This is from today's New York Times. It's the Bush Administration's answer to solving the manufacturing crisis... and your kid brother is part of the solution! Here it is:
"Is cooking a hamburger patty and inserting the meat, lettuce and ketchup inside a bun a manufacturing job, like assembling automobiles?
That question is posed in the new Economic Report of the President, a thick annual compendium of observations and statistics on the health of the United States economy.
The latest edition, sent to Congress last week, questions whether fast-food restaurants should continue to be counted as part of the service sector or should be reclassified as manufacturers. No answers were offered."
The rest of the article questions whether the Administration will try to move these fast food jobs into the manufacturing sector, thus (on paper) stemming the loss of manufacturing jobs.
This is up there with the Ronald Reagan "Ketchup is a vegetable..." argument. I've never heard of anyone in manufacturing asking, "Wanna supersize that?" but this is the new world order, I suppose. Hey, beats the hell out of having an actual plan to create manufacturing jobs, right?