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President Joe Biden has lately been celebrating the triumphant return of “Made in America.”

Catherine Rampell / Washington Post
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post

“‘Make It in America’ is no longer just a slogan; it’s a reality in my administration,” Biden said last week. Days later, he boasted about “finally bringing home jobs that have been overseas for a while.” These are among many comments touting a supposed manufacturing comeback, based on recently-announced plans for factories that will produce semiconductors, electric vehicles and fiber-optic cables. It’s these new factories, Biden says, that will power job growth “from the bottom up and the middle out.”

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