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  •  Low wage, no regulation countries do not (yet)... (6+ / 0-)

    make high-tech solar connectors and high-speed trains (not counting China making them on it's own behalf).

    Raise tariffs. Increase stimulus to fund supermodern infrastructure AND research on future infrastructural investments. Remove corporate incentives to outsource outside North America. Increase corporate incentives to "near shore" jobs into rural america. Manhattan companies should open plants in nowheresville, Georgia.

    That's how.

    What I don't have is 60 votes.

    "The enthusiasm gap has more to do with abnormally high levels of Republican interest in the election than with despondent Democrats." -Nate Silver

    by malharden on Mon Nov 01, 2010 at 07:59:02 AM PDT

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    •  There probably are not any qualified workers (0+ / 0-)

      for high tech manufacturing in Nowheresville Georgia (there might be in Michigan & Ohio, but not broadly everywhere where there are low skilled US workers in need of jobs).

      You might recall a few years back when Toyota & Nissan situated some assembly plants in Canada because they didn't want to pay UAW wages in Michigan and were wary of worker quality in the US South (eventually they figured out they could replace written instructions with picture diagrams to train the workers, but still, it's clearly not feasible to expect every company to be that accomodating).

      •  So... (0+ / 0-)

        Maybe the government ought to give money to corporations and small businesses, money that can ONLY be used on training new workers for jobs.

        •  Yeah, that might work, or better yet (0+ / 0-)

          fix the education system such that 10 to 15% of students don't "fall through the cracks"

          I suspect that by the time somebody is old enough to be employed by a corporation or small business, the window of opportunity for productive training is long past.

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