Best article I have read in a long time about US manufacturing! Why most people think US manufacturing is dead is because of the "Wal-Mart Factor," something I am personally guilty of many times myself. But read this article and you will see we are still the manufacturing kings. I still think more things need to be done to increase manufacturing stateside, such as the fair tax, but things aren't as bleak as they appear or as Sealybobo who nevertheless state in this thread. In fact if we did what many of the left state and shift to protectionism then we would be hit hard by it. I'm I blind that the manufacturing sector in America has taken a hit. No! However, the manufacturing sector worldwide has taken a huge hit because of the world recession, including China. The myth of US industry's demise - MSN Money Key Highlights of the Article Here is the perception: The largest world producer is American over 1/5 of the worlds goods are produced here. That is a heck of a lot larger than China who is a little over 1/10, which another high wage country, Japan, right on their backs (funny how the 2 countries economies we built up after WW II are 3 and 4 respectfully on the list. Where Chinese manufacturing growth has come from! Here's other evidence of the strength of the U.S. manufacturing base: Yep there are some cold hard realities we need to embrace also! If the U.S. is still the world's greatest producer, why do so many people have a different perception? The Key Behind US Manufacturing Strengthen Why do so many U.S. companies still make so much stuff on their home turf when cheap labor beckons abroad? The 3 advantage of being state side! I by no means say that our manufacturing sector is not in trouble and the US government should not do something to strenghten it. I also don't think we should just concede small manufacturing goods to China, India and Mexico. Rather I think we need to create incentives like relaxing counter-productive regulations, reducing the corporate tax, reducing the payroll tax, reducing taxes in general (actually I in favor of elimating the corporate, income, payroll and capital gains tax and replacing it with the fair tax) etc. However things are not as bad as they seem!