Did Trump Create the Bump in Reshoring?: Page 2 of 2

2016 tipped reshoring jobs into positive territory. Finally, more manufacturing jobs came back into the US than left.

Initiative has created a scoring sheet on the competitive factors in US manufacturing. The goal is to get the list – scored by weight – in front of the Trump Administration and lawmakers who can push for changes that would be friendly to US manufacturing. “We put together a competitiveness toolkit that identifies the actions the government could take to bring back jobs. You can use it to estimate how many jobs would come back,” said Moser. “Actions include lower taxes, a lower dollar, higher skills, lower regulations. We score each one of these to see how much a difference it would make to bringing back jobs.”


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Michael Bandel's picture
There are a number of troubling things being said here. First is that arguably any reshoring in 2016 and Q1 of 2017 has little to do with Trump. People who think a President has that kind of influence on actual economic policy that early in their administration needs to be forced to hand write a copy of the constitution. Second, Harry Moser is talking out of his you-know-what when he says we (the USA) have high corporate taxes. This is a flat-out lie that shouldn't have been quoted.

Thanks for the non-partisan opinion. *giggle* The country was fairly certain early in 2016 that our next President wasn't going to a Socialist/Communist/Marxists/Democrat running on the DNC ticket and by the middle of the year we knew it was going to be the America loving Democrat running on the RNC ticket. I don't think you can give any one person all the credit, but to pretend the last election and Trump had no influence is ignorant, if not just stupid. And, all of our taxes are too high.

"America loving Democrat?" I think you may have meant Republican, but regardless, it makes no sense either way. It was not clear early in 2016 who was going to win. In fact, after reading this article, I could claim that resourcing was the result of the fact that everyone thought Hillary was going to be in the White House. Trump did not win the popular vote, BTW. He squeaked by with the help of the electoral college. This article + your comment = nonsense.

Pres. Trump has definitely put an edge on buying American in his stump speeches and tweets and that he is (imo) about the most vocal advocate we have had on the subject in decades. Good for him. Free trade is a complex issue for folks to understand, but it should be easy to see the error of saying one thing and doing another. Mr. Trump (and family): bring back your own clothing and apparel manufacturing from the Far East sweat shops, then tweet about Ford and Mexico plants all you want

Someone at Design News must have wanted to start a political fight because, regardless of which side of the aisle they, or any of us, are on, we all know the title alone was enough to start one. I can see the humor in it and go all the time to political sites for "fun", but just seems that a technology themed "magazine" ought to avoid it. Hell even the non-politically themed article will get some political junkies claiming all kinds of proofs that their political beliefs are true and scientific!

Yep, can't get away from political junk - even on a technical website. If Design News wants to water down its technical content with political uselessness then I'll get my technical news elsewhere.

Agreed. Doesn't seem relevant to a tech blog. Also, the article cited says nobody actually knows how many jobs were reshored - it is extrapolated from a drop in imports. So a political foodfight on a tech blog around fluffy data...

As Michael Bandel mentioned earlier, where in the heck do people get the idea that corporate taxes are high in the United States. They used to be very high, in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, when, BTW, we experienced the greatest prosperity ever. Trump, Clinton, and even Sanders, have had nothing to do with job resourcing. These things are based on market forces and nothing more. Looks to me like Trump-backers are scraping the bottom of the barrel looking for positive impacts of his election. Give it up

Anything that shapes up economically so far has nothing to do with Trump, but if at all with the previous administration. Trump's policies (are there any?) could not have any effect, it doesn't work that quickly or retroactively. Nevertheless, Trump is quick to take credit for it. The numbers lack an important figure: how many jobs were lost for good? If in the past year 388k jobs were reshored but 500k eliminated we did not gain anything.


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