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The Truth About American Manufacturing

Ralph asks New York Times reporter, Louis Uchitelle, how manufacturing can make a comeback in America.  And David Halperin reveals how the for-profit college industry is ripping us all off.



Louis Uchitelle writes on economics for The New York Times and other publications and is the author of The Disposable American: Layoffs and Their Consequences. His latest book is entitled Making It: Why Manufacturing Still Matters





David Halperin advises organizations on strategy, policy, politics, communications, and legal matters. He was previously: founding director of Campus Progress and senior vice president at the Center for American Progress; White House speechwriter and special assistant for national security affairs to President Clinton; co-founder of the Internet company RealNetworks; and counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee.  Currently he writes at RepublicReport.org, whose mission is to investigate how money corrupts democracy.


  1. David says:

    I like Louis Uchitelle’s comment, “My book doesn’t have all the answers.” I also like his comment…words to the effect you put it in a more dramatic way. That’s true. I think Ralph brings in many variables. And I’m just wondering what has happened to readers (or listeners) who want to deal with more variables than MSM brings to bear? DO WE HAVE TO GO TO COLLEGE BEFORE WE’RE PERMITTED TO ASK: WHO SHELLS OUT WHAT TO GET THE JOBS FOR THE 2 MILLION CARS BACK HERE?!?! Don’t get me wrong, Louis Uchitelle uses percentages I’m not all that familar with myself, and it was great to hear him on this subject. Fantastic really. All in all it’s mind blowing; MSM turns this stuff into code-talk-obfuscation. And then you guys come along and deal with it calmly, rationally, and without all the phony, rapid-vapid let’s-finish-this-spot-before-the-Lord-God-almighty-commercial…meaningless, aperspectival word-spitting. Going at this pace in this manner, I think if an answer’s out there we just might land on it. What harm can it do to look at all the obstacles? There aren’t that many (true, they seem twisted into sort of a tight noose). It’s like MSM is afraid if we see them all (even though they’re limited) they think we’ll flip out because they can’t come up with answers. Haven’t heard David Halperin yet.

    One thing I think that should come to figure in the Buicks exported from China…is the environmental cost of ships burn’n all that bunker fuel. That should be a part of the negotiations, but with this admin guess that would be something not to expect tomorrow.

  2. Rye says:

    Automation is the future. That is why we need a work force that is trained too working to robotics. When these machines break, a highly skilled technician must fix it. However, they’re will only be so many of these job’s available.

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