I read a lot of articles about manufacturing. I suppose I should get out more, but I find the subject very interesting. I came across three interesting articles earlier this year written by members of the Brookings Institute. I would recommend them all to you; they take all of about five minutes to read.
Howard Wial is the author or co-author of all the pieces. Wial is a fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program. He writes alot on manufacturing and blogs on it at the New Republic. I spoke with him on the phone and he is very nice, insightful guy. And he, unlike me, gets to visit factories with the President.