The problem with politics is all the politics. But in among the posturing (which is about deciding who's idea everyone has to follow), we learn things. In among one such conversation, I noticed that the jobs most Americans are likely to be doing (now and into the future) are those that literally cannot be exported. Quoted from another thread: Studying this chart, the only job category (1 out of 30) that is exportable (and even then not entirely) is customer service rep. In every other, the job has to be done locally. You simply can't pay someone in China or Bangladesh to help patients, bust tables, unload ships or cut down trees that are located here. A job that is lost is a job no one is willing to pay for or pay as much for. So the jobs we have left, fall into a few (loose) categories: specialized skill - especially those jobs that change faster than can be replicated elsewhere or are more advanced protected - by a variety of laws and lawmakers manufacture with natural advantage - we can make it cheaper because of cheap water, lumber, natural gas manufacture of large items - products to large to be imported economically production of perishable items - products to delicate to be imported economically (restaurants and food factories) owned - you own the company and decide not to replace yourself locally necessary - the chart above I'm sure I'm leaving important examples out, but my point is the same. Locality was not the parameter of this chart, it's only about popularity. But locality has become so important, its now the cause of popularity. Put another way, the majority of Americans are now (or are soon to be) doing jobs, not because we are better or more efficient than other countries doing the same jobs, but that these jobs are impossible to do elsewhere.