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Post by Guest on Thu Dec 01, 2011 4:20 am

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On Monday, I was at MIT for the second of four regional meetings that the White House asked Susan Hockfield, president of MIT, and Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris, to host in order to get feedback from business leaders, academics and State and Federal government officials on how best to improve the nation's manufacturing base.

Hockfield and Liveris run the steering committee for the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) , which President Obama kicked off earlier this year.

Hockfield opened the meeting in the morning, with a Federal Government panel including the heads of the National Science Foundation, the Department of Commerce, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and the Department of Energy.

The good news the AMP committee presented is the improvement over the past few years in manufacturing job growth.

But the more somber news, in the longer trend, shows the arrows pointing in the other direction. Ten years ago, according to the official conference briefing document, the U.S. "enjoyed a trade surplus in advanced technology manufactured goods. Today, that category accounts for an $81 billion annual trade deficit, meaning that we are buying back technologies that, in many cases, we invented."

Lack of funds for higher education, rising costs, and jobs leaving this nation has really left us in a bad place and in a position of non-competition for international jobs.

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Post by Arx Ferrum on Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:39 am

Cookie Parker wrote:Lack of funds for higher education, rising costs, and jobs leaving this nation has really left us in a bad place and in a position of non-competition for international jobs.

I don't have a quote or a link at hand but... I do recall a (fairly) recent study that showed how those coming out of college were really doing no better than the average blue collar worker with either basic or no trade skills. If need be, I can run this down for a reference.

My guess is that while education is certainly suffering, it is mainly due to social and cultural issues rather than basic, in-class opportunities. Beyond that, it has been the ongoing, force-feeding of the globalist agenda that has seen the jobs that once supported what we termed 'the great middle class' flee to China. In basic fact, our national industrial plant no longer exists.

Our economy is in shambles because the jobs that used to keep Americans working... are simply no longer here. So, graduating from college or a tech school does less good because there are practically no job openings to be found.

We are now a culture of the McDonald's and the Walmart where cheap is the word for survival.
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Re: Training Gap Faces U.S. Manufacturing

Post by TexasBlue on Thu Dec 01, 2011 3:48 pm

Here it is in a nutshell....

Welcome to a true global economy. Some people wanted it. Well, we now have it. Howzit working out for us? Not too good and it's going to take more than one man or a couple years to fix this. It may never be fixable to start with.


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