It’s Manufacturing Stupid: What Neither Presidential Candidate Gets About Building a Strong Sustainable U.S. Economy
October 11, 2012
Hosted by Té Revesz
US manufacturing is all the rage. The Presidential candidates talk a good game, says my guest, Alan Tonelson of the US Business and Industry Council, but they're short on effective policy. "The goal of a manufacturing revival is not only distant but receding," thanks to the "Summers effect" and faith in comparative advantage theory over geo-economic reality. For decades business and academic elites maintained a strong manufacturing sector was not need for a prosperous economy. The US was becoming a post-industrial economy driven by finance and InfoTech. Conventional wisdom—until December 2007, when the production-light economic US economy collapsed. Suddenly manufacturing is center stage. "Prospects will remain bleak," he says, "as long as so many new advocates, including President Obama and ex-Governor Romney keep shying away from the bold policy departures needed—especially in America’s international trade policies." Tune in to hear his controversial advice to both candidates.
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Prior to founding her own firm, Té headed the Industrial & Healthcare Practices of FIND's Strategic Consulting & Research Group and taught at the Zicklin School of Business (Baruch/CUNY). She was the Editor of Business International’s flagship newsletter and helped create its country risk service.
An NYC native, Té is active with Citizen Action, the URJ’s Commission on Social Action, and NY Neighbors for American Values (defending religious freedom, diversity and equality). She holds a Masters from Columbia’s School of International & Public Affairs and a BA from Goucher College. She’s an avid bike rider, theater buff and farmers market supporter—and the bemused owner of 2 demanding felines.