I've come to the conclusion that the re-industrialization of the U.S. economy (read: bringing back manufacturing and manufacturing jobs) cannot be accomplished through current business and government leadership - they have all failed. So, I propose a new route based on creativity, self reliance, and the abandonment of the idea that U.S. firms can't produce quality goods at competitive prices.
The current manufacturing model of outsourcing isn't a sustainable construct nor is the mindset behind it. This article from Manufacturing & Technology News gives a glimpse of the misguided and dangerous economic philosophies driving policy and business.
We can reinvigorate manufacturing in the U.S., but only if we get rid of the stale business and political leadership that chooses a path of self interest and decline. I'll be writing more on this subject over the coming year.