With the winds of a trade war blowing and a nationalistic trade policy front and center, I fully appreciate the battle cry to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States. I fear that the reality of accomplishing this goal quickly is going to be far more difficult than most people fully comprehend.
And, one more thing: In the past 20 years, automation and advanced manufacturing have proliferated. The manufacturing factory of circa-2000 looks nothing like today’s factory - sure, the factory may come back, but the jobs that it brings will be much fewer in number and much more high-tech in nature.
Read the full perspective at forbes.com.