A guy I know, George Keremedjiev, wrote this in the latest Metalforming Magazine. The entire article is much longer, and you really should read it, but I can’t quote the whole article here. But the core paragraph is reproduced here.
America does not like to make things anymore. We, as a people, have for the most part lost that wonderful essence at our core called manufacturing.We seem only to want to make money without doing the hard work. And if we can make money faster by eliminating manufacturing from our national experience completely, so be it. Consequently, we no longer grow manufacturing companies through investments in skills and technology; we simply cut costs.