At Netroots or not, we want your questions about American manufacturing!

Posted by Anonymous on 06/16/2011

Have a question about the current state of American manufacturing? As part of our Netroots Nation panel Revitalizing Manufacturing: The Road to Renewed Job Growth panel we’ll be gathering questions from Facebook, Twitter and our blog to ask our great panel of experts LIVE during this Friday 6/17 event!

Even if you’re not here in Minneapolis, MN for the Netroots Nation conference, we want to hear your questions! Here are a few easy ways to submit them:

ON TWITTER: You can tweet questions during the panel by using the hashtag #NN11 on Friday, June 17 from 3:00-4:15pm. Have a question for a specific panelist? Include their twitter handels or name in your Tweet! Panelist twitter information is below:

Scott Paul: @ScottPaulAAM

Dave Johnson: @DCJohnson

Beri Fox: Not on twitter- use full name

Jared Bernstein:@econjared

Rep. Jim McGovern: @RepMcGovern

ON FACEBOOK: Enter a question as a comment in any of our Netroots posts, or just post it to our wall!

ON OUR BLOG: Submit your question as a comment below.

Follow @KeepItMadeInUSA on Twitter to see your questions answered!


Some more information about our panelists:

Scott Paul (@ScotPaulAAM)

Scott N. Paul is the founding Executive Director of the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), which was launched in April 2007. AAM is a non-profit, non-partisan partnership established by some of America’s leading manufacturers and the United Steelworkers to explore common solutions to challenging public policy topics such as job creation, infrastructure investment, international trade, and global competitiveness.

AAM has become a prominent voice for American manufacturing and its workers, publishing research, books and online resources; conducting advocacy on key issues; and working closely with leaders in both political parties to promote domestic production and employment.
Prior to forming the Alliance, Mr. Paul was the principal lobbyist for the Industrial Union Council and was a trade lobbyist at the AFL-CIO, where he led the labor movement’s legislative initiatives on international trade, manufacturing, and foreign policy issues.
Mr. Paul’s Capitol Hill experience extended from 1987 to 2001. He served as a staff member to the late Rep. Jim Jontz (D-IN) and former Rep. Peter Barca (D-WI), and as the chief foreign policy and trade advisor to then-House Democratic Whip David E. Bonior (D-MI).
Mr. Paul earned a B.A. in Foreign Service and International Politics from the Pennsylvania State University and an M.A. with honors in Security Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He resides with his spouse Ilisa Halpern Paul and twin boys in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Dave Johnson (@DCJohnson)

Dave Johnson is a Fellow at Campaign for America's Future, writing about American manufacturing, trade and economic/industrial policy. He is also a Senior Fellow with Renew California. Dave is founder and principal author at Seeing the Forest, and a blogger at Speak Out California. He is a frequent public speaker, talk-radio personality and a leading participant in the progressive blogging community.

Dave has more than 20 years of technology industry experience including positions as CEO and VP of marketing. His earlier career included technical positions, including video game design at Atari and Imagic.

Beri Fox

Beri Fox is owner and president of West Virginia-based Marble King, Inc. Founded in the late 1940's, Marble King manufactures more than 1 million marbles each day for both recreational and industrial uses. The company’s products are sold internationally and have been featured in several classic Hollywood films. Ms. Fox is an outspoken advocate for U.S. manufacturing and has appeared on such nationally televised programs as ‘The Colbert Report’ and ‘The Martha Stewart Show.’


Jared Bernstein (@econjared)

Jared Bernstein joined the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in May 2011 as a Senior Fellow. From 2009 to 2011, Bernstein was the Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden,

executive director of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class, and a member of President Obama’s economic team.

Bernstein’s areas of expertise include federal and state economic and fiscal policies, income inequality and mobility, trends in employment and earnings, international comparisons, and the analysis of financial and housing markets.

Prior to joining the Obama administration, Bernstein was a senior economist and the director of the Living Standards Program at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. Between 1995 and 1996, he held the post of deputy chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor.

He is the author and coauthor of numerous books for both popular and academic audiences, including “Crunch: Why Do I Feel So Squeezed?” and nine editions of "The State of Working America." Bernstein has published extensively in various venues, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, and Research in Economics and Statistics. He is an on-air commentator for the cable stations CNBC and MSNBC and hosts

Bernstein holds a PhD in Social Welfare from Columbia University.

Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) (@RepMcGovern)

Since his election in 1996, Congressman Jim McGovern has been widely recognized as a tenacious advocate for his district, a tireless crusader for change, and an unrivaled supporter for social justice and fundamental human rights.

Currently serving his eighth term in Congress, McGovern serves as a Senior Minority Whip; the second ranking Democrat on the powerful House Rules Committee, which sets the terms for debate and amendments on most legislation; and a member of the House Agriculture Committee. In those roles, McGovern has secured millions of dollars in federal assistance for Central and Southeastern Massachusetts. McGovern is also co-chair of both the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and the House Hunger Caucus.
McGovern has been a strong advocate of “Make it in America.” He has voted to provide tax relief and incentives to small businesses, and will continue to push for additional tax relief and to reduce red tape. Jim advocates reforming our outdated tax code so that it is fairer to middle class families and helps our small businesses and entrepreneurs compete. He believes we need to close tax loopholes for companies that ship jobs overseas, and instead help companies here at home stay competitive.
Jim McGovern was born on November 20, 1959, in Worcester, the son of two successful small business owners. His two sisters are elementary school teachers in Worcester’s public school system.

McGovern earned his Bachelor of Arts (‘81) and Masters of Public Administration (‘84) degrees from The American University, working his way through college by serving as an aide in the office of U.S. Senator George McGovern (D-SD). He went on to manage Senator McGovern’s 1984 Presidential campaign in Massachusetts, and delivered his nomination speech during the 1984 Democratic National Convention in San Francisco.

Jim is married to Lisa Murray McGovern. The McGoverns have a son, Patrick and a daughter, Molly.


Anonymous wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

A question for one (or more) of the panelists.

What if legislation were passed that required corporations or medium sized businesses to invest the amount they receive in tax cuts into manufacturing, creating a new business, hiring, etc. in the United States. This would be mandatory, and the penalty for failing to do so would be that you would not receive the tax break. How would this change the current job crisis in this country? (And in what alternate universe would it ever happen?)

Anonymous wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Health Insurance and International Competition

My wife and I own a small manufacturing company (12-15 people) outside of Portland, Oregon. We sell our products throughout the US and Canada. We struggle every year to provide our employees with even the most basic health insurance. Our competitors, especially our Canadian competitors, have no such expense. All my wife and I and our employees are asking for is a more level playing field. Why are we the only western industrialized country that does not have universal healthcare? We accept that our free trade policy is disastrous to working Americans and small US businesses, but could we at least have the health insurance portion of our disadvantage lessened.
Thank you very much for taking part in this panel.

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