There is no sign of recovery in the housing market as of yet. Food stamp use continues to rise to new astronomical levels. Many of my friends had to move back in with their parents and they aren't counted by Dept of Labor in unemployment rate because they were never in job force to begin with as they are college grads.
Also used cars and trucks are selling easier than new american vehicles. Most people don't have the money. The mainstream media has been lying for 3 years that they claim recovery is around the corner, and there was never a recovery and they knew that.
We can improve competition with imports by firing the unions and if they resort to violent protest,authorities authorized to use deadly force in response. Hire college grads who would love those jobs while working harder for less than the average union thug.