Make it Here: Assembly Line to Save America, Really?

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Just 5 days after Donald Trump jumped into the Apple-China manufacturing debate Tuesday, calling for Apple CEO Tim Cook to make Apple products in the U.S., the new Chrysler ad starring Clint Eastwood was released for Superbowl. The Chrysler ad echoes the same theme of making things in America and how this is one way the U.S. can hoist itself out its economic doldrums.

“We find a way through tough times. And if we can’t find a way, we’ll make one…Detroit’s showing us it can be done,” Eastwood says, speaking about Detroit’s comeback.

Ironically, Trump and President Obama are more or less on the same page. Obama has been pushing hard for in-sourcing–moving manufacturing and other operations back to the U.S., particularly from places like China.

“We have a huge opportunity to create more high-tech manufacturing jobs in the United States and bring back some of these jobs from overseas, but we’re going to have to seize the moment,” Obama said last week when visiting Intel’s newest chip plant in Chandler, Ariz.

“Let’s stop rewarding business that ship jobs overseas, let’s reward companies that are investing and creating jobs right here in the United States of America,” the President said.

While these are all great suggestions to stimulating the US Economy, where’s the innovation?

Today kids are smarter, have access to so much more in America then even kids from a generation ago.

What is being done for new graduates – our future leaders?

It’s nice to stimulate the economy with some bailouts and manufacturing jobs.

But is this really forward thinking?

Please say that the future of America isn’t hinged upon an assembly line? Mr. President?

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