The troubled state of U.S. manufacturing doesn't get much attention as we move towards the November election, but the Alliance for American Manufacturing came up with a clever way to get people to listen.
Mailman Cliff Clavin from Cheers is delivering its message, that America need manufacturing. John Ratzenberger has been touring the U.S., asking people to press politicians to do something to rebuild the manufacturing infrastructure. Part of the pitch addresses globalism, asking politicians "to enforce trade laws and hold cheating countries like China."
Politicians aren't getting the message, but Ratzenberger has at least gotten media attention as he warns that an "industrial tsunami" threatens the U.S. The Chicago Tribune business section recently put him on its front page, and appearances throughout the country have also carried the message beyond the reach of trade publications.
Rebuilding, or even retaining, the American infrastructure isn't an easy thing to do. But three cheers for Ratzenberger and AAM for putting pressure on politicians. Without efforts to call attention to manufacturing, there's little doubt that politicos will dodge this critical issue.