Report from America: Atlanta

By November 17, 2005Report from America

Report from AmericaYesterday found the blogger-in-chief bloviating in Atlanta, Georgia. What was really funny was that the speech was at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center. We were expecting Lou Dobbs to come running around the corner any minute, red-faced with a round-house aimed at the blogger-in-chief. We escaped without a scrape, as it turns out.

We were invited to speak to the Construction Chemicals Outlook meeting, sponsored by Chemical Week magazine. (Being from NJ, the blogger-in-chief has a special affinity for chemicals.) We gave the standard manufacturing speech — although with more of an emphasis on energy these days — to a room of engineers and manufacturers. Interesting questions, the stuff on manufacturers’ minds: soaring energy costs, (of course), health care, the future of unions, asbestos legislation and — our favorite — how will manufacturers fare under a Governor Corzine in New Jersey. As Senator, Corzine had a whopping 9% manufacturing vote rating (that would be out of a possible 100 for those of you who aren’t familiar with the “%” symbol) in the last Congress. Beware, New Jersey manufacturers.

In any event, thanks to Sarah Ashmore and the nice people from Chemical Week who put this thing together and who were kind enough to invite us. Here is a copy of the slides from yesterday.