Anyone have any opinions on this? (Beating the mods to it - keep it unpolitical). Even Walmart has announced all of their self-produced lines will be manufactured within the US. Chinas' skyrocketing cost of labor has made it nearly equal, and cheaper in some cases (large products that are expensive to ship), combined with increasing cost of fuel has made it cheaper to produce in the US than paying for it to be produced elsewhere. Infact 21% of manufacturing companies are preparing to move most, if not all, of their manufacturing back in to the US and we are going to finish 2013 with a positive figure in manufacturing jobs for the first time since the '90s or so (before someone cites the figure yeah it's only a net gain of 2,000 so far this year but that beats a loss of 500,000...). Some economists are predicting a gain as high as 100,000 next year and nearly all of these jobs are in the "middle class range", which varies greatly by region.