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Hey Trump, American Manufacturing is Doing Just Fine

on October 4, 2017, 07:35 am MDT

Trump talks about America's manufacturing sector like he's delivering a eulogy. "Rusted out factories are scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation," he said in his inaugural address. "The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from our homes and redistributed all cross the world."

That isn't the only apocalyptic note the president has struck on the subject. He talks like that all the time, particularly when pitching his protectionist agenda. In the months since taking office, Trump has slapped Canadian lumber and airplanes with hefty tariffs and has launched investigations into Chinese steel.

But American manufacturing is actually experiencing something of a boom right now.

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Byron Hatton

Unfortunately He is right. I have been in the manufacturing industry for 30+ years, My job has been outsourced to China 2 times, I have traveled to china multiple times to install machines that used to be operated here. In my current position I see Chinese steel, pipe etc. all the time. We do need to bring this back to the US.
I drive through my old hometown and see how depressed it is since the steel mill has scaled back. Another thing is current manufacturing only wants to pay 15-20 dollars an hour, Modern times that is not a livable wage. the auto, steel, mining, industries all used to pay very good wages.