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.
Our trade deficit is going to be balanced, the hard way or the easy way, eventually. And it will be essentially impossible for the U.S. to balance its trade without healthy manufacturing exports. Unless, of course, we are willing to reduce our standard of living.
Talk of a manufacturing revival is in the air. America has, in fact, gained a quarter-million industrial jobs since the start of 2010. Unfortunately, this is less than 15 percent of the number lost during the recession.
The key to our success in manufacturing is productivity. Between 1987 and 2008, manufacturing productivity grew by 103 percent, almost double the 56 percent increase in the rest of the business sector.
Bob King, the new president of the United Auto Workers, is threatening to adopt an aggressive "us vs. them" approach that could further weaken the industry. Put bluntly, his tough talk about organizing transplant automakers misses the point.