As the world’s economy spirals down the bath drain, it is amazing to think that in these days of the global economy, how much the world relied on the American consumer.  With that market failing, we are seeing a domino effect around the world.  Where will it end–who knows.  One thing that this whole issue brings to mind just how important the American consumer market really is.  (And just how stretched that American consumer really was).  My colleague talks about this most recent reminder of the importance of America in this world here:  TechOnline blog