It is time to recognize that some companies that fish and sell tuna under the "dolphin-safe" label do not accord dolphins the same protection as the Mexican fleet, and it is also time for them to face the facts, just like the Mexican fleet did years ago.
We have reached a pivotal new phase in the information technology revolution. The biggest centers of growth for IT products and services are no longer established powers like the United States and Europe, but emerging markets such as China, India, and Brazil.
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.
The competition facing a business is no longer just across the street: it's across borders and overseas and exporting is a key to our economic growth. As Under Secretary for International Trade, I believe that Latino businesses are well-positioned to help lead this effort.
With virtually no chance of anything immigration related passing in the House or Senate, investment in the legal flow of commerce and people at our border is a great compromise on legislative action in an election year.
The "American System" has the following insight: The American economy cannot flourish over the long term with merely the financial and resource extraction sectors. American prosperity was built upon the nurturing of human capital.
Our leaders are no more serious about human rights in China than they are about such conditions in oil-rich Saudi Arabia, for the simple reason that we need what those nations have more than they need us.
Let's take a look at a speech recently given by Gene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council. It's a good metric of whether the administration "gets it" on manufacturing, and gives a fairly clear picture of the evolution of its thinking.