Tex, by that thinking, plese let me know of any job that could not be exported, or done cheaper by allowing aliens to do all work in this country. Doctors in india work for way way less than our Doctors here. Lets import all of Indias doctors here and do away with all the rules that keep them out, and we will have solved our medical cost problem overnight. Change the rules and allow anybody to do dental work, regardless of training...after all the rules in place are only there to limit competition. The market would keep bad dentists from surviving, wouldn't it? Hell even lawyers are now being outsourced to India. If we accept this idea that we cannot compete in the world due to our income, it is simply the case that we would then have to lower our standard of living to that of the lowest standard of living if we want to compete. That means that a gallon of gas would have to cost us $25 as it does now to the average chinese person. That means that food would become our highest expense as it is for the Indian citizen. We have never competed on a dollar for dollar basis in the world before, because it simply isn't in our best interest. If you think it is, then you would have to accept that all segments of our economy including yours would have to adopt to new levels of competetion, and that means removing all barriers to competition, including licensing.I agree that these are problems. But they are not even close to being significant enough to close the gap between the labor costs of the U.S. and Asia. It's easy to find a dozen legislative or trade pebbles to throw at the problem and make a slight dent in it. But there is simply no way to close the gap between people who need $30-40/hr total compensation to live comfortably and people who need $3-5/hr to live comfortably. The value of the dollar is important in many ways and needs to be addressed. But it absolutely will not bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.