America’s Business with Mike Hambrick

By November 21, 2007America's Business

Americas Business with Mike HambrickNew trade deals with Peru, Columbia and Panama are a win-win for America, the National Association of Manufacturers President John Engler says on this week’s “America’s Business with Mike Hambrick.”

American markets are already open to these Latin American nations. The agreements would simply make trade with them a two-way street, favoring American industries and jobs, Gov. Engler says. The House passed the U.S.-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act (H.R. 3688) in November by a vote of 285-132 and the Senate is expected to take the bill up soon.

Engler tells Mike he can’t understand why a lawmaker would vote against the Peru deal, or a Panama or Columbia trade agreement for that matter. “We ought to be doing everything we can to open up wide the opportunities for our companies and our jobs right here in the United States,” he says.

Engler, who recently returned from a trade and manufacturing trip to Asia, will also talk about why Japan’s growing economy offers great opportunities for American manufacturers. And Phil Poel, senior vice president of global operations at the Wolverine World Wide shoe company, will join Mike to discuss how his company gained a foothold in China.

With the holiday travel season upon us, gasoline prices are on the minds of many Americans. Daniel Yergin, president of Cambridge Energy Research Associates, will discuss a report that paints a sobering picture of America’s energy future.

Joseph Minarik of the Committee for Economic Development will talk about another problem facing Americans — higher healthcare costs. Minarik’s group recently unveiled a proposal to provide quality, affordable healthcare by moving beyond employer-based healthcare systems.

And if you think American kids aren’t interested in manufacturing, think again. Ron Wilson at the Livonia Career Technical Center in Michigan is moving the old-fashioned high school shop class into the 21st century. Ron offers more details on the center.

In our regular segments, Renee Giachino of the America Justice Partnership gives us the heroes and villains of the tort reform battles and the NAM’s Hank Cox recalls “The Way It Was.”

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