Well, I said it a while back the Big 3 should go under. They are a lost cause, but nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooo!!! Some people still think manufacturing jobs are critical to this country's survival. That is so 19th century thinking. The Depression was a different era and it was saved by manufacturing jobs indeed. But today America is a different country with different economic landscape. What work back then won't work now. Well, money spent, what's the point of crying over spill milk now? We may as well suck it up and admit that we screwed up again and we only have ourselves to blame.
Simple math question, with all numbers by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and US Census Bureau.
We have, at this point in our history  196Million eligible working aged, able people [this eliminates retired, under 16 and SSI disabled]. Right now we have 154Million JOBS on payroll and the number is going down at a rate of 500,000+ per month at this point. I said JOBS instead of WORKERS because some people have 2 or more JOBS and they count twice in the 154M number.
Our country is growing, the current population is 305,840,400. By 2020 it is expected to be 341,387,000. That is just 11 years from now.
Without a manufacturing base, where do you anticipate having a worker base large enough to support a minimum of 65% of that target population? We have zero economic sectors on the horizon that will accommodate a GROWTH of worker capacity to address the shortfall of jobs to worker ratio that we are experiencing both NOW and will certainly have over the next years. Manufacturing is the ONLY way to generate jobs of sufficient volume to accommodate that level of population.
So the question. Where, if not manufacturing?