Via the LA Times Germany has the economic strengths America once boasted Via the NYTApple, America and a squeezed Middle Class FoxConn did it. The article also goes on about Corning and how they've moved their production to Asia not because it's necessarily cheaper, but because that's where all their customers are. Two things struck me here. The rise of consumerism. The lack of pride in America by CEOs. Since the end of the equally turbulent 60s, Germany's path has mostly followed the one labeled "Pragmatic", while the US' has followed the one labeled "Greed". Germany had a lot of problems in the 60s and the 70s but rather than turn into some kind of religious hell and CEO paradise, they became in many ways a worker's paradise. Ironic isn't it? The 4th largest economy in the world is also one that mostly thinks of its employees before its CEOs. Obviously, the US could have followed the same path that Germany did and become a pre eminent manufacturer of all things "i". Reagan took us down the path greed instead. Is it too late?