On this trip, I have decided to leave my laptop at home and simply make use of the many internet cafes that have popped up all over Europe. They are easy to use and cheap. For example, one hour of computer use in Geneva costs only 4 Swiss Franks. For the sake of simplicity, let's say that's $4 an hour.
On the uneventful flight from New York, I had the chance to read the Swiss International in-flight magazine. A short article informed me that the pharmaceutical industry in Switzerland is responsible for 1/3 of their total annual exports!
Imagine that and think about the importance of this single industry on the welfare of an entire country. Of course, most of the Swiss companies are also global entities (think Roche and Novartis). So, not only do they generate over half of their income from sales in the United States but most likely the largest share of their profits.
All of this reminds me of the adage "Don't slap the hand that feeds you." There is entirely too much of that going on in the USA today. Or, perhaps there is just not enough effective counterpoint to it from the industry.