Liberals are carping about the lack of skills by US citizens, but it’s not true. We are fully capable of doing the jobs required by the manufacturing companies we need to make goods to sell to the US markets. Most of the engineering jobs that will come with this manufacturing activity can easily be filled by US citizens. We are also able to provide welders and technicians to build the pipelines and border walls we need.
We’ve been here before. In the 1970s, the US economy slumped and we laid off millions of manufacturing workers and engineers. In the 1980s, we cranked up the electronics industries with the PC and electronic controllers and community colleges quickly trained electronics assemblers and technicians. We had no trouble finding engineers or production workers.
The workforce will follow the jobs if the jobs are real. But there needs to be evidence that the jobs are there and then the workers will sign-up for training.
We took another hit in 2008 with the mortgage meltdown and laid off more workers and moved more jobs overseas, but we still have enough workers to support the work we will need to do.
Companies will want to be able to recruit foreign engineering students by offering H1b sponsorship like they have always been able to do.
The panoply of products being promoted by some companies include products that are questionable. This includes self-driving cars and other esoteric hallucinations.
Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader