The last major GE factory making light bulbs in the US is closing later this month. WAPO has that story. It’s a metaphor for how US national policy has encouraged the shift of manufacturing jobs outside US borders to cut costs and maximize corporate profits. It also illustrates how our federal policy has neglected to encourage research, development, and manufacturing in green technology. Here is a piece from 2007 on the loss of manufacturing jobs. That’s before the housing bubble burst and things took a really bad turn.
This last US GE plant in Winchester VA makes incandescent bulbs. The future is not in incandescent bulbs. Heck, the present should not be in incandescent bulbs. Here’s a link to a piece on compact fluorescents I did a few years ago.
I think US manufacturing is predominantly war materials. I think that may not be best choice.
Another interesting story. The NYT and everybody has this one I think. Richard Daley is not going to run for re-election for Mayor of Chicago.
Mayor of Chicago? is that a emphemism? Rahm Emanuel is interested in the job. I say make Rahm produce his birth certificate first.