Gary Locke: Department of Commerce Delusionist


Yes I made up a word.  So what, how else can you describe Commerce Secretary Gary Locke’s testimony before congress on March 2, 2011.  Locke was there to talk about the future of manufacturing in America.  As I excerpt Locke’s remarks the absolute falsehoods and incorrect assumptions, plus the proof of agenda will become apparent.  Let’s look at Lock’s comments as provided by his own department at: http://www.commerce.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2011/march/secretary_locke_mfg_testimony_030211_final.pdf Here we go.  After thanking the senators for having the hearing Locke says this.

Without a doubt, domestic manufacturing production is vitally important to the United States, ensuring both our national and economic security, and providing good-paying jobs to millions of Americans. Maintaining a vibrant U.S-based manufacturing sector is necessary if we are to protect our citizens, create good jobs, foster innovation, and ensure that our nation retains the capacity to make products that we, and the rest of the world, need to transition into a cleaner, greener economy. In short, manufacturing matters.

To make products that we and the rest of the world need to transition into a cleaner, greener economy?  You mean like light bulbs?  I wonder of Secretary Locke knows that our Presidents best friend and CEO of GE Jeffrey Immelt closed all the American light bulb factories and moved them to China.  I am sure he does.  So why would he make this statement?

He then gets to the meat of his statement.

The U.S. manufacturing sector has changed dramatically over the last 30 years. The challenges that currently face our manufacturing sector are a result of two important and fundamental shifts. First, we have seen a dramatic improvement in productivity in the manufacturing sector, a resulting rapid technological change in how we make products. This was most recently evidenced by the introduction of computerized ‘smart’ production processes. Second, the growth in worldwide manufacturing capacity and trade has presented challenges in a world of ever-increasing competition. U.S. manufacturers are operating in a world of vastly increased global competition. Overlaid on these two fundamental shifts is the rapid evolution of consumer demand for what is produced—products have ever shorter life cycles and consumers expect new, improved versions to rollout with increasing regularity

Wouldn’t increased use of disposable products help manufacturing in this country?  Funny that Locke mentions the fact that the shift was over the last 30 years.  The EPA and OSHA were founded in the early 70’s and really sunk their teeth into the manufacturing sector over the last 40 years.  Could that be one of the challenges that Secretary Locke failed to mention?  While I will admit that work place injury and death have been reduced both of these agencies have merely become taxation arms of the Government.  Often the fines levied by them are overly aggressive and nothing more than a tax on business.  That could be a challenge, right Secretary Locke?

Oh wait, he did acknowledge federal regulations.  But he never really says it he just eludes to it.  By trying to compliment the business sector for its forced compliance to federal standards.  He said:

In particular, to remain a leader in manufacturing the United States cannot allow others to set the pace in the development and production of the services and products that go into a greener, more sustainable economy. To remain competitive in the global marketplace, our manufacturing operations must be at the forefront in energy and resource efficiency, and innovate to meet and exceed increasing demands for cleaner production and sustainable consumption.

Too late Mr Locke.  We are already losing our innovative edge and our power in the world.  Why do you think that is?  The reality is you know but do not want to say.  How odd.

One of the things that made this country great was its manufacturing base. The folks who got up every day and put their boots on and went to the factories to make the products that Americans use.  Not everyone can afford a college education.  Not everyone can attain that goal either.  Some people have to drive the nails.  If the world had no carpenters (Note: Lots of carpenters have gone to college.  I am trying to make a point so ease up here) who would build the houses?  Here is a sad fact pointed out by the Secretary himself

In 1979, there were 19.4 million manufacturing jobs in the United States. In 2010 there were only 11.5 million workers employed in the manufacturing sector. Moreover, the skill mix of manufacturing workers has also shifted. The need for highly skilled workers in the manufacturing sector is growing as a result of changes in technology, which is why the Obama Administration is investing resources to make sure the U.S. workforce has the skills needed to fill manufacturing jobs now and in the future.

7 million jobs just went away in this one sector in 30 years!  That is a lot of people who had good jobs that are now doing something else.  But what?

Secretary Locke is upbeat and positive about the outlook for business.  Here is one comment that his own agency will refute.

Over the past year, the manufacturing sector has been leading the economic recovery. The sector has increased employment for the first time in over a decade, and manufactured goods exports have increased by 16 percent over the last year.

Here is a graph from his own website showing the overall decline in manufacturing.

Just for the record there was a spike when we had cash for clunkers and the appliance buyback from the stimulus.  That is that large false spike in 2008-2009.  Then it dips again in early 2010 and slowly rises.   That is the spike the secretary is speaking of.  2011 the trend is down again.  When will we all get the fact that these people are just out-and-out lying.  I also know that chart is about inventories and sales but the level of inventories directly effect jobs.Nothing else could be said about them.  Let’s continue so you can see the real agenda.

The government also has an important role to play with regards to innovation. All advanced governments invest in basic and applied research. The challenge is for our nation to make private and public investments in science, engineering, research and development that will ensure that the United States is the world’s leader in innovation for decades to come. However, there is a growing concern that further decline in American manufacturing could have broader negative effects on overall economic performance. It is not enough to only invent products here. The “invent it here, manufacture it there” economic approach is not sustainable. We must be able to make things here in America, and without this capability it may become increasingly hard to invent things here in America.

His last statement here is correct.  We need to build it here but there are plenty of businesses who would prosper without government expenditure.  Locke says “All Advanced Governments invest”.  Which ones would that be?  China?  Russia? Japan?  Folks we are the exceptional government because we established this country on the premise that the Government was to get out of the way and only assist the growth of business.   People like Secretary Locke and President Obama want the Government to dictate the margins of production.  It is time to stand up and say enough.

I will close now,but you get the idea.  This man and his boss are calling for more federal money to be spent.  They are calling for more stringent green policy. In short they want control.  We the People are the only ones who can stop them.  Our Politicians won’t.

 

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3 responses to “Gary Locke: Department of Commerce Delusionist

  1. Good article and provides a look into the heart of darkness, eh?

  2. SpeakUpNJ

    2010 Dept of Commerce Budget $22Billion…How about this…based on above they are really not doing much at all to improve America’s Commerce…so…Let’s cut 80% and leave a smaller 20% Dept of Commerce in place to “monitor” US Commerce…and not meddle with it uselessly! OK? Hmmmm…so how can WE see this but Democrats and Republicans can’t “find any where to cut spending?” Hmmm, Hmmm, Hmmm…

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