Yes and one area of particular strength is the auto industry in the Deep South .And what makes that work is a particular culture of hard work and respect for order . To wit , the military is a fertile breeding ground for the types of workers that thrive in this workplace . every soldier is familiar with and works constantly with dedicated software , everything from fire management software to maintenance protocols . These are not code writing Piccassos but workers who can look at a screen and know what it means. They are comfortable with chain of command management systems. What threatens this success is the attack of unionism old style union thuggery , us against them mentality and squeeze them till the pips squeak . The debacle at the VW plant in Tenn could be the first of many blows to this success story . The political class in the Deep South is mobilized to protect our plants and our workers from this onslaught but the NLRB is stacked against us . It will be a fight and remember that Mexico is only a few hours further south
Golly - leaves us gasping - running so fast to get ahead strive race (not the racism - although of course that's central).
What's the RUSH - all that fast stuff - It's all about that's how capitalism works. Either a business stays ahead of another business or it doesn't survive. The manner of production - automation, where it's totally unnecessary, hand-work being altogether able to provide most of our stuff.
This is all in the process of stealing our labor - whether we're waged or not.
These are all part of the mad rush to consume the planet - wildly off the mark of what we need to do/can do/and what most of us want to do.
The North American Industry Classification System is part of the Progressive legacy of "macroeconomics" and input output tables, enabling the all-wise bureaucrats of Washington to plan and direct every detail of economic activity, right down to which side you butter your toast on (the Left, of course -- and what do you mean, you don't eat butter?)
Best thing to do is to scrap all such classification schemes, and ALL government statistics.
Second best is to ignore them.
Don't kid yourself that a few of them MUST have some utility. They don't. They are only destructive.
Will get this book tomorrow.
As we're moving to West Africa this month, I'm interested in thinking about how manufacturing might impact the economics of these countries vs just more American aid $$.
However, having read Ferguson's most recent analysis, which is - yes, incredibly depressing - the things you note as negatively impacting a manufacturing rebound - taxes, debt, and regulations/attnys - are the very things Ferguson argues are causing our problems. So the ideas merge from both sides and must be addressed.
Unfortunately, it doesn't appear they will be - not by this President and this Congress.
Our salvation may very well be the free-market Governors, who are doing all they can to attract industries such as oil and gas, and chemicals to their individual states. It will be interesting to see how it plays out over the next two years.
I would add that improvements and cost reduction in robots and software, should be pushed to the maximium. Smart manufacturing could allow the West to make even low technology items like shoes and clothes.
If we can get sensible about the balance of pollution, litigation and production then we can and should lift ourselves out of recession.
The issue though is to realise technological change in manuafacturing may not prove huge numbers of jobs, burger flipping does this better, but manuafacturing will provide something to export, pay higher taxes and balance our budgets. For these reasons it is far more important than most economists realise (I writ ethis as an economist).