Here is an interesting article in The New York Times with some statistics showing manufacturing is leading the recovery. Seems to be the same with recently announced unemployment numbers declining. Its analysis is that neither side of the political spectrum in the US is happy. The Democrats still want to pass more stimulation and the Republicans don’t want to give Obama credit. That’s probably too simplistic (since a Republican senator is holding out right now trying to get more Federal money into his state–getting a slice of the Federal pie knows no political boundaries), but contains much truth. Anyway, here’s a rare shout out to manufacturing.