One of the 27 nations in The United States of Europe, singly, without the help of its 26 other sister states in that union, is the largest exporter in the world:
Germany has been the world’s largest exporter of goods since 2003 and its companies have exported just under $1000bn worth of products, almost as much as the UK, France and the Netherlands combined. Indeed, exports generate some 40% of German GDP.(Management Today). The economic propaganda at home in the United States of America is a fable of two economies, Wall Street vs. Main Street.
That is not a true picture in the ultimate sense, because my figures indicate that China has taken over second place after Germany, with the United States of America dropping to third for the first time ever.
The major difference among these nations is that the United States of America has been fighting wars for the past 30 years (which believe it or not folks, takes money from the economy then blows it up somewhere in the foreign world, takes money from the middle class and poor, giving it to strange countries lots of folks can't even find on a map) while the other nations have not been warring.
The toll these U.S. wars take is not just millions of homes lost, jobs lost, lives lost because health care is too expensive to afford, savings lost, and hope of the American dream lost.
The actual toll is damage to the nation as a whole, damage to economic institutions, and damage to the future of the nation.
The intellectual warmongers who have had the strongest influence on the nation for three decades, and counting, are doubling down in the face of this reality.
The imperialistic militarism that sought the oil of Iraq is now seeking the oil of the Americas:
The United States is massively building up its potential for nuclear and non-nuclear strikes in Latin America and the Caribbean by acquiring unprecedented freedom of action in seven new military, naval and air bases in Colombia. The development – and the reaction of Latin American leaders to it – is further exacerbating America's already fractured relationship with much of the continent ... And, this being US foreign policy, a tell-tale trail of oil is evident.(Independent). The political reality in the United States of America is that the military oil complex governs here.
As long as that is the reality behind the scenes, there will be economic problems for the middle class and poor.
UPDATE: Evidently China has now overtaken Germany as the #1 exporter.