The Great Debate

Manufacturing’s false promise of a decent payday

By Catherine Ruckelshaus and Sarah Leberstein
November 26, 2014

An employee works on the assembly line at the General Motors plant in Asaka

Manufacturing, economists say, is the key to our nation’s economic recovery.  

Auto plant wars sparked decline of industry

May 25, 2009

dewar-headshot-150x150— Robert J. Dewar is a former Ford Motor Company general foreman and author of A Savage Factory: An Eyewitness Account of the Auto Industry’s Self-Destruction. He currently lives in Cincinnati, OH and runs a successful packaging business with his wife and family. The views expressed are his own. —

One rule for banks, another for autos

April 1, 2009

jimsaftcolumn6— James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own —

There is one law, it appears, for failing U.S. automakers but sadly quite another for similarly failing banks.

Electric cars will not cure environmental woes

December 18, 2008


— Diana Furchtgott-Roth, former chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor, is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. The opinions expressed are her own. —

Don’t let U.S. automakers delay restructuring

November 19, 2008

morici— Peter Morici, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Business and former Chief Economist at the U.S. International Trade Commission, testified before the Senate Banking Committee on the proposed bailout for the domestic auto industry. The following is his written testimony to the committee. The opinions expressed are his own. —