As it turns out, according to an AP story in today’s Washington Post, “When Americans sit down to Thanksgiving dinner today, health-conscious eaters won’t be the only ones checking how much they eat. The government will be watching, too.”
Seems the Census Bureau keeps track of all kinds of info on all kinds of holidays, including Thanksgiving. For example, says the story, the average American eats 13.7 pounds of turkey and 4.7 pounds of sweet potatoes each year. (Let’s hope that’s not all at one sitting….) On St. Patrick’s Day — another holiday for which stats are kept — the Census folks tell us that the average American drinks 22 gallons of beer a year. For some, on St. Patrick’s Day , it is all at one sitting, of that we’re sure.
In any event, you’ve seen the stories here on the blog this week from the Blogger’s Apprentice about the role manufacturers play in Thanksgiving. We have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving: the best, most productive manufacturers in the world. Manufacturing’s share of the US economy would make us the 8th largest economy in the world. We export as much in a month as all of agriculture exports in a year. We consume two-thirds of all the research and development, are responsible for the majority of patents and generate good, solid incomes (and benefits) for some 14 million people — not including the millions more who depend on them.
This Thanksgiving, as you bow your heads ’round the table, give thanks for all you have, but remember to give thanks for the many bountiful gifts from America’s manufacturers. Without them, we’d have precious little to be thankful for.
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