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Not to mention the new trend using extensive precision computer programs to minimize the strength of bridges and the steel in skyscrapers.

The days of Chicago Bridge and Iron, built like a tank, and made to last, seem to be over.

Now you buy a new furnace and they tell you the new electronically controlled ones require annual maintenance contracts and have a service life of abt 10 yrs. The old ones used to last at least 30.

Save weight, save on materials, ship junk if you can get away with it.

Yes, its the bean counters saving pennies. The customer be damned.

I saw Bob Lutz of auto fame make the remark on Charlie Rose: The bean counters kill a slice at a time. They cut out the extras that make the product unique. Save money by using margarine rather than butter. Or day old vegetables rather than the freshest available. It all adds up to a downward spiral.

Remember the fate of Kraft-Heinz. The recent story of Sears.
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