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We cannot help anyone by driving down the standard of living and wages of American workers. The engine of the American economy is consumer spending. The outsourcing of American industries and jobs means no one has the disposable income to support the American market. Development for any country occurs behind trade barriers. This is how America became an industrial powerhouse. If you want countries to really develop, you should encourage them to impose trade barriers behind which their infant industries or products can be protected and nourished. Foreign trade should be limited to items that cannot be produced within the country. The world's economy needs to be decentralized. With the globalized dependence on trade, when one part fails, the whole structure is in danger of collapse. When an independent national economy fails, this failure does not involve the whole world. These are simple concepts and not difficult to understand. World trade as a concept defies micromanagement and -organization.