Updated with video
Here’s an excerpt of VP Biden’s speech:
I’ve come here today with a simple message: Manufacturing is coming back. And that’s good news for America, and for America’s middle class – 430,000 new manufacturing jobs since January 2010. More than 15,000 right here in the state of Iowa. Fastest growth since the 1990s.
After years of hearing about outsourcing, a new word has come into our vocabulary: insourcing. Jobs that left the United States are coming back. Plants that closed are opening, reinvented.
…Ultimately it all comes down to the same question—the real question of this election, and the challenge of our time: Will we be a country that values the role of workers in the success of a business, and values the middle class in the success of the economy?
Or will we go backward, to the same disastrous philosophy that rewarded speculators rather than builders?
… Because to President Obama and me, rebuilding our manufacturing sector and rebuilding our country are one and the same.
…Mitt Romney has been remarkably consistent – as an individual investor, a businessman, as governor of Massachusetts, and now as a candidate for president.
Here’s a great article by Richard Florida of the Atlantic Americans Who Actually Make Things
EXCERPT: Manufacturing work is important. We should applaud the men and women who do it, and do our best to make it better, more engaging, and higher paying. The best manufacturing jobs today look more like knowledge jobs, involving high levels of analytical and social intelligence skill such as team building and developing others.
But manufacturing will not provide a viable economic future, at least not by itself.
For starters, pay for productions workers is below the national average. Their average pay is $33,700 per year, or $16.24 per hour. That compares to an average of $44,410 across all jobs, or $21.35 per hour.