One set of exchanges at the presidential debate that’s not likely to get much coverage was over how Romney and Obama would bring back good jobs.
Romney: “…if we do what I am planning on doing, which is getting us energy-independent, North American energy independence within eight years, you’re going to see manufacturing come back jobs because our energy is low-cost. They’re already beginning to come back because of our abundant energy.”
Romney went on to say that getting tough on China would also bring back jobs by leveling the playing field on currency.
Obama: “Candy, there are some jobs that are not going to come back, because they’re low-wage, low-skill jobs. I want high- wage, high-skill jobs. That’s why we have to emphasize manufacturing. That’s why we have to invest in advanced manufacturing. That’s why we’ve got to make sure that we’ve got the best science and research in the world.”
Obama’s view of energy was that we need to invest in alternative fuels and technology, not just drill and spill our way to prosperity.
Which is the more forward thinking world view when it comes to advancing the economy? Protectionism and the same old energy strategy, or investment and research? Seems obvious to me.
Read the debate transcript for more clues. They’re in there.
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