Whether the American Jobs Act ultimately passes or is killed in Congress by the GOP, simply having the debate about the role government should play in the economy is critically important on the eve of the 2012 elections.
It's hard to believe that nearly four years into the worst Recession since the Second World War, while mired in a jobless recovery of unprecedented length and magnitude, we continue to hear that manufacturing jobs don't matter.
There is a more positive economic and political case to be made that, instead of accepting a slow decline, we put our shoulder to the wheel and build on the apparently hidden but obvious strengths of U.S. manufacturing.
Obama is ignoring growing opposition from his Democratic base and voters across the political spectrum to resurrect policies Congress has refused to approve for over four years. And to get his message across, he's using every trick in the book.
Numerous politicians have stated that the number one concern of the U.S. government should be to focus on jobs, particularly within the manufacturing sector. There are a number of reasons that prove otherwise.
US Trade Representative Ron Kirk doesn't believe many middle-class manufacturing jobs will be a part of America's future. Like many free trade proponents, he views the loss of these jobs as inevitable.
After dominating the globe for over 60 years as the world's largest, most productive, and technologically advanced in the world, America's manufacturing sector is in a decline in nearly all industries.
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.