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Take This Job and Ship It: How Corporate Greed and Brain-Dead Politics Are Selling Out America Hardcover – July 25, 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; First Edition edition (July 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031235522X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312355227
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,276,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1970 the largest U.S. corporation was General Motors, with employees who stayed with the company for most of their working lives. Today the largest U.S. corporation is Wal-Mart, which has a 70 percent turnover rate. Dorgan is concerned about the implications of that shift in employment status and stability for the standard of living in the U.S. He looks beyond the economic and philosophical arguments, using vignettes to describe the bottom-line competition of large corporations that has resulted in the loss of three million U.S. jobs in the last five years. He cites a long list of U.S. companies and brands that have moved operations overseas, including Fruit of the Loom, Fig Newton, and Radio Flyer. Dorgan cautions that American consumers are in denial about the cost of the cheap goods they buy in terms of job loss and the exploitation of overseas workers. After lauding a host of those who have spoken out on the issue, including Warren Buffett, Ross Perot, and Bill Moyers, Dorgan offers some suggestions, including repealing tax breaks for exporting jobs. Vanessa Bush
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“Senator Byron Dorgan is one of the few elected officials of either party who have consistently and unwaveringly defended the interests of American working men and women and their families. His commitment to our country and the truth is inspiring. His book is a trenchant and timely examination of America’s so-called free trade policies and the exorbitant cost to our middle class and our nation.” 
—Lou Dobbs, “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” CNN  “I watched Senator Dorgan take on the powerful interests in the U.S. Senate, and this book shows that he is still at it. Our country’s trade policies are a scandal, and Dorgan has the guts to expose it and name names. He also tells us how to put our country back on track. This is an important book that might finally call our country to action to protect good jobs and our way of life.”
—Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings, Chairman, Senate Commerce Committee, 2001–2004 “Senator Dorgan reminds us that politics can still produce prophets who see the world for what it is and for what it can be. Conventional wisdom has failed—a flat world is not a healthy world. Read this book and sign up to fight for an America that works for all Americans.” 
—Bill Moyers, “Bill Moyers Journal” (PBS), author, and former White House press secretary
“If you think that no one in Washington gives a damn about about corporate greed and the decimation of America’s middle class, you haven’t met Senator Byron Dorgan. In Take This Job and Ship It, this modern-day Prairie Populist pops the greedheads right in their snouts, using both facts and a stinging sense of humor. Byron’s book is both a rallying cry and a blueprint for action. If you believe America is headed in the wrong direction and you want to do something about it, read this book, then help us elect more Byron Dorgans.” 
—Jim Hightower, author of Thieves in High Places and former Texas Commissioner of Agriculture
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Customer Reviews

This is a very easy book to read and understand.
Senator Dorgan's book is absolutely an incredible revelation of what is happening in America to our businesses, jobs and workers.
Walter Seely
It is five stars because I learned a great deal, and because it is an important book.
Edwin C. Pauzer

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Loyd E. Eskildson HALL OF FAME on July 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"Moving jobs to China and running profits through the Cayman Islands to avoid taxes undermines American workers and threatens out future" - so begins Senator Dorgan's "Take This Job and Ship It." Our trade deficit now increases by $2 billion/day, and our total deficit (federal government and trade) is $1.2 trillion/year.

In 1970 the biggest U.S. corporation was G.M. - for most employees, it was a ticket to lifetime employment, and for all it provided good wages, pensions, and health care. Today it is Wal-Mart, with an average salary of $18,000, 70% turnover the first year, and large numbers without benefits. About three million have already lost their jobs to out-sourcing, and Alan Blinder, former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board estimates 42-56 million jobs could be sent abroad, while many of those remaining will be competing with those paid much less in foreign lands.

Dorgan goes on to assert that about 750,000 U.S. jobs have been lost via NAFTA, and the three largest imports from Mexico are autos, auto parts, and electronic - displacing high-skilled American jobs, contrary to pre-implementation projections. Even Fig Newtons are now imported from Mexico. We have gone from a $1.3 billion surplus with Mexico in 1994 to a $45 billion deficit. Meanwhile, the U.S. poverty rate increased for the fourth straight year (to 12.7%) in 2005.

The problem is no longer limited to blue-collar workers. Senior software engineer salaries have been driven down by outsourcing from $130,000 to $100,000 in a few years (IF one is still employed). Airline maintenance has also been exported.

Meanwhile, while corporations make record profits through outsourcing, their tax payments dwindle.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Edwin C. Pauzer VINE VOICE on June 19, 2007
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From the very beginning, Senator Dorgan, the author, speaks from his heart and soul about what is wrong with America, and what can be done about it. You can sense his strong sense of duty and the obligation he feels toward his fellow Americans, and the frustration he feels in being thwarted by a republican-dominated congress. (This book was finished before the recent congressional election that gave congress back to democrats.)

Senator Dorgan laments the exodus of jobs to countries that have broken their trade agreements with us, and have made our trade deficit soar. This exodus has not only caused three million Americans to lose their jobs, but it has also compromised our national security. Parts for our bombs and planes are made in foreign countries. It has allowed countries to flood ours with their imports while keeping ours out by tariffs. Mexico is exporting contaminated and decayed meat that is lining our meat counters. And Dorgan attacks the now familiar Walmart because they pay their workers so poorly and a health care plan that costs so much, they must use public assistance.

He is concerned about a congress that represents corporations rather than their constituents. He is concerned about a congress that allows them to export jobs and commodities and then charge them a low tax rate of only 5.4 percent to bring the money back into the country. He is angry that pharmaceuticals are allowed to export their products where they are sold at less than half the price charged to Americans. He is also angry that they claim the cost is for research when they are spending so much on marketing. (Anyone ever see a commercial with two people in separate bathtubs--when the moment is right?)

This book is well-written.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Huston on September 9, 2006
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Last night I sat up until the wee, small hours reading this slender book by an American Senator. Byron Dorgan, a senator from North Dakota, is surprisingly honest for a politican, something that I find remarkable in this day and age. In this slender book of about two hundred pages or so, Senator Dorgan takes a hard look at what is happening in the United States today. And he's not shy about pointing at his own class -- i.e. politicians -- and saying there is something terribly rotten here.

After introducing himself and his background, Senator Dorgan goes forth to talk about the economic policies that are currently driving the US economy. To say that I was shocked and appalled by some of the data he presents was an understatement. I found myself getting angrier the more I read, especially when I discover that most corporations pay only five percent in income tax, if that much. Most of them have set up offshore shelters in the Caymans, most particularly, at what is known as the Ugland Building on Church Street, where more than 12,000 companies have set up as their 'offical place of business.' Many of those companies manage to outsource jobs with the American government's blessing of massive tax credits, usually with dire news for the average American worker. But that's not the worst of it, it seems.

American wages and workers are being steadily driven into the ground by cheap labour found overseas, generous tax-breaks for the wealthy, and a callous disregard for those of us out there who work. Dorgan saves his ire for two particular sorts -- the mega-corporations, especially Wal-Mart and their policy of substandard wages, no benefits, no health insurance and shipping in vast quantities of cheap goods from China.
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