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Global Ethics Corner: Made in the USA: The Return of American Manufacturing

From: Carnegie Council
Series: Global Ethics Corner
Length: 02:00

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President Obama's plan for a manufacturing revival has seen bipartisan support, but some economists are asking serious questions. Will more Americans on assembly lines stifle innovation? And can the U.S. compete with the lower wages and willing workers found overseas?

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Global Ethics Corner is a weekly 2 minute segment devoted to newsworthy ethical issues. It presents both sides of an issue, asking viewers to weigh the information and make up their own minds.

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Global Ethics Corner is a weekly 2 minute segment devoted to newsworthy ethical issues. It presents both sides of an issue, asking viewers to weigh the information and make up their own minds.

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America is home to one of the largest manufacturing industries in the world.
For all its glory, the demise of American manufacturing had long been considered inevitable. That is, until recently.

In his third State of the Union Address, President Obama laid out an ambitious vision for a stronger America, in which manufacturing loomed large.

Though details of the president's proposals have sparked controversy, his calls for a manufacturing revival have not. In an era of staunch partisanship, support for U.S. manufacturing enjoys a rare bipartisan consensus.

But should it? Is the rebirth of America's manufacturing industry necessarily a good thing?

Not everyone agrees.

According to some economists, Americans should invent and innovate, rather than work on assembly lines.

Others point to the positive impact manufacturing jobs have had in developing countries. By moving their factories...
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Deborah Carroll - Producer
Marlene Spoerri - Contributing Writer
Julia Kennedy - Content Editor
Robert Smithline - Editor
Terence Hurley - Editor
Gusta Johnson - Production Assistant

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