‘This Week on America’s Business”

Americas-Business-logo.jpgDemocratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have said they would try to reopen parts of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

But a guest on this week’s “America’s Business with Mike Hambrick” radio program says NAFTA is fine as is. Tampering with the pact would sour relations with Canada and Mexico and threaten the economy, said Dan Ikenson, associate director of the Cato Institute Center for Trade Policy Studies.

“It’s a terrible thing to be talking about at a time when U.S. export growth has been crucial,” Ikenson says. “Four years in a row we’ve set records in exports.”

All the talk about the decline and fall of American manufacturing is overblown. Mike will talk to reporter Phaedra Hise about her recent Popular Mechanics magazine story on American manufacturers who succeed despite the odds. We’ll also visit one of those manufacturers – the American Bicycle Group.

Natural gas is a crucial part of America’s energy supply. Natural Gas Supply Association President Skip Horvath will join Mike to talk about what role natural gas will play in America’s future.

“America’s Business” will also chat with a business executive who says manufacturing know-how can help companies slash healthcare costs. And we’ll visit a Wisconsin boat horn manufacturer, Kahlenberg Bros., that has achieved a rare feat – the same family has run it for more than 100 years.

In our regular segment Renee Giachino of America Justice Partnership will give us the latest on tort reform. And the National Association of Manufacturers President John Engler will close out the program with “The Last Word.”

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