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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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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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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: #330,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Loyd 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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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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Byron Dorgan really hits the nail on the head with this book. It should appeal to everybody whether or not they are "blue" or "red". Why? What good is having a political point of view if there are no good jobs?

I will admit that this review is very biased on the subject. I live in Michigan. This state leads the nation in job losses. There seems to be a conspriacy of Democrats, Republicans, and business leaders in this state to ship jobs to any place but here. I've seen the towns of Flint, Saginaw, and Detroit turn into hopeless areas with no jobs. Is this the future of America? This reviewer hopes not!

I was lucky enough to run across this book at my local book store. I sat down and read it all in one evening. This book reminds me of an economics argument I got into with a professor. He said jobs should go to where people are willing to work for little money. I retorted "that's pretty big talk for a government worker who has college tenure".

Sheeze, I agree with this book. There is no reason to have trade with China if all they are going to do is sell us second rate goods and loan us money to for our deficits. There is no reason to have total free trade with many nations because they don't have enviormental laws, employment rights laws, and many other job protections that the citizens of this nation spent years building.

Last, lots of businesses, like GM, love to run overseas for cheap labor. However, they forget the danger of nationalism. The large corporations of America lost millions of dollars when industries were nationalized by Cuba in the early 1960s. The trouble is if some company lost a factory to nationalization then they would expect corporate welfare to bail them out.

America is in a perfect storm for losing jobs.
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