Should Uncle Sam Help Domestic Manufacturers?

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USNews.com: Opinion: Capital Commerce: : Should Uncle Sam Help Domestic Manufacturers?

Here's a US News & World Report online piece that mentions our lean friend Kevin Meyer, of the Superfactory website and the Evolving Excellence Blog (where Bill Waddell also thinks Jack Welch is turkey).

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3 Comments
  1. JB says

    M.E.P.

    That means My Government Over-Extending itself to Put me out of business using my tax dollars.

    It’s welfare for busninesses that competes with private sector service providers.

    There is a ground-swell of Lean professionals losing work to the MEP’s that are investigating a Class-action suit against the government.

  2. Dan says

    Most MEP’s actually use external small-time consultants. Not sure what the point of a lawsuit would be anyway if funding is being slashed. The situation, if there was one in the first place, would resolve itself.
    -DN

  3. JB says

    Hi Dan,

    Having spoken with quite a number of different people who are full-time employees or full-time contract employees of MEP’s I beg to differ with you on this point.

    Not to mention the fact that subsidies allow them to charge half of my normal rates and advertise on a scale I cannot begin to comprehend.

    I’m not sure what you do for a living, but when the US government begins competing directly with you and literally stealing clients away from you, you may see things a bit differently.

    Describing some of what has happened to me personally through MEP’s and the business I actually lost to them, would take too much time for this forum.

    There is a problem here that is only getting bigger from where I’m standing. I’d bet my left arm the funding will show up as well.

    All the Best,

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