A shift back to home: US exports are up
from Delany Martinez
In addition to the raw materials that comprise the manufacturing process — plastic, metal, wood and so on — there's an invisible ingredient that can be found on every assembly line if you know where to look: politics. From the restrictions that artificially drive up scarcity for some components to the freedoms that make others easily available, the decisions of the U.S. government have an outsized impact on manufacturing as a whole. Recent trade metrics highlight a move toward self-reliance, albeit at a pace that some would say rivals a particularly patriotic glacier.
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