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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:59 PM
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Auto turmoil casts cloud over factory jobs
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Edited on Mon Dec-08-08 11:01 PM by DainBramaged
Manufacturing suffers from 'image problem,' eclipsed by white-collar work

Ron Maccari, an assembly worker for General Motors for nearly 30 years, has been angry lately over the negative comments hes heard on TV and read on the Internet about his chosen career.

For weeks, the Big Three U.S. automakers have been on a campaign for a federal bailout, leading the manufacturing industry as a target of public vitriol.

Lawmakers, economists and business executives have joined in the attack

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., called the U.S.-based auto industry a dinosaur. An analysis in The Wall Street Journal titled Just Say No to Detroit by economist David Yermack suggested: We would do better to set this money on fire rather than using it to keep these dying firms on life support. Media mogul Ted Turner, in an interview with NBC's Tom Brokaw, questioned why the country was still trying to keep alive a smokestack industry of the past.

Maccari, who works at the Newport, Del., plant that makes GM's Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice, thinks blue-collar work is getting a bum rap.

If someone is producing something in this country, is making money and has a semi-decent house, we thumb our nose at them, he said. I read what theyre saying on blogs: Let the auto industry die.

Maccari sees a growing movement in the United States to disregard manufacturing, to eliminate it.

Maccaris not alone in his feelings. /

When you worked with your hands it used to be considered fairly important, an honorable occupation,

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