Fishing for Better Answers for the Economy

By July 15, 2009Economy, Taxation

NAM President John Engler is in Orlando today, attending and speaking at ICAST, the International Convention of Sportsfishing Trades, or ICAST. has been reporting on the annual trade show — which is doing very well this year in terms of interest and attendance.

ORLANDO — Former governor of Michigan and current president of the National Association of Manufacturing John Engler held up the front page of Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal and read the top headline “Small Business Faces Big Bite.”

“We don’t need any more big bites,” Engler said to a group of 500 industry professionals at the American Sportfishing Association’s annual International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades show industry breakfast Wednesday morning. “We’ve been bitten enough.”

It was an interesting opening for an industry that lives off big bites.

“There’s an opportunity in this economy because the struggles encourage people to get back to the basics,” Engler said. “Fishing is a relatively inexpensive sport that does just that.”

Thanks to the American Sportsfishing Association for inviting the boss. As always, access is a key issue. And isn’t it funny that California is leading the way in putting land and water off limits?

And kudos to, who is at ICAST all week.

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