By Whitt Flora, Tri­bune News Ser­vice

Calhoun Times - - SECOND FRONT -

to — boost­ing the num­ber of U.S. manufacturing jobs.

Sec­tors that have ben­e­fit­ted from Trump’s pro­tec­tion­ist poli­cies in­clude so­lar panels, wash­ing ma­chines, flat screen tele­vi­sion, steel and alu­minum manufacturing.

So far, manufacturing jobs are in­creas­ing across the na­tion, es­pe­cially in dis­tressed cities like Buf­falo, N. Y.; Louisville, Ky.; and Huntsville, Ala., where U. S. firms aban­doned their plants for the al­lure of cheap over­seas la­bor but now are “reshoring” jobs lost to for­eign out­sourc­ing.

Ob­vi­ously there re­mains much more for Trump to do to re­verse the la­bor drain from Amer­ica that claimed 5 mil­lion manufacturing jobs since 2000.

Rat­ings agen­cies, like Moody’s, have re­sponded to Trump’s 25 per­cent tar­iff on im­ported steel by im­prov­ing the in­vest­ment pic­ture for the U. S. steel in­dus­try.

Sim­i­larly, the Amer­i­can alu­minum in­dus­try is see­ing in­creases in stock val­u­a­tion be­cause of Trump’s 10 per­cent tar­iff on im­ported alu­minum.

Tar­iff pro­tec­tions for U. S. steel and alu­minum have not only re­sulted in an im­proved out­look for in­vestors in both in­dus­tries but have trans­lated into more jobs and greater manufacturing ca­pac­ity in the United States.

Trump, like un­suc­cess­ful 2016 Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Bernie San­ders, promised to act against coun­tries like China, which had enjoyed an un­bal­anced trade re­la­tion­ship with the United States that ema­ci­ated Amer­ica’s bluecol­lar la­bor force and the lo­cal economies that were left shat­tered by job loss.

Since Trump re­tal­i­ated against Amer­ica’s manufacturing com­peti­tors in Asia and Latin Amer­ica, U. S. com­pa­nies are think­ing twice about off- shoring manufacturing.

Some are opt­ing to assem­ble prod­ucts at U. S. fac­to­ries, us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of do­mes­ti­cal­ly­made com­po­nents and those man­u­fac­tured abroad.

For this “one foot in Amer­ica, one foot abroad” pol­icy, com­pa­nies are seek­ing tar­iff re­lief for com­po­nents that re­quire cost- pro­hib­i­tive as­sem­bly line in­stal­la­tion.

These par­tial U. S. manufacturing firms, while not per­fect, are a step in the right di­rec­tion and help take the sting out of un­in­tended

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