Don't get me wrong, manufacturing is still an important element to our nations economy, but it isn't the powerhouse it once was or will every be again. The emerging new economies for energy creation can help fuel a rise in manufacturing again, but lets face it, the return of high wage unskilled labor is not about to make a comeback.
Proving my point is the chart below. Scott Walker is focused on Wisconsin's manufacturing resurgence. But if the trend continues, as demonstrated below, we're in real trouble ten to twenty years from now. Elections do have consequences, and Walker's unfortunate time at the helm may be felt many years from now. The Great Recession changed the way the U.S. did business, and yet Republican policy makers are fighting against that shift.