Americas economy is a consumer and information economy. We are the worlds marketplace. There are pros and cons to this, the major con is that it makes us more volatile. After 9/11 the economy tanked; then the war happened, which should have reenergized the economy like it did in WWI, WWII, and Korea with Japan's economy, but it didn't. Why not? Because we were no longer a production economy. The billions of dollars governments spend to go to war went overseas. I have a friend whose father worked in production, and was assured that NAFTA would have no affect on jobs; however, two weeks after NAFTA was signed, he was laid off, the plant closed and production shipped overseas. There is a large portion of the population that are unacquainted with production work, which was the legacy of the United States. We crave the stability and solid growth of a production economy, we do not want another .com bubble and crash of the 90s.