@hamje32 - I think you’ve hit a nerve, but I am not sure it’s always a bad thing if there is a little deficit. After all, the cheap goods from China make it possible for people to increase their standard of living here by buying products that they can afford.
At any rate, I think it’s important to have an accurate picture about the nature of our imports and exports. There are a lot of things that the U.S. still exports, like technology, medicine, industrial products, plastics and so forth.
The export industry is not dead in the United States, despite a few imbalances here and there.