Skip to comments.Obama manufacturing hubs face uphill struggle to create jobs
Posted on 03/18/2014 8:15:33 PM PDT by Olog-hai
Along the banks of the Mahoning River in the struggling Ohio steel town of Youngstown sits a once-abandoned furniture warehouse that has been converted into a sleek new laboratory.
Inside is a Silicon Valley-style workspace complete with open meeting areas and colorful stools. Several 3-D printers hum in the background, while engineers type computer codes that tell the machines how to create objects by layering materials.
The lab, called America Makes, is the first in a series of so-called manufacturing innovation hubs that President Barack Obama has launched with the promise that they could revitalize Americas industrial sector and spur jobs growth in downtrodden communities like Youngstown. Seven more hubs are planned by the end of the year, including projects in Chicago, Detroit and Raleigh, North Carolina, that will follow the Youngstown model of bringing together businesses, non-profits and universities to pursue technological breakthroughs.
But after more than a year of operation, the Youngstown hub underscores the challenges facing Obamas goal of ensuring a steady stream of good jobs into the 21st century, as he put it in remarks at a White House event last month.
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Obama could have done more to help manufacturing by reining in the EPA and allowing fracking and oil drilling on federal lands. All the energy infrastructure would have created hundreds of thousands of jobs immediately, while lower energy prices would create millions of service jobs.
Many US tech design firms farm out manufacturing to Asia, right?
Well soon the US gummint will RE-CLASSIFY such companies as **US MANUFACTURERS**
Gosh I WONDER why they plan to do THAT, right?
Anything Obama is an uphill struggle.
This’ll be another government boondoggle.
Looks like it already is. Another “not quite shovel ready” moment.
Then he wouldn’t be Obama, of course.
The only thing that will help manufacuturing is restoring the import tariffs.
And we should lower income and corporate taxes by an equal amount.
You can eliminate all taxes and all regulations and you still can’t compete with chinese labor that is 1/30th our minimum wage.
It was a mistake to lower them in the 1960’s and we have high unemployment and have lost much manufacturing as a result.
Buried deep and forever under a mountain of red tape and taxes.
NO business can manage for long under such a burden.
Our Marxist president is consumed by a deep-seated and virulent hatred for civilization and he’s doing everything he possibly can to destroy it.
And, yes, he’s doing an excellent job of it, too, thank you very much.
You called it the “only thing” while also stating that it’s not the only thing. Don’t forget about scrapping the welfare state.
We can compete just fine with China’s labor pay so long as the economies of scale make things competitive. Focus on quality has to be strong as well.
Initiatives like the one described in this thread are doomed to failure because it’s government trying to create jobs.
This is a perfect example of ACORN Economics. It makes sense to academic pinheads while having no practical use in the real world. Very USSR, with no application in the USA.
The only job we get with Obama is one very expensive,”Village Idiot”, who left unchecked will start World War #3.
"I tell them there will not be as much need for the working class, but there will be more engineers," Martof said.
She is probably right.
How many millions are the taxpayers paying for each job?
With more connected Friends of Barry reaping the rewards.
If he could only get one of his colleges he uses as safe harbor to talk down to us to manufacture a microbe that eats plastic when let loose. Imagine the consequences?
I can’t agree with that. Machines are not immortal, after all.