The gap between the value of imports to the US and exports from the US widened in January (Imports to the US rose while exports from the US fell). Is anyone else surprised? Skill in a tradesman is not revered anymore. And with being knowledgeable and smart something to look down upon. Cutting corners and saving money no matter the cost to the product is the holy grail of business now. I would love to have real quality things. Things that are made to last, but it just doesn’t keep the money cycling in from things breaking down.