01-27-2017, 08:04 AM
Very good point. Hate to derail this thread, and the subject deserves it's own thread, but American cannot export as many goods as it imports because we consume to much compared to other countries.
The US represents about 6% of the world population but consumes over 20% of the goods, services and raw material. If the US consumed 2/3 less than they do now, then we would could achieve this "idea" of equal trade. A byproduct would be there would be an equal standard of living. That would put the US worker on equal economic status with that Mexican worker; not something that would go over very well in the US.
The thought that we could domestically manufacture everything we consume in the US would be a strain on the raw material and resourses. If we tried to triple the output of labor in the US, that would require an massively large number of immigrant workers. That is not happening anytime soon in the Trump administration.