Some interesting holiday reading

In order to write my book, Simply American and this blog, I have done a bit of research on all things related to American manufacturing. There are some very interesting studies and reports out there relating to the importance of the manufacturing sector in this country and challenges we face in maintaining and growing that sector. If you have time, perhaps between watching football games over the holiday period between Christmas and New Years, I would recommend reading a few of my recommendations. You will come away with a much greater understanding of the challenges facing our manufacturing sector.

Council on Foreign Relations:

The Evolving Structure of the American Economy and the Employment Challenge

Bloomberg Business Week

Andy Grove:

How America Can Create Jobs

Economic Policy Institute

The Importance of Manufacturing

Robert E. Lighthizer

Evaluating China’s Role in the World Trade Organization Over the Past Decade  

Boston Consulting Group

Made in America, Again

About Simply American LLC

I live in Seattle and love telling stories about Americans, the places where they work and the things that they make. I have just published a book, Simply American, encouraging Americans to purchase American made products; the book can be ordered at
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1 Response to Some interesting holiday reading

  1. I think those are all good articles. it is interesting to see which laws were created that caused countries like China to become a manufacturing powerhouse by essentially eliminating all laws restricting imports. It is difficult to reverse this, because of anti-“protectionism” sympathies. So, we have to deal with the loss of manufacturing jobs which is essential to keeping the U.S. economy running. With the outsourcing of manufacturing jobs, there is a downward pressure and downward trend on all middle class jobs permanently. (and ultimately real estate as well). Some economists have focused how we re-invented ourselves in the 1980s and 1990s, because of the computer/Internet boom – but they have failed to recognize that at that time, we manufactured all these new components. Now, there is still this big boom going on, but we are not benefiting from this, because we do not manufacture these iPhone, Droids, iPads, Kindles, etc. And many economists think, that we can turn things around again if we come up with a new technology – the faulty thinking with this is that if we come up with the new technology, then what happens is that we outsource our manufacturing of the new technology and we will also lose any of its economic benefits. I know it sounds a little old fashioned, but the U.S. still needs manufacturing to the point that we should be making 20 – 25% of what we need.
    Just a note about the Chinese wages going up, it could possibly bring back some US manufacturing jobs, but more likely the manufacturing will be sent to another slave labor country or into another under-developed area in China. -Jack A

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