This fact can no further be evident than the bustling boom in the tech sector which disproportionately benefits tech companies and venture capitalists in California as well as financial institutions and private equity firms in New York. The manufacturing engine of the Heartland has withered and died thanks to the GOP obstruction and focusing on social wedge issues that do nothing to put food on the table and instill the sense of American pride that our grandparents had. This I will change by actually legislating programs that benefit the 6th and bringing those federal dollars into our district and keep them here to circulate so all in the 6th can prosper.
The dirty truth is that all the manufacturing jobs of our grandparents are gone and moved off to China and others in the Far East. Unless we are willing to suppress American wages down to $2/hour those jobs aren't coming back here. Anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. But this does not need to spell doom for the 6th. My top initiative is to bring high-skill, high-pay, high-dignity manufacturing jobs to the 6th. The DACH region and Benelux have shown that western capitalist governments can continue to invest in manufacturing where their workers can enjoy high salaries along with the personal fulfillment of continuous training and education and not only compete, but thrive in the global marketplace. Building off the recent successes in bringing Ultium Cells and the under-construction Intel production facility here to our district, I will direct federal programing to create a advanced materials manufacturing hub in the Ohio River Valley so that this nexus will spawn many innovate high-tech manufacturing small businesses much like our neighbors across the State in Dayton already do with Wright-Patterson AFB.
The 6th has its heritage in mining and steel, and I intend to bring that heritage back and pull this sector into the 21st century. I was an Air Force Scientist officer, so I've seen through our classified programs a window into the future of what is possible. While CA and NY like to talk about tech and software, I *know* that the biggest roadblock to progress in tech are the chips that they run on. Software is nothing without hardware and the performance improvement of systems be they military or otherwise are overwhelming realized through the advanced manufacturing of hardware and the development of advanced materials. All one has to do is to take go down to the 10th and see what they are doing at WPAFB or the surrounding areas in Beavercreek, Kettering, and Fairborn and see how the programs they are working on can benefit from advanced manufacturing steel from our district. Likewise, the carbon fiber and nanomaterial revolution is nearly upon us only for us to seize with a stroke of the President's pen by authorizing an advanced manufacturing hub in the 6th that takes our coal and rare metal mining and puts them to use in high-skill applications to build the next generation of machines the world can use. If we must mine for coal, why are we listening to the GOP who's only bright idea is to burn this valuable resource.
Speaking of burning coal, it is high time we rekindle the spirit of the 1940s. As the US Air Force which is near and dear to my heart was born form this era, so was the unleashing of the power of the atom during the Manhattan Project. I refuse to believe we have lost our innovative spirit and will instruct the Dept of Energy to initiate the “Marietta Project” finally directing the full federal funding of a nation-wide program to commercialize fusion energy. A national moonshot program for commercializing fusion will bring unprecedented economic growth to our Nation but more importantly to us, this moonshot will require advanced Ohio Valley steel and advanced rare earth metals and trace gasses from Ohio Valley coal.
None of this can happen without the mobilization of a highly-skilled and highly-motivated workforce only of which our unions can help mobilize. I will direct the Dept of Labor to develop an unemployment and continuous training scheme that will be managed by sector-wide unions based on NAICS codes or otherwise that will charged, much like in the Dept of Defense, to maintain the well-being of the “Reserve Force” of workers in their sector. This will be done by authorizing unemployment benefits and insurance to be managed through the unions as well as unions being the primary public vessel providing inputs to the Dept of Labor on sector-wide standards of training and education for our highly-skilled workforce of the 21st century. This will encourage union membership and ensure workers will have access to unemployment and healthcare even if laid-off while also have access to training to keep their skills current so that can quickly reenter the workforce.