Like other advanced industrial nations, the United States needs to get serious about incubating American manufacturing innovation. That should start with a basic appreciation of today’s manufacturing economy.

During the first presidential debate, Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump briefly discussed manufacturing, but little mention was made of the outsized role the government has played recently in mobilizing American manufacturing. This has been unlike any time since President Truman’s Korean War era seizure of steel mills. Additionally, the campaigns have been devoid of any dialogue regarding new technology that is reshaping the American factory floor or global economics.

We need to know how the candidates will address these changes.

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