HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Comments
View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Should gov't support return of manufacturing to US?
Rob Spiegel   3/7/2012 2:59:41 PM
NO RATINGS
Well it's a tad more complicated than that on both the BP spill and the financial system. The companies originating the loans were meeting quotas and they were bundling the loans and selling them off. So nobody had to take the heat for bad loans. The ecological effects of the BP spill may have been overblown, but people still lost their lives from the accident.

jeffersonpayne
User Rank
Iron
Re: Should gov't support return of manufacturing to US?
jeffersonpayne   3/7/2012 9:42:44 AM
NO RATINGS
Seems to me that the BP spill is well cleaned up & way overblown.  The financial/housing collapse wasn't from lax regulation, but excessive intervention.  From the "community redevelopment" initiative begun under Pres. Carter, to the so-called anti-redlining of ACORN, the political class has leaned on banks to make home loans based on political correctness instead of financial soundness.  The implied gov't backing thru Freddie Mac & Fannie Mae ensured that the bubble would expand to catastropic size.  Bankers are greedy, but not stupid -- they wouldn't risk their own money, but politicians were more than willing to risk the taxpayers' to make themselves look like heroes.  They risked - we lost.  And some of us, amazingly, think the solution is even more power, thru more regulations, for the politicians who caused the problem ......

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Should gov't support return of manufacturing to US?
Rob Spiegel   3/6/2012 2:37:26 PM
NO RATINGS

I believe the move of manufacturing to Asia was fueled by simple economics. Just as plants moved to the South in the 1970s and 1980s because of cheaper labor, it moved to Asia in the 1990s and 2000s for the same reason. I agree part of the solution is investment in education and research. But that won't bring back the high-volume, low-mix manufacturing. As for regulation, careful, careful. The BP spill was an example of regulations gone lax -- not to mention the financial and housing collapse.

jeffersonpayne
User Rank
Iron
Should gov't support return of manufacturing to US?
jeffersonpayne   3/6/2012 1:23:22 PM
NO RATINGS
It seems to me that the premise of the answers is flawed -- that gov't action is what drives manufacturing.

"Yes, by funding research, education, and tax credits" Other than weapons systems, politicians track record on creating productive enterprises is pretty spotty; Solyndra is jsut a recent example.

"Yes, in principle, but without spending taxpayer money" Manufacturing didn't flee the US because politicians were spending too little money; they were driven out by politicians interfering too much -- regulatory strangulation, burdensome taxes, pandering to unions, swarming lawyers.

"No, the government shouldn't pick winners and losers" Politicians don't pick winners & losers; they rob the "winners" & use the loot to buy the support of the "losers". 

Politicians should be creating simple laws & enforcing them fairly, keeping the burden that the political sector places on the productive sector as low as possible.  That will free manufacturing to return to the land of the free & the home of the brave. 



Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
Enabling the Future is designing prosthetic appendages modeled more like superhero arms and hands than your average static artificial limbs. And they’re doing it through a website and grassroots movement inspired by two men’s design and creation in 2012 of a metal prosthetic for a child in South Africa.
In order to keep an enterprise truly safe from hackers, cyber security has to go all the way down to the device level. Icon Labs is making the point that security has to be built into device components.
Senior Technical Editor Chuck Murray gets the skinny on Harting Inc.'s 3D MID technology, which allows users to create a three-dimensional circuit board out of molded plastic.
Three days after NASA's MAVEN probe reached Mars, India's Mangalyaan probe went into orbit around the red planet. India's first interplanetary mission, and the first successful Mars probe launched by an Asian nation, has a total project cost of nearly $600 million less than MAVEN's.
Siemens PLM Software has made an in-kind donation of software to Central Piedmont Community College in North Carolina for its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Division.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
9/25/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
9/10/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/23/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/17/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Oct 20 - 24, How to Design & Build an Embedded Web Server: An Embedded TCP/IP Tutorial
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Class: October 1 - 30
Sponsored by Gates Corporation
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service