Jump start the economy? Let’s get back to making things
Posted by keelynet on May 18, 2009
This guy is exactly on target, manufacturing is what made America and the sooner we get back to it, the sooner we can recover what has been misdirected overseas;
“Manufacturing creates wealth when your eco-conscious neighbor buys new solar panels to decrease his energy bill. Payment then goes to the store, other vendors and the manufacturer. The money continues down the supply chain to other service providers, where it’s reinvested in companies to purchase new equipment and develop new technologies. It also pays employees – one of whom goes out to buy new solar panels and the cycle continues. If our government truly wants to stimulate the economy, it has to focus on helping the country get back to making things. It goes back to Econ 101: economic growth occurs with innovation and technological advances, both of which are deeply rooted in manufacturing. Manufacturing fundamentally improves daily life by making it brighter with energy-efficient windows; faster with high-speed rail; safer through state-of-the-art-defense capabilities; and better with customized medical devices. And it is manufacturers who are fulfilling President Obama’s vision for an “innovation economy.” Manufacturing accounts for two-thirds of the nation’s private-sector research and development activity. R&D isn’t just about people in white lab coats conducting “weird science,” it’s about inventions that solve problems and have the potential to create jobs. Here are six ways to begin.
1. Encourage innovation, which can spur the economy as it leads to new products, processes and jobs.
2. Recognize lean and green manufacturers who eliminate waste and use fewer resources whether they make “green” products or not.
3. Help the transitional workforce gain the skills needed for 21st century jobs.
4. Support the small to medium-sized manufacturers that create jobs in their communities.
5. Enhance the image of manufacturing so more people understand that today’s manufacturing jobs are high paying, high-tech, challenging and available.
6. Place educational emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math so that future generations are able to maintain America’s lead in the innovation race.
If we want to see the economy do anything other than get a failing grade, the Obama Administration and Congress cannot continue to dismiss the backbone of the America – manufacturing. Let’s stimulate the economy by getting this country back to making things.” – Source
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