The US, for some time now, had been headed towards a service economy, particularly in-light of outsourcing and movement of industry overseas. It's clear to me, for a variety of empirical reasons, that service economies are inherently untenable. We have a sort of popular ideal of the service economy, conjuring images of accountants dropping by Starbucks and ordering a latte from one of their clients, etc etc. Without getting into a lengthy discussion of how unfortunate many of us feel it is that "jobs are going overseas" and the like, I will say that service economies are particularly sensitive to economic shocks, and it's rarely a good thing (even in light of globalization-era interdependence) to have such a large proportion of industry specifically based in other countries. So about that dollar... It's pretty weak these days. Well, very weak. So weak, in fact, that the Euro is slaughtering it even in light of new members in the Balkans and Eastern European bloc joining the EU. But a weak dollar does have some interesting benefits. It will, on one hand, put something of a damper on my travel to other countries not tied to the dollar. On the other hand, a weak dollar greatly encourages exports. So much so that a weak enough one can incite repatriation of industry and domestic growth of export markets. So I don't know that it's such a bad thing. Am I willing to put off traveling for a while in the hopes that the weak dollar could spell something of a turnaround for the domestic economy? Perhaps.