In a gentle and not too specific debate with Rick Esenberg (below), we do not quite get to this issue. But in the last few days, my thought has run along the same lines as those of Krein, i.e., yes, indeed, I am more concerned with my next-door neighbor's well-being than I am over the well-being of someone in Thailand making shirts--or for that matter, someone imported here from India to replace my neighbor in an IT position.
Rick argues, along with a large number of others, that "cheaper goods" are the point. I argue, along with a large number of others, that "cheaper goods" cannot be purchased by the jobless; and that while manufacturing may now require less people due to mechanization, it is also true that manufacturing off-shore requires ZERO Americans. That is a whole lot "less", is it not?
So yes. Who has a problem with "My Neighbor First" policy? Or "my children/my grandchildren", for that matter?
When it comes down to it, this is a battle which Capitalism will lose, and deservedly so.