As the U.S. presidential election draws closer and the policy discussions and debate continue at a brisk pace, we’re examining the connection between public policy and talent. The gap between talent supply and demand is growing in this country. By now you know the issues and perhaps have experienced them firsthand: Shortages in skilled workers; a graying workforce; increasing competition for talent on a global scale; and a relatively short shelf-life for technical skills, making it difficult, but imperative, for workers in all types of jobs to keep up. America’s competitive advantage is also slipping. In the past five years, the U.S. has fallen from first to seventh place in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report.