When Washington gets back to work, let's talk manufacturing

Posted by TGarland on 10/02/2013

With Washington set to shake up an already shaky economy with its government shutdown and looming debt ceiling debate, it’s hard to imagine that anyone in town actually cares about economic policy.

And any sound economic policy begins with a stable economic base: manufacturing.

Manufacturing has been a hot topic on the political circuit for quite some time. Unfortunately, the grand statements haven't gotten past the podium. Richard McCormack, editor of ReMaking America, recalls a recent remark from the Administration:

In March, Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council, spoke about the (manufacturing's) importance to the larger economy at a conference sponsored by domestic manufacturers. Manufacturing requires “preferential treatment” from the policy community, he said, because of its role in funding innovation, producing spillover economic impacts and creating wealth. “If an auto plant opens, a Wal-Mart can be expected to follow,” he told the Manufacturing Renaissance Conference. “But the converse does not necessarily hold — that a Wal-Mart opening brings an auto plant with it.”

Right. Now the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) and most Americans would like to see action from Washington on these issues. We’ve even laid out a plan.

We’re ready, Washington, so when will you be?

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