Democrats focus on manufacturing boost to create jobs

President Obama and congressional Democrats are approaching high unemployment and a slow economy by working to boost U.S. manufacturing, according to The Washington Post.

Their strategy, called "Make It in America," primarily involves raising taxes on multinational corporations that Democrats accuse of shipping jobs overseas and implementing more than two dozen legislative proposals aimed at developing a plan for promoting domestic manufacturing.

"We know manufacturing produces good jobs, high-paying jobs," says House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.). "We have committed ourselves to a long-term agenda aimed at enhancing the manufacturing capabilities in America."

Republicans view the strategy as Democrats' way to get a boost during the November congressional elections. Democrats acknowledge the proposals emerged after the off-shoring jobs issue featured heavily in a Pennsylvania election earlier this year.

Some analysts are skeptical because U.S. manufacturing jobs have been disappearing since 1979 as a result of U.S. workers' heightened productivity and cheaper labor overseas. During the past 10 years, the manufacturing sector lost a third of its workers, falling from 17.3 million people to 11.7 million people.

The Democrats' proposals include encouraging packers of domestic fruits and vegetables to display the American flag on their labels and extending various existing tariff adjustments that benefit U.S. manufacturers.

Overall, manufacturing has added 136,000 jobs during the first six months of this year.

Date : 8/9/2010