakers that has been the cause of this, but that they symbolize how far we've fallen.

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