‘This Week on America’s Business’

By December 7, 2007America's Business

Americas Business with Mike HambrickRemember actor Jack Nicholson’s famous line from the movie “A Few Good Men”? “You can’t handle the truth!”

It seems Americans can’t handle the truth when it comes to the nation’s financial future. But Comptroller General David Walker, a guest on this week’s “America’s Business with Mike Hambrick,” is on a nationwide tour to get their attention.

With the nation in a $53 trillion budget hole and Social Security expected to run short on funds, Walker said elected officials must make tough budget decisions soon. “The clock is ticking and time is working against us,” says Walker, who runs the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Speaking of budgeting, is your holiday shopping done? Ellen Davis of the National Retail Federation will join Mike to talk about whether the holiday gift-buying season is meeting retailers’ expectations.

“America’s Business with Mike Hambrick” this week and every week features a regular segment from Renee Giachino of America Justice Partnership on heroes and villains in the tort reform battle.

Renee could soon have more to talk about. This week attorney Victor Schwartz from the firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon will join Mike to discuss controversial legislation that would enable trial lawyers to file even more frivolous lawsuits.

Think a job in manufacturing is passé? “America’s Business with Mike Hambrick” will chat with two students at the cutting-edge Robert C. Byrd Institute in West Virginia. The facility trains manufacturing workers and delivers new technologies to small manufacturers.

Student Judy Cassell lost her job when a plant closed. She’s getting machinist training at the center. Machinists are in high demand, Cassell said. “It’s given me a lot of confidence that I kind of lost when I walked out those doors when the plant shut down,” she said of the Robert C. Byrd Institute.

“America’s Business” this week is also launching a special series – the best and brightest in manufacturing. Mike will chat with a representative from Hypertherm, a New Hampshire metal cutting technology company. The Society for Human Resource Management four times picked Hypertherm as one of the best places to work in America.

The National Association of Manufacturers’ Hank Cox recalls “The Way It Was.”

And the NAM President John Engler gives us “The Last Word,” commenting on Congressional passage of the Peru trade agreement and why the American economy would benefit from more trade pacts.

For more about “America’s Business with Mike Hambrick” and to listen to the program online, please click here. And for video highlights and more, check out www.americasbusiness.org.

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