What Manufacturing Bringeth, Obamacare Taketh Away

October 4, 2013

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation reads the Internet so that you don’t have to, sharing a short list of curated blog posts for your Friday reading.


Mark Perry finds that “global trade volume and world industrial production both reached new record highs in July.”

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How workshop facilities enabled the Maker Movement of amateur manufacturers.

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The Economist profiles a recent OECD report showing the (a) the benefit of highly-skilled immigrants to receiving countries and (b) the growing wage inequalities in the countries from which the skilled emigrated.

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The Wall Street Journal explains how the United States became the world’s No. 1 energy producer.

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Casey Mulligan writes on how Obamacare is wrecking the American work ethic. According to his research, the law will drive up marginal tax rates to more than 50% for many Americans.

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The Economist explains why the debt ceiling matters.

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Max Fisher discusses how the Queen handled Australia’s 1975 government shutdown. That is, by firing everyone in parliament.

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Why are Singapore and Hong Kong so much richer than the United States? Perhaps because we’re looking at them completely wrong. When we compare these city-states to America’s own metropolitan economies, they look far less impressive. Relative to the rest of the world, Singapore only ranks 14th behind such areas as Hartford, CT ($79,900 per capita). Indeed, the United States accounts for 36 of the world’s top 50 metropolitan economies.

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NASA is testing its own flying factories, aiming to put 3D printers in space soon.