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Contemplating Open Borders

One of the objectives of my starting this blog was to share with people like you just a touch of what I’ve learned in a lifetime in manufacturing and decades spent running my own company. But you know what? A funny thing happened on my way to all that teaching. I started learning. A lot. Like […]

The Wisdom of the Marketplace

I understand as well as anyone the impulsive, almost instinctive desire to want to use government – in the form or tariffs, import restrictions, subsidies, legislation, etc. – to try to limit the impact of cheap (and often subsidized) foreign competition and the incursion of (often below market-value) offshore products. But time and time again, […]

An Open Letter to Jay Timmons, President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers

Dear Mr. Timmons: I was recently finished a story in the New Republic detailing GOP resistance to the Obama Administration’s ongoing attempt to fund new science and technology research – and by extension, new product innovation.  And what disturbed me – beyond the absurd idea of stifling innovation in the interest of politics – was […]