In stoking the fears and anger of U.S. manufacturing workers, Donald Trump promised to bring jobs back to America.
Here’s the problem: There is nowhere to bring back the jobs from.
The Knowledge@Wharton article titled “Can Trump — or Anyone — Bring Back American Manufacturing?” points out that “manufacturers have shed more than 7 million jobs while producing more stuff than ever. … Eighty percent of lost jobs were not replaced by workers in China, but by machines and automation.”
The YouTube video “How the Tesla Model S is Made” shows the Tesla factory with 160 robots and 3,000 employees.
It demonstrates the current and future impact of advanced robotics.
Trump needs to check out the facts before making any assertions.
“He chided GM for selling a Mexican-made version of the Chevy Cruze in the U.S., even though the vast majority of Cruzes sold here last year were made in Ohio,” according to a Jan. 6 article on www.huffingtonpost.com.
There are many cars that are ultimately assembled in the U.S.
However, none of the vehicles is composed entirely of American-made parts.
The reason is because there are supply chains that go back and forth across national borders.
In the Knowledge@Wharton article, Professor Stephen Kobrin asks, “What happens when people realize they’ve been taken. When people realize he can’t bring back jobs and that they are not better off than they were two years ago?”
Peter Thiel’s famous quote will absolutely resonate with them: “We were promised flying cars and instead what we got was 140 characters.”
Welcome to the fraudulent “Twitter president.”