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5 Myths about U.S. Economy via Yahoo! Finance

Is the U.S. Economy as weak as we think it is? Could American made goods actually live on? This video and article below on Joel Kurtzman’s thoughts leave some insightful optimism…

Myth #1: America is broke

America’s private sector is in better shape than it’s been in years, and the American consumer is healthier than she or he has been in the past 35 years, says Kurtzman. “On the private side of the balance sheet America is doing just fine,” says Kurtzman. The public side is another story, but it’s improving. The money America uses to pay its debt has been declining as a portion of GDP every year, “and it’s very manageable,” says Kurtzman.

Myth #2: High unemployment rates are here to stay

Kurtzman says the high jobless rate is concentrated in people without a college education and those under 25. The unemployment rate for someone over 25 who’s college educated has held steady at around 4%.

Myth #3: China is ascending while America is declining

“China is coming of age at probably the worst time in history for a country that wants to be a manufacturing power,” says Kurtzman. China’s strategy involves having 200 million people a decade  working in manufacturing, says Kurtzman. “They can’t accommodate that,” says Kurtzman. The U.S., meanwhile, has moved from a manufacturing-centric economy to a service-focused one–a transition that China will eventually have to make, says Kurtzman. “That will be very difficult for them.”

Myth #4: America is a spent power

Kurtzman says the U.S. is in a great position for growth because it remains the world’s leading military and manufacturing power, has trillions of dollars in capital to deploy and is now less dependent on imported oil given the development of its own energy reserves.

Myth #5: America doesn’t make anything anymore

This is simply not true, says Kurtzman. America is the dominant manufacturing power in the world if you include what we make overseas. But if you just look at just what we make in America, we make 20% of everything produced. That’s about the same as China but China makes low value-added products such as towels and clothing. We make airplanes, radar, turbines — the big expensive stuff.

(via Daily Ticker)

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Adirondack Chair: 3 Steps To Ready Yours This Spring

Adirondack Chair - Manchester WoodOwn a Manchester Wood folding Adirondack Chair? Here are 3 simple steps to get it ready this spring!

Our classic folding Adirondack chair is made of American hardwood and finished with a rugged weather-resistant acrylic paint. However sometimes maintenance is necessary in keeping this authentic solid wood outdoor furniture piece in top condition as the seasons pass. So this spring, as you bring your Manchester Wood Adirondack chairs out to greet the warmer weather, here are a few simple steps we recommend.

  1. Clean by wiping any accumulated dirt or dust off from storage with a solution of warm soapy water and a soft cloth.

  2. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and dry thoroughly too.

  3. Does it need a touch-up? Our high quality Adirondack chair was finished with an exterior paint from Sherwin-Williams.  If you need to touch-up any of your pieces visit the Sherwin-Williams store nearest you and tell them you need a high quality exterior acrylic paint. The original color can be matched there.

And lastly, enjoy it! We hope the warmer months ahead bring you many great memories on your deck, dock, or patio this year in our Adirondack chairs. Be sure to check out our entire Adirondack collectionyou’ll find new dining sets!

Have any good tips on taking care of your Adirondack chairs? Let us know in the comments section below!

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TV Stands Solid Wood: The Practical Choice

TV Stands Solid Wood at Manchester WoodWhen looking at TV stands solid wood should be your choice.

Crafted in natural, solid hardwood, our Media / TV Stands are built to last for generations as our advertising suggests. We keep one eye on the rich traditions of classic American furniture making with heirloom quality products while evolving design into modern customer needs, in both price and functionality. Our TV stands in solid wood are all built in accordance with classic design, except with modern technology, tools, and know-how. The result is a piece of sturdy, solid wood furniture that looks good, works well, and lasts a lifetime.

With TV stands solid wood is your practical choice, and at Manchester Wood we have your affordable option. Most solid wood TV stands are expensive, and cheap imports at the big box stores made of particle board don’t cut it. We have the solution here, for your shopping cart at ManchesterWood.com.

From the Slate Top Console Table, the popular Farmhouse 50″ Media Center, to the new Mission 48″ Media Stand, and everything in between. We have Shaker style furniture choices, Mission, Solid Cherry, and much more. So take a look around our online store, give us a call, read our testimonials, and discover not only why when looking for TV stands solid wood is your practical choice, but that hopefully Manchester Wood has made it easy. All orders include Free Shipping too! A huge savings when talking solid wood furniture!

Rest your flat screen on a solid, sturdy piece of solid wood furniture. Make it Manchester Wood.

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