American Made: Why Making Things Will Return Us to Greatness by Dan DiMiccoIt is beyond my ability to express each particular reason to read this book. Every individual chapter deserves a review or reaction in depth, but I have neither the charting skills or the superb easy language for difficult concepts that Dan DiMicco possesses.
Why are both USA political parties so far off the track toward understanding economies of this continent? Why are politico ideologies no longer even the tail that is shaking the dog, but more to the tune of a clamping collar and iron shackles on the dogs feet? What do leaders need to define and how do they cut through the bureaucracies that are imprisoning both innovation and progress? All here. And why the parties need to completely change their dogmas on taxing and deficit. Both of them. He shows how both taxing plans end up decimating the middle class. And how government override of corporation (and aiding the ones too big to fail too)end results in eliminating the middle class that is the great bulk of corporation hiring.
There are more quotes in this book that I could begin to list that should be heard and would resound with applause by the great numbers of middle class Americans that have been annihilated, along with our physical infrastructure, for the last 30 years. Dan DiMicco explains why and what has happened to the American individual worker productivity and our free trade dollar. And what and who was most helped in Pres. Obamas stimulus dispensing and why that failed, not from its humongous size, but from its ultimate destination to American productivity.
The sections on education and the green industry are good. Myth of the innovation economy and the skills gap- with facts and real life outcomes; those are priceless. But if you read nothing but the chapter The Myth of Free Trade- it would be worth buying this book. More Myths to Distract Us explains how terms have become redefined to fit political agenda classifications. And how and why this mess murders real jobs at home while INCREASING world wide pollution. And how neither political party is at all in the ballpark for facing the biggest problem the USA will face in the next 10 years.
But if you read nothing else, read the last chapter, the one AFTER Where We Go Next that is short and sweet. It is called Where the Road Leads.
Not only is the language exact throughout this book, it is specific. And chart and $$$ defined. Apples are not called oranges, so that they can be counted toward pies. Individual lives ARE counted, and not for just demographic proofs toward politico marketing agendas. Why is it that our best and brightest may be early retired, Tweeting or on social media all day. Or within peak years held in millions of part time jobs that give them no satisfactions (mental or material) and also completely under produced their lifes abilities. And why so few millions of Americans are actually working toward an individual progress, or what the real unemployment numbers have become. And where that human mental energy is being used too instead. And where that puts the happiness quotient.
We need schools that teach skills. We need to fix bridges and roads NOW, without 3 year governmental hold outs for a system that often eventually sends the engineer work and materials manufacture to Japan or the Far East. On and on and on. We need welders, we need electricians. Those needs are desperate already, with the most skilled earning 6 figure salaries and at times tremendous pensions. Entire skill sets absolutely needed have been lost because of where we are putting our education dollars. Trade schools and skills schools and apprentice programs essential and nil! The ones who could teach them too, nearly gone. His example of the innovation needed to change the steel core business- a perfect example. You needed the 30 year expert chemist of process, with the new gas step input insight of the young innovator. It doesnt happen by theory, agenda created expertise hope or luck, nor by recipes and methods learned from books.
The frames of reference to our current USA state of economy in media, politico, schools of erudite- they seem all wrong. Just as you scrapped the Armys Calvary divisions when the Panzers showed up, we need to change the frame around our USA economy picture. NOW.
A country that doesnt create or make or build things is a country doomed to mediocrity. Manufacturing, and the innovation that comes with it, is indispensable to the vitality of a true nation
It is just a fact of economic life. Manufacturing creates real wealth. Real wealth comes from innovating, making, building things. Its a process that reinforces itself and reinvents itself: moves forward, not sideways; and does not stray from its core to extremes. And it lasts. Manufacturing has always benefited the U.S. economy. Always.
Too many quotes that are gold. Read the book. A dozen true life stories within it for those who would lead toward real physical changes AND an economics WITH environmental improvements.
A good leader deals with the crisis hes presented, not the one he wants to solve.
Free trade is wonderful in theory, but it doesnt work. It is an academic luxury that the real world doesnt enjoy. If you want to study it at Harvard or Chicago, be my guest. But understand that global trade today is anything but free.
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American manufacturing is on life support—at least, that's what most people think. The exodus of jobs to China and other foreign markets is irreversible, and anything that is built here requires specialized skills the average worker couldn't hope to gain. He not only revived a major US manufacturing firm during a recession, but helped galvanize the flagging domestic steel industry when many of his competitors were in bankruptcy or headed overseas. In American Made , he takes to task the politicians, academics, and political pundits who, he contends, are exacerbating fears and avoiding simple solutions for the sake of nothing more than their own careers, and contrasts them with the postwar leaders who rebuilt Europe and Japan, put a man on the moon, and kept communism at bay. We need leaders of such resolve today, he argues, who can tackle a broken job-creation engine by restoring manufacturing to its central role in the U. With his trademark bluntness, DiMicco tackles the false promise of green jobs and the hidden costs of outsourcing. Along the way, he shares the lessons he's learned about good leadership, crisis management, and the true meaning of innovation, and maps the road back to robust economic growth, middle-class prosperity, and American competitiveness.
American manufacturing is on life support—at least, that's what most people think. The exodus of jobs to China and other foreign markets is irreversible, and anything that is built here requires specialized skills the average worker couldn't hope to gain. He not only revived a major US manufacturing firm during a recession, but helped galvanize the flagging domestic steel industry when many of his competitors were in bankruptcy or headed overseas. In American Made , he takes to task the politicians, academics, and political pundits who, he contends, are exacerbating fears and avoiding simple solutions for the sake of nothing more than their own careers, and contrasts them with the postwar leaders who rebuilt Europe and Japan, put a man on the moon, and kept communism at bay. We need leaders of such resolve today, he argues, who can tackle a broken job-creation engine by restoring manufacturing to its central role in the U.
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