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Tuesday, 14 October, 2008 1:16 PM

John Engler Discusses the Future of U.S. Manufacturing at Detroit Economic Club

Photo by Jeff Kowalsky

Governor Engler at the Detroit Economic Club on October 13, 2008.

by Garrett Godwin
ggodwin82@yahoo.com

 

DETROIT -- This speaker of the latest Detroit Economic Club meeting said that "History is very important so we can learn the past and not repeat their mistakes." Though Monday marked the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in America, it was also the day that the federal government shut down. But this was also the day that the Honorable John Engler returned home to Michigan from his Washington, D.C. residence to speak on behalf of the DEC on the topic of "New Leadership for America - What Does It Mean for U.S Manufacturing?" Monday's meeting was Engler's first since 2005.

"The process of restoring global stability," he stated, "isn't going to be easy. There is no quick fix; it involves hard work and dedication from the people. The goverenment does have a critical role to play in restoring confidence. We need to fix our infrastructure -- for it is old, and [we must] work out problems."

Engler is known to the state of Michigan for serving three terms of Governor, and what he like about the job was the idea to work with the legislature to solve problems as well as tackling the toughest issues, such as the unemployment rate, which is now increasing -- along with the rate in mortgages.

"The chaos around Michigan," he continued, "has led to not only financial suffering, but also missed opportunities. There are times like now that the challenges are overswhelming. I'm disappointed in where we are [as the state of Michigan]."

Now President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), he is the main supporter for almost 14 million Americans employed directly in manufacturing, educating the public and policymakers on issues that affects the critical sector of the nation's economy. The organization's interests includes seeing stability restored -- which means supporting the bailout package.

"It is important to pass, according to Engler, but this isn't a global problem. Without the package, the problem would have been a larger recession."

Engler champions the panel for maintaining America's competitiveness through lifting unnecessary burdens: excessive taxation and regulation, the rising costs of health care, expensive litigation, and increasing energy costs:

"It will come as no surprise to this Detroit Economic Club that I continue to believe strongly that getting the fundamentals right is essential to success. The fundmentals include a better, smarter tax policy; a national energy strategy; educational accountability; a commitment to economic growth that comes from trade and support for leadership to get things done...Today, unlike the 80's, the government's having to play a larger role when the public is anxious about our financial system."

"Michigan is a hole, but it is time to pull together -- time to get busy," Engler commented. "The 21st century will not have national security without economic stability, and Michigan must lead the way."

LISTEN: John Engler Speaks at the DEC (68 sec.)

LISTEN: More Remarks from John Engler (54 sec.)

 

 

 

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