December 19, 2013: New gig for Baucus?

Posted by mmcmullan on 12/19/2013

Good morning,

It’s old news that Max Baucus, a six-term senator from Montana, did not plan to defend his seat in 2014. What do long-time legislators do when they retire? We have no idea. Golf? Probably golf. We’d golf.

Anyway, here’s some fresh Baucus news: There will be no golf for Max, at least not all the time, because it appears the Obama administration plans to tap the senator as America’s next ambassador to China. Per the New York Times:

A Democratic official said the White House considered Mr. Baucus a strong candidate for the job because he had been working for more than 20 years to deepen the relationship between China and the United States. He has visited China eight times and has also played host to a number of Chinese diplomats and trade delegates in Washington and Montana, including President Xi Jinping.

The senator also led American efforts in the 1990s to bring China into the World Trade Organization.

Yeah, that last bit has been something of a mixed bag for the American economy. Still, it wasn’t that long ago that Senator Baucus acknowledged that China continues to manipulate its currency, “providing an unfair advantage to Chinese exporters and harming U.S. manufacturers and their workers.” We hope he keeps that in mind in his next career as a diplomat ... assuming this pans out.

Elsewhere around the web:

A manufacturing renaissance for whom? The sector has added thousands of jobs since 2010, but women seem to be left out of the manufacturing renaissance, writes Christopher Harress for the International Business Times. Men have dominated employment since February 2010.

Rhetoric becomes reality for Apple. The tech giant began taking orders today for the new Mac Pro manufactured in Austin, Texas, reports Bloomberg’s Peter Burrows. But not only are the Pros assembled in the U.S., says Apple CEO Tim Cook, they’re manufactured here as well:

We don’t want to just assemble the Mac Pro here, we want to make the whole thing here. This is a big deal.

It is!

Check it out indeed:

Time grows short, America! So get off your duff and finish your holiday shopping! But when you hit the bricks, try to Buy American. AAM President Scott Paul and Alex Bogusky from the Made Movement make the case for American-made gifts:

From athletic footwear to flatscreen TVs, there are companies manufacturing in America today. And while you may expect to pay a premium for American-made quality, you'd be surprised at how easily those on tight budgets can find gifts at competitive prices.

Read the whole thing here.

Because seriously, it’s gift-giving season, America. And whether shopping in-person or online, your pals at AAM hope you keep your purchases Made in the U.S.A.

Why? AAM President Scott Paul said it thusly:

We consume too much from overseas, and we don’t produce enough here to make up the difference. That burdens us with debt and leaves us with fewer jobs. There is a solution and it may sound quaint, but it’s never been truer than it is today: Buy American.

Easier said than done? Not if we help you out! We’ve posted a list of 51 American-made gifts suggestions, one from every state (and the District of Columbia). Throughout the month of December we’ll continue providing you with ideas, tips, and tricks. So check out our Holiday page often, as we’ll update it frequently.

Have an American-made gift that you’re giving, or coveting? We want to hear about it. Tweet it to @KeepItMadeinUSA or email us: info [at] aamfg [dot] org.

Happy Thursday, America.

-AAM

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