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Campaign for America’s Future’s Dave Johnson is interviewed by host Rick Smith of The Rick Smith Show , in Wheeling, W. Va., one of stops on the "Keep It Made In America Tour" by the Alliance for American Manufacturing.
In this interview the two discuss the causes of U.S. manufacturing’s decline in the last few decades. Dave notes that the crowds gathering at the town hall meetings all recognize the importance of American manufacturing and want to see its revival. He explains that the struggles experienced by Flint, Mich., one of the first stops on the tour, in the 1980s are no longer isolated to Flint, as an estimated 40,000 factories have closed during the Bush administration. Dave and Rick discussed how deregulation, outsourcing and the devaluation of Chinese currency have allowed the American manufacturing industry to decline, leading America into the worst recession since the 1930s.