Neither Sen Obama nor Sen McCain has placed a high emphasis on manufacturing. Neither home page lists "manufacturing" as an issue even though one or both list: "immigration," "border security," "rural," and "urban policy." Senator Obama's nomination speech word count was: healthcare, six; energy, three; immigration, one; and manufacturing, zero. Neither candidate appears to realize -- or is willing to tell the public -- that in a world in which two billion low-wage workers are rapidly being trained, given access to modern technology, and able to interact instantly, the real incomes of all US workers will, inevitably, stagnate or decline -- unless dramatic steps are taken to make the manufacturing sector more competitive. Manufacturing means the employees and owners of US manufacturing facilities. It does not include the foreign facilities of US-headquartered companies, or their need for low-cost offshore sources.