Ray Fischer added these comments in the current discussion du\njour ... \n[QUOTE]\nData from 2006 is "very old"?\n[/QUOTE]\nIf one is as skeptical about this as the person making these \nstatements, then it is understandable why they would use any \ntechnicality to discredit the web site citation. \n\nI am not privy to direct knowledge on American imports and \nexports but also not nearly interested enough to do scholarly \nresearch or even a quick Google to find out, but if I did look \ninto this, I'm sure that my eyes would be wide open on how many \ncountries are our trading partners, the often strange \nimport/export restrictions other countries have, and the breadth \nand depth of the commodities both goods and services that are on \nthe global market.\n\nIt helps to be at least fair and open minded when new knowledge \nlike this comes in as most of us are far too busy worrying about \nour own jobs and our families to really be mindful of the full \ntrade picture.\n\nI'm not a particular fan of so-called globalization because I \ndon't think that the playing field is fair for American goods in \nforeign markets, resulting in wholesale outsourcing of millions \nof jobs in every sector of the economy. That said, though, before \nI would advocate gross changes in our laws such as repealing \nNAFTA and CAFTA or instituting rigid reciprocal agreements like \nJapan and serveral European countries do to protect their \ndomestic industries, I'd want American made goods and service \nquality improved and the price lowered. This is an extreme \nchallenge due to huge disparities in wages and salaries, even to \nthe point that "greenfield" plants built in the American South \npay only half what Northern unionized plants pay. It is both a \ncomplex and a politically charged discussion that transcends even \nthe current real or manufactured financial crisis.