One of the most amazing, and despicable things about the current Tea Bagger “movement” is the focus on other Americans instead of issues really impacting America. It ain’t Jose or Rosita who are a threat to America…
It’s the folks who fund hating Jose and Rosita…
Who sold their own country down the river.
Now the problem here isn’t whether we can make tanks. We can make tanks – damn good ones in fact, in smaller manufacturing facilities scattered around the country. The problem here is the export of the high tech equipment to produce and manufacture electronic components – which increasingly are the heart of modern weapons systems. The only plants in the world, called foundrys, now which can produce thse dense chips have been shipped off to China, automatically giving them the ability to produce weapons systems – from ICBMs to aircraft…
Every bit as good, and eventually better than those produced in the USA – now stuck with buying the components from China.
Republican Bush II screwed the country even further than Bush I.
The problem here is that as American corporations have increasingly shifted to importing high-tech labor and laying off Americans, and exporting R&D, the innovation level of American companies, and the ability to get new product in production has fallen through the floor.
You want to fix what is wrong with America – the first thing you have to do is deport the tea Buggers… Not Rosita and Jose. Rosita and Jose are contributing something.
You need an IQ test to get rid of the dumb assed MFs who continue to wank the national weenie on everything but that which is critical to our survival.
The decline in American manufacturing is risking the country’s security, experts will tell a congressional hearing on Wednesday.
Manufacturing industry experts will appear at a National Security Oversight Subcommittee on Capitol Hill tomorrow to examine the effects the decades-old downturn in U.S. manufacturing may have on the country’s national security.
The committee also will examine the problem of reliance on substandard and sometimes counterfeit foreign-made parts, a dependence stemming from the drop in U.S.-made products, a depleted manufacturing workforce, and outdated technology. That reliance could place the lives of American soldiers at risk, according to information released by the subcommittee.
“We have allowed our industrial base to deteriorate for the last two to three decades. As a result, just in national defense terms, our supply lines for strategic parts and materials have been stretched around the world,” said Jeff Faux, founding president and distinguished fellow of the Economic Policy Institute.
“As you watch globalization move the manufacturing base offshore, in essence you are moving the defense base offshore,” said Robert Baugh, executive director of the AFL-CIO, “This is dangerous”.
Both Faux and Baugh will testify Wednesday.
The nation’s manufacturers are being seduced by China where they can get more for their money due to an undervaluation of their currency, illegal subsidies, and a lack of enforceable laws regarding, worker rights, and environmental and health standards, Baugh told CNN.
China’s manufacturing sector is on the brink of passing that of the United States, according to a report released in June by the economic research firm IHS Global Insight. The value of goods produced by China’s factories reached about $1.6 trillion last year, compared to $1.7 trillion by U.S. manufacturers.
The nation’s capacity utilization, which compares the output of U.S. factories to their maximum potential production, fell to a record low of 68.2 percent in June of 2009, as Chrysler and GM plants essentially shut down due to the bankruptcy process at the two companies, and as other automakers and suppliers scaled back due to overall weakness in demand.
U.S. output has been increasing steadily every month since that reading, rising to 74.7 percent in August — the latest month for which data is available — but is still down from the average reading, which is about 81 percent.
The subcommittee will be looking to hear recommendations from the panel of experts to open up discussions with officials responsible for making manufacturing sector policies.
“It is critical that we focus on modernizing and improving our industrial base to improve our economy, provide better employment opportunities to Americans, and strengthen national security,” said Rep. John Tierney, D-Massachusetts, chairman of the subcommittee. “We have to start to think strategically about the industrial challenges we face and take aggressive action to fully address them.”
Said Faux, “We have a national security policy that is not connected to our economic policy and an economic policy that is not connected to our national security policy.”