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Wants Congress to aid U.S. manufacturing

October 9, 2010
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald
Letter to the Editor:

Rebuilding America’s Industrial Base

We must make changes now within our industrial base. Our American factories are at high risk of closing down or going overseas.We urge Congress to create jobs by rebuilding America’s aging infrastructure, enforce existing trade laws and crack down on currency manipulators like China.

We have lobbied Congress to seek climate change and energy policies that meet our nation’s environmental needs and international competitiveness.

Our industries produce products including steel, tires, glass and paper. We refine oil, mine copper and produce uranium. We build ships and make pipe for the oil industry. We support green energy technologies and invest in the infrastructure needs.

Last year the $226.8 billion trade deficit with CHina was due in part to its currency. Their yuan (coin) is under the valued by 40% less then dollar. If their yuan was allowed to raise to a proper level our trade deficit would be trimmed to about $100 billion to $150 billion annually. It would create as many as 1.2 million jobs in the United States.

We cannot sit idly by as China continues to break rules by illegally subsidizing its exports and continuing to control its law currency exchange rates.

More than 2.2 million manufacturing jobs in the U.S. have been wiped out since the recession began in December 2007. This has been going on much longer than that. More that 5.5 million factory jobs have disappeared since October 2000. America is heading for a serious decline.

A proposed $500 billion transportation plan to increase investment in high speed rail, highway construction, and greed technology development was sent to Congress. We cannot compete in the World economy and maintain and expand our standard of living as a nation unless we make a serious commitment to repair and expand roads, bridges, ports, the electrical grid, public transit, high-speed rail, school and water infrastructure is necessary. Our business will be more cost efficient and our goods more competitive and it will put people to work here in the United States. It is time to save jobs, create jobs, and secure our factors for the future.

It is time for the American worker to fight back for change. The change where our factories produce products that are “Made in the U.S.A.” We want our factors to stay in the U.S.A. and in stores across the United States products “Made in the U.S.A.” That is the future we want to go forward for the next generation. Vote for change. Vote early at your courthouse or go to the polls November 2nd. Just Vote.

Jeanne Sieck



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