Erik Buell is a patriot. One of the most talented motorcycle engineers in the world, he could have taken his talent to the big four for big bucks. Instead, he went to Harley. When they ditched him, did he flee to a foreign brand? Nope, he stayed in East Troy, Wisconsin, employing as many American workers as he can afford. It’s going to be small-scale innovators like him, not neolithic corporations, that pull us out of our current economic doldrums.

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