Warning! The Truth is sometimes disturbing!
Let us consider the Foreign Trade Deficit. Officially the statistics show that the US economy has been falling behind in International Trade for decades. I can assure you that companies make a profit on almost every single trade made, otherwise they would close the doors. Furthermore, it is not logical that the any Country would be able to maintain a trade imbalance for so many decades. Any thinking person would conclude that there must be more to the trade deficit then appears on the surface.
Here is a question to ponder. Do you seriously think that the owners of any company are going to submit to the ridiculously high taxes that the US Government demands? Does anyone expect business owners who take the risk of investing capital into a business to just hand one third of their profits over to someone else who took no such risk? It is really counter intuitive. Companies have an incentive to under-report profits, hence the illusion of a trade deficit. It is my observation… that the high taxes in this country have turned ordinary businessmen and women into criminals. This has been a very common trend throughout all of history. The higher taxes and tribute are, the more effort people will put into beating the tax system rather then being productive.