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  • Iran’s Unfriendly Skies

    06/27/2016 7:54:51 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 12 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | June 24, 2016 | Diane Katz
    With the blessing of the Obama administration, Boeing Co. has negotiated the sale of a fleet of new jets to the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism. The $17.6 billion deal between the aviation giant and the Islamic Republic of Iran was made possible by the lifting of economic sanctions against Tehran in January. It is a reckless piece of business that Congress must address. Under terms of the memorandum of agreement, Boeing reportedly will supply 80 planes—including intercontinental jumbo jets—to state-owned Iran Air. The carrier, according to the U.S. Department of Treasury, has been routinely commandeered by the Islamic...
  • The left’s grand, green vision

    06/12/2016 3:55:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 5, 2016 | Stephen Moore
    Like a crazed serial killer, the liberal green groups are celebrating their “victory” of putting America’s major coal producers out of business — to say nothing of the tens of thousands of miners placed in unemployment lines. Several thousand more mining jobs were lost last month. Now to get their next homicidal high, the leftists have turned their ambitions on the oil and natural gas industries. Here is how the Sierra Club spokeswoman, Lena Moffit, explains the grand, green vision: “We have moved to a very clear and firm and vehement position of opposing gas. We oppose any new gas-fired...
  • The Efficient Destruction of Flyover Country

    06/07/2016 6:34:35 AM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 77 replies
    Chronicles Magazine ^ | June 2, 2016 | Steve Berg
    ...an economist would say this happens because of inefficiency, and the failure of manufacturing is all part of the “creative destruction” that is an essential engine of capitalism. But what I have seen here in the heartland of the United States is only the destruction; the creation takes place offshore. Making a god of efficiency denigrates the much more important goal of effectiveness. Efficiency (as Peter Drucker writes) is doing the thing right, while effectiveness is doing the right thing. Of course, ideologues firmly believe that effectiveness is purely automatic: Progress is inevitable! But that is not the reality I...
  • The Myth Of Manufacturing’s Decline

    06/05/2016 7:26:05 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 139 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | JUNE 3, 2016 | Editorial
    For the last two years, we’ve listened as presidential candidates promised repeatedly to “bring back manufacturing jobs.” But they really didn’t go anywhere. As the data show, manufacturing output is near its all-time high. Since 1980, factory output has grown 114%, while the number of factory jobs has shrunk by 36%, or nearly 7 million jobs total. It was technology and productivity, not China or any other nation, that “took” factory jobs.
  • Blue Collar Democrats Turn Against Hillary Clinton Over Radical Islam,Loss Of US(Shortened)

    06/03/2016 2:51:01 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 20 replies
    Blue collar Democrats are turning against likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and say they plan to vote for Donald Trump in November. Several callers on Breitbart News Daily, hosted by Stephen K. Bannon on SiriusXM 125, say they were appalled by the Democrats’ refusal to take on the threat of radical Islam, and think Trump understood what it would take to bring manufacturing back to the U.S.
  • Payrolls Huge Miss: Only 38,000 Jobs Added In May; Worst Since September 2010 (gold price soaring)

    06/03/2016 5:43:42 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 86 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | June 3, 2016
    If anyone was "worried" about the Verizon strike taking away 35,000 jobs from the pro forma whisper number of 200,000 with consensus expecting 160,000 jobs, or worried about a rate hike by the Fed any time soon, you can sweep all worries away: moments ago the BLS reported that in May a paltry 38,000 jobs were added, a plunge from last month's downward revised 123K (was 160K). The number was the lowest since September 2010! There is no way to spin this number as anything but atrocious.
  • HanseYachts builds first 10-meter long 3D printed hull

    05/30/2016 10:21:49 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 24 replies
    3ders.org ^ | May 30, 2016 | by Tess
    3D printing technologies have made a big impact in a diverse range of manufacturing industries, from architecture, to healthcare, to aerospace, and to the automotive industries. Now it seems another manufacturing industry will be exploring and capitalizing on 3D printing technology, by taking it to sea. That is, German yacht and motor boat manufacturer HanseYachts AG has announced that it has integrated 3D printing technologies into its yacht design and production. The company, which was founded in 1990 and which is one of the largest manufacturers of seagoing sail yachts in the world, has decided to embrace the potentials of...
  • Sears may sell Kenmore and Craftsman brands

    05/28/2016 11:27:48 AM PDT · by PROCON · 97 replies
    CNN ^ | May 26, 2016 | Paul R. La Monica
    The slow, painful demise of Sears continues. The struggling retailer, which also owns equally troubled Kmart, reported a loss of $471 million in the first quarter, worse than a year ago. Sales fell more than 8%. Sears (SHLD) also announced that it may sell three of its iconic brands -- Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard. The company said it is looking at strategic alternatives for its Home Services installation and repair businesses as well. These three brands -- dubbed KCD by the company -- are still well-known and popular. In a pre-recorded call for analysts and investors, CFO Rob Schriesheim said...
  • Boeing’s Budding Business Ties to Iran Face Congressional Review

    05/20/2016 4:18:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | May 20, 2016 | Adam Kredo
    Lawmakers want company to stay away from terror regimeMembers of Congress have summoned the heads of airplane giant Boeing to a meeting to encourage the company to stop spearheading efforts to reenter the Iranian marketplace, a business pursuit that is jointly backed by the Obama administration, according to a letter sent Friday to Boeing leadership and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.Boeing, like its French rival AirBus, has been working to woo the Iranian government following last summer’s comprehensive nuclear agreement.Officials at Boeing—a top U.S. government contractor—opened discussions with Iran last month. The company is hoping to sell its aircraft...
  • German-Made Bearings Blow Away China's in This Simple Test

    05/16/2016 10:16:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 67 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | May 12, 2016 | Sam Eifling
    Here we have a side-by-side comparison of the humblest of fruits from two industrial powerhouses: simple bearings made in China and Germany. Both are advertised, per the description, as "weapons-grade," though apparently the German version costs a good 30 times as much.
  • Manufacturing a Crisis

    05/14/2016 4:25:36 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 42 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 14, 2016 | Steve Feinstein
    If there is one thing that Democrats and Republicans always seem to agree on, it’s this: Manufacturing jobs are the key to economic success in this country. We’ve got to “revitalize” the manufacturing sector if the economy is to generate strong job growth and economic expansion. That’s just such total hogwash, because it’s not true and it’s not reflective of reality. To begin with, it’s always been difficult to understand why “manufacturing jobs” are so sacrosanct in many peoples’ minds. What is it about sitting in front of an assembly line for hours on end, repeating the same task of...
  • Opinion:... ..., Hillary and Bernie are lying to us about those lost manufacturing jobs

    05/14/2016 4:11:12 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 56 replies
    Market Watch ^ | May 12, 2016 | Michael J. Hicks
    Most, if not all, of those manufacturing jobs are gone because of better technology, not Mexico As the primary season progresses,... ...candidates continue to peddle some version of a promise to “bring back jobs and manufacturing to America.” Voters clinging to this hope need to steel themselves for a letdown. Here’s why. No matter how you measure it, 2015 was a record year for manufacturing... ...Manufacturing employment peaked nationwide in 1977. Since then... ...makes twice as much “stuff” in an hour as he or she did in 1977... ...In the 1930s, more than half of American household consumption was in...
  • Factory Workers Are The New Burger Flippers, Study Shows

    05/12/2016 4:35:21 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 46 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 5/10/2016 | JED GRAHAM
    One of the rallying cries of the Fight for $15 movement is that employers like McDonald’s (MCD) make billions in profits on the backs of taxpayers. In the view of the political left, companies shouldn’t be credited for employing large numbers of workers with modest skills, but rather vilified for paying so little that workers need to rely on food stamps, Medicaid and earned income tax credits. Now that same low-wage argument used against the fast-food industry and Wal-Mart (WMT) is being brought to bear against a surprising target: manufacturers. It seems that even as Donald Trump has vowed to...
  • Eerie, deserted dorms where Apple iPhone workers lived eight to a room, showered in groups of 20

    05/11/2016 11:06:45 AM PDT · by dennisw · 63 replies
    dailymail. ^ | 11 May 2016 | George Knowles
    Sprawling dormitory complex outside Shanghai housed workers who spend 12 hours a day making Apple products Eerie images show austere eight and 12-bed rooms and filthy 'bathrooms' where workers used communal showers Workers operated water taps by pedalling and squatting toilet cubicles positioned over open sewerage drains Dorms can house 6,000 workers at a time but were abandoned hurriedly, with mementos left behind Impoverished men and women from countryside work 12-hour shifts for Ł250 a month and pay Ł16 to live in dorms Mold and mildew crawl up the walls of the communal bathrooms and the tiny, austere rooms are...
  • Trump The Hamiltonian: 8 Words That Tell You Donald Trump Is Serious About American Jobs (Shortened)

    05/09/2016 8:31:54 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 9,2016 | James P. Pinkerton
    Only rarely does water flow uphill, do clocks run backwards, or does hell freeze over. And it’s even more rare when an MSM-er doesn’t trash Donald Trump. Michael Hirsh is a certifiably blue-chip establishment journalist: His resume includes stints at Newsweek and National Journal, and he is now the national editor at Politico.
  • Manufacturing Momentum Fades But Export Orders Step Up

    05/04/2016 4:23:47 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 11 replies
    Investors.com ^ | 5/02/2016 | JED GRAHAM
    The Institute for Supply Management manufacturing index eased to 50.8 in April from 51.8 in March, but it remained positive for a second straight month. Economists had predicted a slight decline to 51.5 amid less-robust reports on regional manufacturing activity last month. Readings above 50 indicate expansion, while those below 50 point to contraction. The undershooting in April largely reflected excess inventories, which may keep keep a lid on the upturn in production in coming months. But the good news for U.S. manufacturing and for corporate earnings is that the dollar continues to lose ground. The U.S. dollar index edged...
  • Donald Trump Ford foreign policy worked

    04/27/2016 12:58:49 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 3 replies
    The Donald Trump effect: Ford will invest $1.6 billion in two U.S. factories. Ford Motor Co will invest $1.6 billion in two U.S. factories to start making a new automatic transmission and expand output of certain commercial trucks, the company said on Tuesday. Ford said the moves would support a total of 650 jobs but would not say how many new ones would be created. The announcement comes three weeks after Ford said it would spend $1.6 billion to build a new vehicle assembly plant in Mexico, drawing fire from Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump. Ford has countered that...
  • The Mirage of a Return to Manufacturing Greatness

    04/27/2016 5:32:36 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 46 replies
    New York Times ^ | APRIL 26, 2016 | Eduardo Porter
    Half a century ago, harvesting California’s 2.2 million tons of tomatoes for ketchup required as many as 45,000 workers. In the 1960s, though, scientists and engineers at the University of California, Davis, developed an oblong tomato that lent itself to being machine-picked and an efficient mechanical harvester to do the job in one pass through a field. The battle to save jobs was on... ...These days, the battle to save American jobs has a different flavor... ...In America’s factories, jobs are inevitably disappearing, too. But despite the political rhetoric, the problem is not mainly globalization. Manufacturing jobs are on the...
  • Donald Trump rails against Carrier during rally at Indiana State Fairgrounds (Pence, Christie)

    04/21/2016 7:40:14 AM PDT · by GilGil · 107 replies
    Fox 59 News ^ | 4/20/2106 | Kylee Wierks
    “Governor Pence was pleased to welcome Mr. Trump back to Indiana and hear firsthand his plans for the country. The Governor was also grateful for the opportunity to describe Indiana's economic success and expressed his desire to have a partner in the White House who will help advance pro-growth economic policies, reduce burdensome regulation and curb the size and scope of government. With more than 130,000 new private sector jobs created since he took office, Governor Pence believes addressing these issues is critical in order for Indiana to continue to be a great place to live, work and raise a...
  • Trump Wave Builds in a Steel Town Forsaken by the World Economy (Johnstown, PA)

    04/21/2016 7:56:05 AM PDT · by TroutStalker · 37 replies
    http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/features/2016-04-21/trump-wave-builds-in-a-steel-town-forsaken-by-the-world-economy
  • Revolutionary steel treatment paves the way for radically lighter, stronger, cheaper cars

    04/18/2016 12:15:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    GizMag ^ | December 10, 2015 | Loz Blain
    Back in 2011, we wrote about a fascinating new way to heat-treat regular, cheap steel to endow it with an almost miraculous blend of characteristics. Radically cheaper, quicker and less energy-intensive to produce, Flash Bainite is stronger than titanium by weight, and ductile enough to be pressed into shape while cold without thinning or cracking. It's now being tested by three of the world's five largest car manufacturers, who are finding they can produce thinner structural car components that are between 30-50 percent lighter and cheaper than the steel they've been using, while maintaining the same performance is crash tests....
  • California clothing manufacturers fleeing minimum wage hike

    04/16/2016 6:31:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | April 16, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    A fifteen dollar per hour minimum wage is coming to California, so break out the champagne and let’s get this party started! Unless you work in the apparel manufacturing industry, that is, in which case you may want to start looking for some cheaper drinks since you’ll likely be out of a job soon. Once the home to a large segment of the American clothing manufacturing industry, California apparel manufacturers have already been hit by skyrocketing commercial real estate value and rising supply chain costs, but another spike in their labor rates will apparently be the final straw for some...
  • 3D Printing Houses from Concrete

    04/15/2016 4:39:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Hackaday ^ | April 15, 2016 | James Hobson
    We’ve seen 3D-printed houses before, but most make use of prefabricated chunks. This hurricane and tornado resistant hotel suite in the Philippines was printed in one shot. Sound familiar? This is the work of [Andrey Rudenko], who started by building a concrete 3D printer in his garage 2 years ago, moved on to 3D printing his kids a concrete castle in his backyard later that year and now appears to have a full-blown company offering commercial 3D printed houses. Way to go [Andrey]! The building was designed in Sketchup no less, and the printer makes use of Pronterface for the...
  • Beretta is opening new gun factory in Tennessee

    04/12/2016 3:54:10 PM PDT · by PROCON · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | April 12, 2016 | Aaron Smith
    Gun maker Beretta USA is opening a new factory on Friday, the culmination of generous land and tax offers in Tennessee and restrictive gun laws at its old Maryland location. Beretta USA is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony at the recently built facility in Gallatin, Tennessee, on April 15, having moved all manufacturing from Maryland. The new factory is 160,000 square feet, compared to 115,000 square feet if left behind, said Gabriele de Plano, vice president of defense marketing and operations for Beretta USA. "We've got plenty of space to expand as well," he said.
  • Trump touts terrific tariff to fix manufacturing job loss in New York

    04/11/2016 5:10:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 10, 2016 | Kyle Feldscher
    Donald Trump played up his plans to tax companies that move jobs out of the United States as he tried to appeal to blue collar workers in a New York rally Sunday. Speaking for about an hour Sunday in Rochester, N.Y., Trump recited statistics about the area's loss of manufacturing jobs and economic hardship in recent years. He reiterated his desire to tax goods sold by companies once based in the United States that moved away to find cheaper labor. The plan has been widely panned by economic experts. But the Rochester crowd ate it up. "I'm the only one...
  • Revisions to US factory orders impact Q1 spending outlook, inventories to be drag on Q1 GDP growth

    04/09/2016 2:59:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    The EconoTimes ^ | Apr 04 2016
    The previous advance manufacturing report had showed that durable goods orders in February had declined. However, the drop in durable goods orders has been revised to 3% from the initial estimate of 2.8%. Furthermore, most of the downward revision was made in non-defence capital goods. According to the advance report, the core capital goods orders fell just 1.8%; however, yesterday’s report revised the decline to 2.5%. Core capital goods orders dropped at a three-month annualized rate of 10.2%, whereas the shipments are declining at a 7.7% clip. ... The inventory-to-ship ratio was 1.37 for the third consecutive month. This is...
  • Fiat Chrysler to lay off 1,300 workers

    04/06/2016 12:18:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 6, 2016 2:57 PM EDT | Tom Krisher
    Tumbling sales of Fiat Chrysler’s main midsize car have driven the company to indefinitely lay off 1,300 employees at a Detroit-area factory. Workers on the second shift at Fiat Chrysler’s assembly plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan, will be furloughed starting July 5 as the slow-selling Chrysler 200 has started to stack up on dealer lots. Sales of the cars were down 61 percent through March, and inventory grew to a 150-day supply, according to Ward’s Automotive. Automakers consider 60 days to be optimal to give dealers enough of a selection for customers. Fiat Chrysler sold only 7,500 of the cars...
  • Ford to build factory in Mexico, moving small-car production from U.S.

    04/05/2016 5:07:55 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 70 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Apr 5, 2016
    Ford Motor Co. plans to build a $1.6-billion auto assembly plant in Mexico, creating about 2,800 jobs there and shifting small-car production away from the United States
  • Clinton's $10 Bil Manufacturing 'Investment' Is Just A Thinly Disguised Gift To Unions

    04/05/2016 4:19:50 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 3 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 4/4/2016 | Staff
    Industrial Policy: Hillary Clinton’s $10 billion “investment” plan for manufacturing didn’t get much attention. But it should, since it would be a disaster if she ever had the chance to act on it
  • U.S. Lost 29,000 Manufacturing Jobs in March—But Gained in Retail, Food Services and Drinking Places

    04/02/2016 4:00:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 1, 2016 | 10:59 AM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The United States lost 29,000 manufacturing jobs in March while gaining jobs in retail trade, food services and drinking establishments, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. During the month, jobs in the retail industry in the United States outnumbered jobs in manufacturing by 3,651,100. In February, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the manufacturing sector was 12,320,000. In March, that dropped to 12,291,000. …
  • Boeing tanker issue may delay U.S. production decision-Air Force

    04/02/2016 5:15:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 31, 2016 | ANDREA SHALAL
    A problem that has prevented Boeing Co 's KC-46A tanker aircraft from transferring fuel to a C-17 transport plane may delay a Pentagon decision approving low-rate production of the new tanker in May, the U.S. Air Force said on Thursday. "We don't yet know the schedule impact to the planned May Milestone C decision, but the problem is well understood and we don't expect an extended delay," said Air Force spokesman Daryl Mayer. Mayer said the issue arose during testing of the refueling boom that is used to transfer fuel from the 767-based tanker aircraft to a C-17 transport plane,...
  • If You Aren’t Outraged, You Haven’t Been Paying Attention

    04/01/2016 12:14:48 PM PDT · by central_va · 70 replies
    economyincrisis.org/ ^ | February 29, 2016 | Thomas Heffner
    In recent years the U.S. has been steadily traversing down a path of destruction. While many Americans have begun to open their eyes to America’s plight, most are still oblivious to the factors that led to our downfall. Recently, the media has been touting recovery, but there are numerous urgent changes that need to be implemented before the U.S. can even think that we are emerging from today’s recession/depression. The New Depression The economic decline in the United States began long before the official beginning of the recession in December 2007. The U.S. is not merely experiencing a “down cycle.”...
  • Waiters And Bartenders Rise To Record, As Manufacturing Workers Drop Most Since 2009

    04/01/2016 7:28:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 04/01/2016 | Tyler Durden
    On the surface, the March jobs reported was better than expected... except for manufacturing workers. As shown in the chart below, in the past month, a disturbing 29,000 manufacturing jobs were lost. This was the single biggest monthly drop in the series going back to December 2009.  But not all is lost: as has been the case for virtually every month during the "recovery", virtually every laid off manufacturing worker could find a job as a waiter: in March, the workers in the "Food services and drinking places" category, aka waiters, bartenders and minimum wage line cooks, rose again...
  • The Never-Ending Greatness of L.L. Bean's Boots

    03/29/2016 11:03:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | March 28, 2016 | Michael Paterniti
    Come close. They won't bite though some have been gnawed upon, chewed, and bitten themselves (mostly by labs and golden retrievers, if social media is the source). Weirdly, the weathered boots piled into a bin, located in a far-off corner of the factory, don't smell so bad either. It's hard not to want to touch them, to trace their wrinkles. Each boot carries its own landscape of dings and dust, faded in its own peculiar shade, with its own particular history.
  • Ford to build plant in Mexico, ramp up output from the country: WSJ

    03/24/2016 2:44:24 PM PDT · by jjotto · 64 replies
    CNBC ^ | 7 Feb 2016 | Javier E. David
    Auto giant Ford is planning a new assembly plant south of the U.S. border, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday, and will sharply increase factory output from Mexico just months after signing a labor deal. Citing people familiar with the matter, The Journal reported that Ford will add half a million units of annual capacity from Mexico starting in 2018, which is double the amount it built in 2015. The new assembly complex will be based in San Luis Potosi, and Ford will expand an existing facility near Mexico City, the publication added. The move may heighten the debate over...
  • Remember How Trump Threatened Ford? Well Look at the HUGE Announcement They Just Made

    03/24/2016 1:09:34 PM PDT · by Mensius · 250 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | 03/24/2006 | NA
    When the Ford Motor Co. decided to move jobs south to Mexico so that it could pay its workers less, billionaire businessman Donald Trump was furious. He made trade inequalities and Ford’s betrayal of American workers a central issue of his campaign. And, without his even being in the Oval Office, it worked. In an interview with CNBC, Ford CEO Mark Fields said that the automaker would be “here to stay.” He also said he had outlined his company’s plans in a letter to Trump.
  • Rush: Establishment Support of Cruz Means Conservatism is Winning

    03/24/2016 1:05:55 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 101 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | March 24, 2016
    On Wednesday during his radio program Rush Limbaugh responded to a caller claiming Ted Cruz is not an outsider and is “buddying up” with the establishment. Limbaugh clarified to the caller that Cruz is not the hypocrite – the establishment is.Listen to the full clip here: Below are some excerpts from the transcript: RUSH: I just saw there's a caller on line calling me delusional?  CALLER:  I think, sadly, what you all fail to realize is that perpetually you're painting Ted Cruz as an outsider.  He paints Ted Cruz as an outsider.  The Tea Party tried to paint him as an...
  • Do Not Interfere with the Will of the People in An Effort To Stop Trump

    03/24/2016 12:25:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 171 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 24, 2016 | Armstron Williams
    The American People are angry. And it is not cyclical anger – after all, we are sitting at the top of the current business cycle. This anger is a secular trend. There is anger at the lack of jobs, there is anger over class warfare , there is anger at police profiling of young black men, anger at conservatives, anger at political correctness, anger at Liberals, anger at the break down of our inner city infrastructures and the poisoning of water in Flint, Michigan and elsewhere, anger at Hillary Rodham Clinton, anger at Donald Trump, anger at the main...
  • Trump right on China: World's biggest trade gap

    03/24/2016 10:41:45 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 43 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 03/24/2016 | Paul Bedard
    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has been mocked by critics for shouting that China is "killing us" economically, but a new analysis of U.S.-China trade shows that the trade gap isn't just at a historic high, but that the imbalance is the widest for any bilateral trade, ever. According to the website Howmuch.net, the U.S. exported $116 billion to China in 2015, the same year China exported $481 billion to the United States, producing that $365 billion gap. And it found that the gap is growing so fast that it will "almost quintuple" over the next 15 years. The site,...
  • Making More with Less (manufacturing up but jobs are down)

    03/20/2016 2:27:51 PM PDT · by FreedomNotSafety · 34 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | October 1, 2015 | Mark J. Perry
    The ability of the US manufacturing sector to produce increasing amounts of output with fewer and fewer workers should be recognized as a sign of economic strength and vitality, not economic weakness. Thanks to advances in technology, the factory floor today is one with modern, advanced, state-of-the-art equipment that requires fewer employees, but with greater skills and training than in the past. The trend in US manufacturing over the last 30 years – more and more output with fewer and fewer workers – is exactly like the transformation that revolutionized US farming over the last 100 years or more. With...
  • The Splintering of the Conservative Media

    03/18/2016 2:45:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 86 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 18, 2016 | Steve McCann
    Over the past 28 years there has been a sea change in the media. Not only has the monopoly of the so-called mainstream media been shattered but the phenomenal rise of conservative media has been truly stunning. It began in 1988 with the national syndication of Rush Limbaugh and his distinctive brand of conservative political commentary espoused in an entertaining and captivating way, which opened the flood gates for other conservatives, together with Rush, to dominate the talk radio airwaves. In the 1990’s the internet, through hundreds of websites, gave voice to journalists to report stories either ignored or downplayed...
  • What has happened to Free Republic? [What difference at this point can it possibly make?]

    03/17/2016 3:13:11 PM PDT · by katwoman5779 · 991 replies
    Since Obuma was elected to POTUS, I have been coming to Free Republic to get news, opinions and a few laughs. Most of the serious posts were bemoaning the out of control government and what could be done about it. "Oh Whoa is Me!". Then along comes a constitutional conservative. For the first time since Ronald Reagan, we have a constitutional candidate running for the GOP nomination. This man was elected by conservatives to go to Washington and stand up to the elites that no longer listen to the American people. He didn't go to Washington and "fall in" with...
  • Those white, working class, Trump supporting communities “deserve to die”

    03/13/2016 11:31:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | March 13, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    There’s been a growing sense of desperation among the #NeverTrump forces for a few weeks now, and as we move closer to largely winner take all states in the primary line-up it was inevitable that full blown panic would set in. One side effect of this increased feeling of urgency is that critics of The Donald have increasingly given up on critiquing the business mogul’s record and frequently mystifying comments, choosing to focus their attacks on his supporters instead. While a seemingly self-defeating strategy, that movement has hit its full stride this weekend with National Review’s endless fountain of Trump...
  • In Hard-Hit Ohio Steel Town, Trump and Sanders Resonate

    03/12/2016 11:11:58 PM PST · by blueplum · 37 replies
    NBC News ^ | 12 Mar 2016, 10:42 am ET | Leigh Ann Caldwell and Matt Rivera
    LORAIN, Ohio - The landscape here looks like a wasteland. And it's about to get worse. Two steel mills in this city, 30 miles west of Cleveland on Lake Erie, are set to close by the end of March, laying off hundreds of people in an area that has seen jobs slowly erode for more than two decades. The final 130 workers at Republic Steel will be out of work when the plant rolls its final order of steel tubular products for oil drilling and fracking equipment in two weeks. And at U.S. Steel, the final 200 workers will also...
  • Are we be better off with the thousands of factories shut down and millions of jobs lost?

    Are we be better off today with the thousands of U.S. factories that have shut down and millions of American jobs lost and the trillions in accumulated debt that we've run up in the last couple decades of free trade? And, of course, this is due to many factors including such things as: Big government Regulations High taxes Unions driving up costs Cheap labor overseas Fewer regulations overseas Lower taxes overseas Trade deficits etc., And doubly exasperated by poor trade deals? Or is this all a myth? Are we better off with cheaper foreign (cheap) goods, fewer U.S. factories, fewer...
  • Pat Caddell: When Trump Finds Out Kasich Voted for NAFTA, Kasich Will Lose Ohio

    03/11/2016 9:34:16 AM PST · by Sybeck1 · 69 replies
    Teaparty.org ^ | 3/11/16
    Breitbart) – Veteran pollster Pat Caddell warns that Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s vote for the North American Free Trade Agreement during his tenure in Congress could cost him both his approval rating as governor and the critical state primary. “I believe — I haven’t gone back and looked — but I think he was in Congress in ’93 and if so, I’d bet you he voted for NAFTA. How much do you want to bet? Somebody ought to look that one up. That’s the real point this morning that could change the election in Ohio,” he told Breitbart News executive...
  • HP hopes its 3D printers will drive the 'next industrial revolution'

    03/05/2016 9:01:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    PC World ^ | March 3, 2016 | Agam Shah
    HP wants to drive the "next industrial revolution" and spark a change in the way products are manufactured with its new 3D printers. The company's first 3D printers will ship later this year, said Cathie Lesjak, chief financial officer for HP, speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference this week. HP first announced 3D printers in 2014, and is now preparing for the big launch. HP is looking to hire materials experts, mechanical engineers, managers and sales people for its push into 3D printing. HP has a rich history in printing and is entering a 3D printing...
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    03/04/2016 3:54:38 AM PST · by expat_panama · 8 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 3/03/2016 | CIARAN MCEVOY
    The Institute for Supply Management’s Non-Manufacturing Index fell for the fourth straight month to a two-year low in February, signaling slower growth and a slight decline in jobs. The service-sector gauge dipped just 0.1 point to 53.4, the lowest since February 2014 but... Meanwhile, factory orders rose 1.6% in January... Manufacturers such as General Electric (GE) and United Technologies (UTX) have suffered from a strong dollar and weak overseas demand. A struggling energy sector weighed on staff reductions last month, as Challenger reported 61,599 layoffs, down 18% from January’s number. Energy industry layoffs were 25,051, up 24.6% from the previous...
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    02/27/2016 1:22:12 PM PST · by sushiman · 30 replies
    Politifact ^ | 11/27/15 | Katie Sanders
    TOKYO — Billionaire businessman Donald Trump’s presidential campaign hinges on Americans who share Trump’s assessment that the United States is losing all over the world. In Mexico, we’re outsmarted on the border. In China, it’s trade and currency manipulation. In the Middle East, it’s the terrorist masterminds of ISIS.
  • Presenting America's Own "Ghost Cities"

    02/27/2016 8:28:37 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 30 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/26/2016 | Tyler Durden
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