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We'd have to import piles of people in order to get manufacturing off the ground.
This is simply not true. There may well be a problem of scale, but many tailored instruction programs that provide exactly the needed skills have been set up in a number of areas, including my current town of Mountain Home. The community college, ASUMH, has specialist programs in welding that supply capable welders to local boat manufacturers, including Ranger Boats, a national leader in fishing boats. Required skills include heliarc welding for aluminum boats. They have also set up a training facility with a modern, computer diagnostic system, for auto techs. There is a strong robotics program in the middle and secondary schools, supplemented by many offerings at ASUMH, and programs for nursing, which graduates are always in demand in hospitals, clinics and nursing homes here and country wide. We could benefit from federal investment starting with grants instead of loans for tuition, books and living expenses. And grants to states for use in building and running new research facilities at universities would be a great help.

I agree that we have hollowed out our manufacturing base. But that could quickly be turned around with different trade policies and federal support for new manufacturing start-ups. What is most critically needed is to downsize finance back to between a tenth and a fifth of its present size and regulation to prevent financial sector criminality and looting. The latter would largely take care of the former. The result would be like a 30% tax cut on our society.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Jun 26th, 2016 at 05:10:53 PM EST
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