Industry Week magazine reports the findings of a “survey of 1,200 Americans that shows 97% have a favorable view of goods manufactured in the United States. Moreover, there is a high level of support across the electorate for strong Buy America programs for public works”. It continues:
Republicans (87%), Democrats (91%) and independents (87%) all favor Buy America policies, according to the survey released Monday by the Alliance of American Manufacturing.Even when presented with arguments from critics of Buy American about higher costs and increased taxes, voters supported Buy American policies by a wide margin.
The survey found that 53% of voters rate manufacturing as the industry “most important to the overall strength of the American economy.”
With this level of strong support, why isn’t Congress and the President making stronger inroads into improving the business climate?
It’s been studied and documented by numerous organizations on what it takes: lower corporate taxes, loosen up on regulations that hinder manufacturers, etc. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has developed a “Manufacturing Renaissance” plan that you can see here.
Probably because they are mostly lawyers with no business background and never having run any kind of organization and simply just don’t get it!
See the full Industry Week article here.