Monday, June 15, 2020

Congress giving (more) money to US manufacturing?

China’s technological ambitions are eliciting rare bipartisan agreement in Washington, with lawmakers considering investing tens of billions of dollars in America’s semiconductor industry over the next five to 10 years to help the United States retain an edge over Beijing. 
A bipartisan measure introduced this week is one of several proposals that would provide substantial funding for the semiconductor industry, which manufactures chips that serve as the tiny brains or memory of electronic devices from smartphones to fitness trackers. 
The efforts reflect a shifting consensus in Washington, as lawmakers look to more expansive government intervention in private markets to help American firms compete. That includes Republicans, who have long criticized government-led industrial plans as inefficient and redolent of communism but have watched with dismay as such efforts in China have allowed it to dominate industries from steel and solar panels to shipbuilding...
It's pretty amazing to watch the moves towards the direct subsidization of American manufacturing. One imagines that this may begin to happen with the pharmaceutical industry as well, especially on the manufacturing side.* Overall, I suspect it will produce more boondoggles than be actually successful, but we shall see. I'm skeptical. 

*If the COVID-19 recession continues, maybe this will change, but I still don't see Americans volunteering to put a chemical manufacturing facility in their town, I just don't. 


  1. It's a presidential election year.  Both parties are trying to convince the voters that they are looking out for the welfare of the American worker by giving money to the organizations that had orginally exported their jobs.

    On the plus side, corporations will be given money without the US becoming involved in a new war. Tech firms may be able to devise a way to generate electricity from the spinning of Adam Smith and Ayn Rand in their graves. It also provides proof the "free enterprise"is an oxymoron.

    1. If only someone had had the foresight to slap magnets on Smith's corpse, and then wrap his coffin in copper wire....

  2. Sadly it is too late and a dime short, even if the bill passes. So, these %^**% morons gave a permission to set up manufacturing setups in a thief's paradise (aka, China) and now are planning to reverse it? Going nowhere!


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