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09/02/11
Juana Summers, Politico Declaring that what the country needs is “a crochety old man like me who has clear vision of the facts and wisdom to notice that there’s no room to sit safely in the meeting,” Buddy Roemer brought his complaints about the economy right to China’s doorstep on Thursday.
09/02/11
We agree with Jon Huntsman that we need American workers building the products American entrepreneurs invent. The American Jobs Alliance believes a healthy manufacturing sector is crucial for our economy to thrive. But the fatally flawed free trade deals which Jon Huntsman supports will destroy jobs in the U.S., not create them.
09/01/11
Steve Peoples, BusinessWeek Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman called Wednesday for sweeping tax changes and new trade agreements to help revitalize the nation's manufacturing sector and create jobs.
09/01/11
The Economic Times Against the backdrop of opposition to outsourcing in the developed world, mainly the US, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma on Thursday informed a delegation of the US Congressmen Indian firms are a major source of employment in the American economy.
09/01/11
David Dayen, FDL News Desk Jon Huntsman’s economic plan should dispel any rumors of his moderation. It eliminates the Earned Income Tax and the child tax credit to pay for a reduction of the top marginal tax rate to 23%. I don’t think I need to go any further. It’s a reverse-Robin Hood special. And he’s barely scraping past 1% in the polls, so there’s no need to discuss him, anyway.
09/01/11
Matías Vernengo, TripleCrisis Trade has been a contentious issue in U.S. politics for a very long while. In recent times, free trade agreements have been promoted as essential by the cheerleaders of globalization, and as a threat to good jobs with decent wages and benefits by those who are skeptical about the advantages of the global economy. President Obama, a man of broad views, seems to represent both opinions. On February 12, 2008, candidate Obama made the following argument on this issue:
09/01/11
Robert D. Hof, Technology Review In an article he wrote last year in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Andy Grove called himself "a onetime factory guy." It was a reminder that the 74-year-old retired chairman of Intel knows from experience how costly and risky manufacturing can be. Given these challenges, Grove argues, the U.S. government should do far more to nurture manufacturing, or else the country will face dire consequences.
09/01/11
The New York Times A California solar-panel manufacturer once touted by President Barack Obama as a beneficiary of his administration's economic policies — as well as a half-billion-dollar federal loan — is laying off 1,100 workers and filing for bankruptcy.
08/31/11
Susan Hockfield, The New York Times The United States became the world’s largest economy because we invented products and then made them with new processes. With design and fabrication side by side, insights from the factory floor flowed back to the drawing board. Today, our most important task is to restart this virtuous cycle of invention and manufacturing.
08/31/11
Jon Gertner, The New York Times You can drive almost anywhere in the state of Michigan — pick a point at random and start moving — and you will soon come upon the wreckage of American industry. If you happen to be driving on the outer edge of Midland, you’ll also come upon a cavern of steel beams and ductwork, 400,000 square feet in all. When this plant, which is being constructed by Dow Kokam, a new venture partly owned by Dow Chemical, is up and running early next year, it will produce hundreds of thousands of advanced lithium-ion battery cells for hybrid and electric cars. Just as important, it will provide about 350 jobs in a state with one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates.

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