NAM’s John Engler: For Jobs, Keep U.S. Competitiveness at Forefront

By September 5, 2010General

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today publishes a Labor Day-oriented editorial and commentaries on the economy and jobs, including a contribution from John Engler, president of the National Association of Manufacturers. Excerpt from Engler’s column:

Campaign season will be full of slogans, position papers and one-shot proposals about reviving manufacturing, but we need more than political tactics. Instead, let’s seriously address what it actually takes to create jobs in the global economy. The key word here is “competitiveness.”

When the United States recovered from the last deep recession of the early 1980s, it did so without competition from a unified Europe, a manufacturing giant in China, or rising industrial powers in Brazil and India.

These competitors think strategically about manufacturing. So must we.

For years, Washington has tried to encourage industry with specific pieces of legislation, government initiatives and small fixes. These are tactics. A manufacturing strategy will take a comprehensive view of what’s needed for U.S. manufacturing to succeed in the face of global competition.

The piece builds on the NAM’s report released in June, the “Manufacturing Strategy for Jobs and a Competitive America,” available at www.nam.org/manufacturingstrategy.

Other contributors to the AJC’s feature are Michael Thurmond, Georgia’s labor commissioner, and Paul Garcia and Donna Hyland, respectively the chairs of the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s technology and bioscience leadership councils.

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