It does bother me just how oblivious some people have become to the industry that makes European (or North-American) middle-class life possible. Our skylines may no longer be punctuated by factory chimneys, but the veritable deluge of manufactured goods we import still comes from somewhere. There's an opportunity to use our outrageous wealth to build a sustainable local economy - but instead, we gorge ourselves on ever more elaborate landfill-to-be, and try to outsource poverty to nations abroad. Then, as you say, there's the army of workers closer to home. How often have you heard drivers cursing the road-repair gang for causing congestion?