The president has touted the resurgence of manufacturing in America in two SOTU speeches. He has stated among other things that our manufacturing sector is adding jobs, 620,000 new manufacturing jobs over the last four years, for the first time since the 1990s. This resurgence is fueled by abundant natural gas production, which the President stated in a trip to the Marcellus Shale region outside Pittsburgh on January 30th. At this event, President Obama and US Steel CEO Mario Langhi provided some much-needed context into how the steel manufactured there is used in our daily lives. More specifically, the steel made at this facility is being used to manufacture pipelines needed to bring natural gas to our homes. And while the steel industry manufactures and provides pipelines, the natural gas industry has supplied steel plants with cheap natural gas, which keeps production costs down. Interesting that the President takes credit for increased manufacturing that largely comes from natural gas derived from fracking which he and his supporters abhor via pipelines that he does not approve. He says his administration has launched two hubs for high-tech manufacturing. One is in Youngstown, Ohio and is focused on 3-D printing and one focused on energy-efficient electronics in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has announced the next two advanced manufacturing hubs. One is in the Detroit area, and the other is in Chicago, Illinois. All these hubs are partnerships that bring together companies and universities to develop cutting-edge technology, train workers to use that technology, and then make sure that the research is translated into real-world products made by American workers. Sound good? Well it is supposed to sound good. But doe sit make a difference or just spend money? We will have to wait and see.

"We do these several times a year with various speakers ..."

from The Gray Area:

The Washington Post, and other left wing new outlets, stressed the point that Shell contractors were paid 'overtime' to attend President Trump's rally at the Shell plant in Pennsylvania. But, they buried the lead.

12 - 14 paragraphs down in these articles you get to the following relevant points:

We do these several times a year with various speakers,” a Shell spokesman Curtis Smith told Newsweek in a written statement. “The morning session (7-10 a.m.) included safety training and other work-related activities.”

Another Shell spokesman Ray Fisher explained that the workers onsite have a 56-hour workweek, with 16 hours of overtime built in. That means those workers who attended Mr. Trump’s speech and showed up for work Friday, meeting the overtime threshold, were being paid at a rate of time and a half...

Mr. Fisher said Friday that “this was treated as a paid training day with a guest speaker who happened to be the president.” He said workers engaged in “safety training and other activities” in the morning. “It’s not uncommon for us to shut down the site for quarterly visits from VIPs — popular sports figures like Rocky Bleier and Franco Harris have visited the site to engage with workers and to share inspirational messages. Shell/Penske NASCAR driver Joey Logano was another guest at the site,” Mr. Fisher said.

Hype reins in the headlines and first few paragraphs of these news organizations. You have to read all the way in to get real news worthy information without the hype.


The 2020 Democrat candidates need some large crowds. Why don't they schedule at trip to the Shell plant? They are used to paid attendees.

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