The pundits haven't been shy about this, so it's good to see this in Michigan news headlines. The Detroit News reporting:
Experts back up McCain's jobs claim
Michigan economists predict a bleak future for manufacturing, workers in the state.
Ron French / The Detroit NewsEconomists say there's little debate on the dust-up over Michigan's economic woes that has two leading presidential candidates arguing over one of the state's prime kitchen table issues: Are the state's manufacturing jobs ever coming back?
"The relentless trend in Michigan and the United States is that manufacturing jobs will continue to decline," said Dana Johnson, chief economist for Comerica Bank. "Nothing is going to stop that trend."
At a debate in South Carolina Thursday night, Mitt Romney, a Michigan native and former governor of Massachusetts, attacked Sen. John McCain of Arizona as a pessimist over comments he made earlier this week. McCain told a crowd in Grand Rapids that the thousands of manufacturing jobs that had left the state in recent years are gone forever. "I disagree," Romney said. "I'm going to fight for every single job in Michigan."
Anyone believing manufacturing jobs will return to Michigan is "in a time warp," said Littmann, who is a supporter of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. "And you don't want those jobs, because they're susceptible to increases in automation."
Romney is pandering, and as I noted earlier today, is throwing millions of dollars to play on the desperation of Michigan voters who deserve better than false promises.