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Manufacturing Dreams 2

The Las Vegas Sun takes a look at Donald Trump’s promise to bring back manufacturing jobs and concludes that’s it more flim-flam. A nugget:

Wait until Trump tries to come through on one of his central promises: to bring back millions of high-paying manufacturing jobs to the U.S.

There is no shortage of economic experts who say it’s a fantasy.


Because U.S. manufacturers already are producing a lot of goods. They’re just doing it with fewer people due to automation and other technological advancements in manufacturing processes.

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  1. GS

    November 28, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    These made me laugh. First up, Americans be to stupid to work in “modern digital factories” meme. What modern digital factories? Steel-making is still steel-making? Bangladesh is “modern digital factories.” The crap in the dollar store where I shop, all made in “modern digital factories”? Right.

    >>and investing in training programs to ensure Americans are prepared to work in modern digital factories.

    >>It also would require Trump to swallow a couple of harsh realities. The first is that a lot of the people whom he promised to put back to work in factories will have to find work in some other field. The government could help them, Muro pointed out, by establishing a national wage-insurance program that would replace a portion of a worker’s lost wages for several years as he or she trained and searched for a job in another field.<<

    Yes, the retraining camp thing. Been tried for years. Doesn't work and the people who write these things know it by now. Another excerpt from the NYT WVa piece I cited:

    "At the Huddle House on Route 119, Kayla Burger, 32, a waitress, has worked three jobs since her husband lost his; they take home less than a quarter of the roughly $100,000 he used to earn. She took an offer for miners’ wives to train as phlebotomists, but with so many miners out of work, the phlebotomy market was flooded. She also substitute teaches and cooks at the school."

    How many people to draw blood do you need when the economy is el busto? How many when not? Plus, check what such jobs pay. They don't compared to what was lost. I covered this year's ago in a blog piece on the stupid belief, held as holy grail, that everyone would retrain to be teeth scrapers, vision checkers and bed pan techs.

    Retraining camp, you know what I think. You can't be rude ENOUGH about it.

    But, hey, there's no dislodging the belief among the swells that it's all just a matter of lack of skills and smarts in the unfortunate is just a matter of not getting the proper schooling, not a general collapse in the structure of the economy, a collapse caused by policy decisions. That is, no dislodging the belief until the shoeshiner for the status quo finds he or she has been dismissed for lack of worth.

  2. Frank

    November 28, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    American citizens have shown their ability to work in and with modern technology. Saying they are too stupid may be true of some–I don’t think you could turn someone who’s had an Archie Bunker career and aptitude into Admiral Grace Hopper, yet that is what many “retraining” efforts seem to think can be done. The days of plentiful factory jobs that can be done with minimal education and aptitude are gone.

    I have not studied retraining efforts to know why they fail, but what little I have read about them tells me that they train persons in the wrong things for the wrong reasons. It’s analogous to “computer education” in schools. Teaching someone to use Microsoft Word or a piece of iJuni is not “computer education,” no more than typing class teaches someone how to write an thesis or essay; yet, that is what passed for “computer education” when my son was in school.”

    When education fails most of the students, the fault is generally not with the students; it’s the educators that are common denominator.

    Just a couple of thoughts.