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President Obama pushes his jobs plan. Mitt Romney speaks to empty Ford Field
It's the choice between a not-fast-enough American manufacturing recovery, and investing in Chinese manufacturing.
Here's one reason manufacturing is so important in an economy: manufacturing jobs create more jobs, in a ripple effect than can transform communities. So, in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area, where manufacturing has rebounded to where it was in late 2008, that's led to more manufacturing, to trucking jobs, to training opportunities:
  • Intelligrated in Mason hires 300 new workers to design and build conveyer systems, and Mazak in Elsmere hires 75 new workers to make industrial cutting machines.
  • Total Quality Logistics in Union Township, Clermont County, adds 200 jobs to move truckloads of manufacturing supplies and finished products.
  • The University of Cincinnati Clermont College gets a $250,000 grant to train 100 new workers in advanced manufacturing skills.
Even a local bank is benefiting, having recently added a commercial lender.

It's the reverse of how, if the government had allowed GM and Chrysler to collapse, it wouldn't only have been people who worked directly in GM and Chrysler plants who lost their jobs. People manufacturing auto parts, working in dealerships, transporting cars from the factory to the dealership, all would have lost their jobs as the industry collapsed. Banks would have had fewer customers and more defaults. Restaurants near auto and auto parts plants would have closed as they lost business.

The manufacturing sector has gained over 500,000 jobs since January 2010, but it isn't rebuilding as quickly as we would wish. Too many new manufacturing jobs essentially rely on the United States as a source of cheap labor. But there is a rebuilding process going on and there are workers who are benefiting—not enough workers, not mostly benefiting as much as they should be, but they're real and they matter. And Mitt Romney, if elected president, would stop this recovery dead in its tracks as far as workers are concerned, making the race to the bottom on wages and benefits the law of the land and pushing the U.S. to be more like China where workers are concerned. Barack Obama's far from perfect. Mitt Romney's fucking terrifying.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 08:00 AM PDT.

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  •  I always enjoy your Diaries nt (2+ / 0-)
  •  Exactly! (3+ / 0-)

    I am an executive education program manager at a large university.  One of our biggest clients had a shakeup at the top and froze all programming until they had a chance to review everything.  This was three weeks before two major events.  I had to cancel everything - catering, lodging, name plates, signage, etc.  So not only did we take a hit, but all the small and large businesses I used as vendors.  It was quite a mess.  There is a huge ripple effect.  That is why austerity absolutely does not work.

  •  Thanks but the evil Prince John Kasuck will try to (1+ / 0-)
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    Glen The Plumber

    take all the credit, since he's an evil rotten R.

    Didn't have anything to do with it. Would have been worse if SB 5 had gone thru.

    tipped and rec'ed Laura.

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 09:58:10 AM PDT

  •  I saw a whole new crop of owners and CEO's who (3+ / 0-)
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    blueoregon, rbird, AmazingBlaise

    share more of the wealth created from a business. In other words, a sustainable capitalism.

    Then I woke up.

    "To hunt a species to extinction is not logical."--Spock, in Star Trek IV.

    by Wildthumb on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 03:39:07 PM PDT

  •  WAY better off than 4 years ago (6+ / 0-)

    Four years ago, the bottom fell out of the economy right when my employer was in the middle of peak construction on a $2 billion major infrastructure project.

    Given what was happening with the banks, we didn't even know if capital financing to complete the project would have been possible. If we couldn't borrow money, literally thousands of people would have lost their jobs, just on that one project alone. Multiply that times all the other businesses and projects that couldn't get bonds or financing, and you would easily have had Great Depression II.

    I don't think most people truly appreciate how scary things really were economically when Obama was elected, and how close we were as a nation to massive unemployment and poverty...

    •  True, (0+ / 0-)

      but I'll bet he would do a lot of things differently, if he had a do over.

      On the other hand, he has been far from perfect but that was a promise he kept and is to be expected. It just about takes one term to really learn how to be the president, especially as every president faces different challenges.

  •  Ah, but another 4 years of Obama recovery (0+ / 0-)

    and the banks won't be able to justify withholding loans for business, not that they'll try.

    "Let us never forget that doing the impossible is the history of this nation....It's how we are as Americans...It's how this country was built"- Michelle Obama

    by blueoregon on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 03:45:07 PM PDT

  •  The multiplier effect (6+ / 0-)

    is one of the most intuitively obvious and most easily explained concepts in economics.  The reality of the manner in which investment and production decisions are made in  capitalism is that there's no place for the multiplier effect to even enter into the discussion.  That's strictly an "externality" to every executive economic decision-maker.

    Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

    by ActivistGuy on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 03:45:14 PM PDT

    •  It's one of the things (4+ / 0-)

      I use on people who complain about the space programs.
      They don't build spacecraft out of money; that money goes to their employees and their suppliers, and to the suppliers' suppliers and employees (and so on), and from paychecks it goes into groceries and hardware and clothes and cars and and and ....

      (Is it time for the pitchforks and torches yet?)

      by PJEvans on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 04:06:02 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  And it creates demands (1+ / 0-)
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        that drive huge investments and new R&D.  We're all sitting in front of the fruit thereof right this instant.   But that's its public purpose, as opposed to the purpose of private enterprises, which are to maximize internal return on investment, period.   So it's an entirely different sort of decision-making that occurs, one that private capital simply cannot ever replicate becaue of that contradictory purpose.

        Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

        by ActivistGuy on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 04:13:37 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Intuitively obvious except to some Republicans (0+ / 0-)

      who are in denial about basic economics. They keep insisting that the stimulus didn't work.

  •  At first I misread Mazak as "Muzak" (0+ / 0-)

    and was about to say job growth there must reflect an increase in high-end shopping centers...for those who never realized the economy was face down in the toilet.

    I imagine more muzak is part of the oligarchy's future... I just do.

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 03:56:46 PM PDT

    •  Muzak is disappearing (1+ / 0-)
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      it's being replaced in piped-in music with pop.  I never thought I'd miss Muzak, but being unable to go to a public place without having to endure the screeching of Katy Perry borders on the unbearable.  For the love of god, give me back Montovani!

      Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

      by ActivistGuy on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 03:59:21 PM PDT

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      •  Argh. (1+ / 0-)
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        One of the ONLY joys of Muzac is watching blue-haired grannies humming along with 101 strings playing John Lennons' imagine....clueless about the lyrics.

        The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

        by xxdr zombiexx on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 04:02:35 PM PDT

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  •  Let Detroit Go Bankrupt !!! (4+ / 0-)

    This is the son of the Governor of MI who said this. I'm always shocked to see there is even 10% of the people on MI, OH, WI who support Willard. These people need their brains examined.
    Willard wanted to destroy the whole Midwest. Entire cities, counties, villages, ... Unbelievable.

    Don't forget to register to vote here: http://netrootsradio.blogspot.com/p/register-to-vote.html

    by bepanda on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 03:58:32 PM PDT

    •  I cannot believe you are besmirching this gifted (1+ / 0-)
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      cocinero

      business executive.

      Heh. Can't even finish that.

      Mittens wants to destroy the US Midwest and the Whole Middle East.

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 04:06:53 PM PDT

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    •  But think of the massive profits that Mitt and his (4+ / 0-)
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      ilk could have made by being able to vacuum up the pieces of a bankrupt auto industry.  The pension plans, the wage cuts, the assets on the cheap all ripe for harvesting.   Mitt was dreaming in dollar signs and rubbing his hands together in anticipation of what his share could be.

      “when Democrats don’t vote, Democrats don’t win.” Alan Grayson

      by ahumbleopinion on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 04:23:24 PM PDT

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  •  4 years ago: 2008 (3+ / 0-)

    Delivering pizzas, just got my professional license, got professional jobs - began a phase of working for various companies, none of which would pay me correctly.

    2012: Employed with a medicare-based company, clinging to a job where Medicare reimbursements have been cat almost in half since I began there. Employed, for sure, but the company ditched healthcare in July. I still get vacation time.

    Lucky to have a job despite the education, the professional experience, the references, and the license.

    When repubs are president, work and income suffers: with a Democrat in office I get to be properly employed.

    Lived it - not making it up.

    ergo - 4 more years for Obama so I can stay employed.

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 04:00:59 PM PDT

  •  I once saw an estimate years ago that (2+ / 0-)
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    It's the reverse of how, if the government had allowed GM and Chrysler to collapse, it wouldn't only have been people who worked directly in GM and Chrysler plants who lost their jobs. People manufacturing auto parts, working in dealerships, transporting cars from the factory to the dealership, all would have lost their jobs as the industry collapsed. Banks would have had fewer customers and more defaults. Restaurants near auto and auto parts plants would have closed as they lost business.
    a little over 20% of the entire US economy is dependent directly or indirectly upon the auto industry----everything from the rubber industry that makes the tires to the electronics industry that makes the car radios to the plastics industry that makes the cupholders.
  •  There is always a little ecomomy that grows around (4+ / 0-)
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    a successful factory. The bar, the party store, the gas station and the restaurant all depend on the people with good jobs going to and from work. the workers meet in these places and address problems and help each other.

    I live in Michigan and when the factories close the neighborhoods start dying.

    •  It's how ghost towns are made. (2+ / 0-)
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      howabout, Icicle68

      First the gold dried up, then the silver ran out
      then the whisky ran out, then the beer run out
      then Mittens closed the only factory and the people left.
      (From the Outlaw Josey Obama)

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 04:09:04 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Runaway shops (1+ / 0-)
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      drmah

      is how my hometown died.  Among other companies, it was the birthplace of AmPad, notoriously killed off by Bain Capital.  Today it has half the population it had when I was born there, and it's only that high because a new immigrant generation discovered that it was a place with plenty of full-size family apartments that were affordable.  (Emptied out by the workers from the mills that went away.)

      Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

      by ActivistGuy on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 04:19:35 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Romney will not understand this (4+ / 0-)
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    PJEvans, ahumbleopinion, Icicle68, drmah

    One lesson the GOP MAY take away from the coming (hopefully) Romney defeat will be the realization that not all "business experience" is equal.  Romney's experience has been in harvesting profits from businesses for himself, not growing the business or creating jobs.  What you describe above is an alien concept to Romney's business experience.  What the GOP may not have understood prior to the election is that the American voting public "gets it" - gets the distinction.  

  •  smash this guy.... (4+ / 0-)

    romney did one thing for america...he opened america's
    eyes to the vile system that guys like willard and the rest
    of his heartless business cronies developed to game the
    system in their favor.
    Its not even..its not a fair fight...willard and the rest of
    his possee watched the collapse of millions of americans
    lives and savored the chance to take advantage of
    this nation when it was on it's knees.
    I gladly am working making calls/volunteering for
    the ones who stood up for the american people.
    Smash romney...make it a landslide.  And then we
    can remake america the way it should be.

  •  This Republican Congress show be tried for treason (2+ / 0-)
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    OleHippieChick, drmah

    They have wilfully and wantonly kept millions of Americans from getting work. This is unconscionable.

    Only the weak & defeated are called to account for their crimes.

    by rreabold on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 04:42:39 PM PDT

  •  Dismantling our Manufacturing should never (3+ / 0-)
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    have been allowed for precisely this reason, and it never made sense from the start. Few of my co-workers in high-tech manufacturing saw the danger when they started voting for Republicans in the eighties.

    Fortunately, my union president dad drilled into my head that "a Republican will always do more damage to the workers on purpose than a Democrat will by accident".

    I've traveled the country for going on thirty years installing and debugging CNC machinery, like Mazak milling centers, and I know for a fact there are many small communities across America where virtually all of the jobs were dependent upon the 50-500 high paying jobs at the local factory.

    Now that the Wall Street geniuses determined finances should constitute 40% of our economy instead of the 15% it used to, and manufacturing's share went from 40% to about 15%, they should tell the rest of us what the hell we're supposed to do to feed our families.

    Almost half of Walmart's employees qualify for Food Stamps, a similar percentage of highly paid manufacturing workers send their kids to college while their property taxes support local schools and towns.

    Bad trade there, Reagan Democrats.
             

    "extravagant advantage for the few, ultimately depresses the many." FDR

    by Jim R on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 04:51:26 PM PDT

  •  The Issue for an Ohio GOP Voter (0+ / 0-)

    So it may be true that Obama saved the economy, and my job. But. He wants to kill the unborn babies. And take my guns. So I have to vote for Mitt. Even though he's a cult member. And a zillionaire who hates working people like me. And extremely wimpy, and clueless. And insipid, though I do not know that word. At least he's white.

    We will never have the elite, smart people on our side. - Rick Santorum

    by easong on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 05:31:18 PM PDT

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