HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Comments
View Comments: Threaded|Newest First|Oldest First
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. 

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
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   3/7/2012 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.



Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
An attack on the grid could do mammoth damage and experts say our power plants are the least equipped to withstand cyber attacks.
Thalmic Labs' Myo is an arm-worn device that lets users control computers, smartphones, drones, and other digital devices using only hand and arm gestures.
The big data processing of 3D simulation is now blended into CAD programs to ease and speed the design workflow.
In this second materials slideshow from NPE2015, we've got some plastics that vendors were showcasing, including products made with them, and others that were brand-new introductions at the show.
Industrial workplaces are governed by OSHA rules, but this isn’t to say that rules are always followed. While injuries happen on production floors for a variety of reasons, of the top 10 OSHA rules that are most often ignored in industrial settings, two directly involve machine design: lockout/tagout procedures (LO/TO) and machine guarding.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
3/31/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
2/25/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
12/11/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
12/10/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.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.
Mar 30 - Apr3, Getting Hands-On with Cypress’ PSoC
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  67


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.
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2015 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service