Globally, people are buying again. Yet, in the United States, consumers continue to purchase cars, computers and phones not made in America. It is past time that consumers recognize the emerging power of "Made In America" products and services.
Forget the ABCs of the GOP Campaign coverage -- Akin, Birthers and Conservatives -- the fundamentals of election 2012 remain jobs, jobs and jobs. It's still the economy, stupid, and you can't build that without us.
Across the world, our competitors are investing in their future. We cannot afford to fall behind. As former President Bill Clinton wrote in his latest book Back to Work, it's time Americans got into the future business again.
We have lost hard-won capacity that will take enormous investment to get back. We lost a large part of our ability to make a living in this world. And now we are feeling the consequences of these losses.
How much of what we own was made in our country? Inventory your clothes, TV, kitchen appliances and cell phone: chances are most items were not made here. But if we make things in America once again, American families will make it, too.
All of us want to put America back on a sustainable fiscal path, but to do so everyone must be asked to pitch in. The Republican budget, however, places the entire burden of deficit reduction on the middle class, seniors, and the most vulnerable.
We might not be able to match the incentives offered by our trading partners dollar-for-dollar, but we can make the choice competitive enough that we can leverage the inherent advantages that our country still offers.
There are few issues more vital to our state of Michigan, as well as our nation, than advanced manufacturing and trade. The "Make it in America" agenda is a plan to rebuild the American manufacturing sector.
Every Republican in the Senate voted against the Act. They voted to continue forcing Americans to give tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas during the worst recession since the Great Depression.