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President Obama delivering the 2015 State of the Union.

Manufacturing Gets Short Shrift in the State of the Union, Republican Response

Jan. 21, 2015
Manufacturing and business mentions in the State of the Union.

Wading into the snarkville that Twitter becomes during the State of the Union is, well, let's just say ... interesting. If you were looking for a higher-level discussion, you had a lot of scrolling to do.

Still some tweets highlighted elements of President Obama's speech, demonstrating support or rejection -- or simply the fact that a particular policy was mentioned, a position taken. Afterall, one goal of the call and refrain of the SOTU and response is to set the debate for the year, and in this year's case, potentially for the 2016 Presidential campaign.

For a manufacturing advocate like myself, I would have liked to have heard the word "manufacturing" a bit more. Here's one look at the word cloud, from the speech:

Dig into the details though, and you'll find as wide a gulf on how to move forward on these topics as whether to move forward on some others where there's clear disagreement.

What's most concerning is that manufacturing is mentioned only once in each the SOTU and the Republican response.

Is the strong focus on strengthening American manufacturing fading?

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