From Salon.com I think this goes hand in hand with the fact that tax increases lead to economic growth, while tax cuts lead to recessions. Demand drives economies, not supply. It's always been that way, and it always will be (edit - this is just my opinion, and I'm not an economics expert. Feel free to disagree. I'm not claiming that my opinion on this issue is better than any one else's). Our demand for cheap goods has created massive economies in Japan, Korea, Thailand, and China.