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Take This Job And Ship It

2007 non-fiction book by U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan

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The American worker has been sold down the river!

  • Dec 2, 2008
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Memo to Senator Byron Dorgan: I suggest that you stick to your day job.  You probably do not have a big future as an author!  Having said that, I must commend Senator Dorgan for at least being willing to speak out on these monumentally important issues.  "Take This Job and Ship It: How Corporate Greed and Brain Dead Politics Are Selling Out America" spells out for everyone the incredibly short-sighted trade policies that our government has promoted over the past 15 years.  Most Americans are still blissfully unaware of the debilitating ramifications of the NAFTA and GATT treaties that this country signed onto in the 1990's.  To his credit, Senator Dorgan (D-ND) has been an outspoken opponent of these dubious policies throughout his congressional career. Good paying American jobs have been disappearing by the tens of thousands each month and we have NAFTA and GATT, our so-called political leaders in Washington and corporate America to thank for it.  It is a bloody mess and unless we reverse course real soon most Americans will continue to experience a steadily declining standard of living.  As things now stand the future looks pretty bleak for the average American worker but as Senator Dorgan constantly reminds us it does not have to be that way.
If this book accomplishes nothing else, "Take This Job and Ship It" can serve as a basic introduction to the issues that most American workers should be far more familiar with. If you are wondering why all of the good manufacturing jobs seem to be disappearing and lament the fact that more and more of your family members, friends and neighbors are working as clerks at big box retailers then it might be a good idea to grab a copy of this book and get yourself up to speed.  Perhaps then you will begin to understand why these ludicrous trade agreements have put most American companies at a severe disadvantage in world markets.  Workers in places like Mexico, China and Indonesia often earn less than fifty cents an hour!  Moreover,  in many of these nations children are forced to work in factories for up to 12 hours a day!  Add to that the fact that in most of these nations there are very few environmental restrictions and you will quickly understand why highly trained and productive Americans workers simply cannot compete!  All of a sudden that $8.00 shirt you bought at Wal-Mart or Target does not look so good on you does it?
Throughout "Take This Job and Ship It" Senator Dorgan points out the who the good guys and the bad guys are.  He cites one example after another of solid American companies that have become casualties of our "brain dead" policies.  And he makes a number of practical recommendations on how we can go about repairing the damage and making America competitive once again.  As I alluded to earlier, "Take This Job and Ship It" will never be counted among the best written books you will ever read.  And I would agree with another reviewer who criticized the total lack of references in this book.  It is clearly not a very scholarly work.  For those who are well read and pretty familiar with these issues then I would suggest you pass on this one.   For everyone else, reading "Take This Job and Ship It" would serve as a pretty good introduction to these issues.

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December 09, 2008
Another great review! Thanks!
December 09, 2008
Wonderful and thoughtful review. Although this book may not be "scholarly" it certainly sounds like a good commentary and could certainly help people understand what has been happening to our jobs and why!
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Senator Dorgan is sounding the alarm: With our country up to our neck in trade debt—$2 billion a day—as we import energy and export jobs, it is long past the time to tackle the trade crisis head-on.

By outsourcing hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs, American companies are essentially hollowing out our economic base, and with the current White House beholden to Big Oil and cronies straight out of the Gilded Age, no one is guarding the rights of the American worker. Take This Job and Ship It is not just a dire warning—it also offers many sobering cures before our current policies put American national security even further at risk.

Senator Byron L. Dorgan has served twenty-four years in the United States Congress. He is currently serving his third term as senator from North Dakota. In 1998, Dorgan was named the chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee, a position held by many before they become Majority Leader. From 1996 to 1998 he served in the Democratic leadership as Assistant Floor Leader. He is a member of four Senate standing committees—Appropriations, Commerce, Energy, and Indian Affairs—as well as of thirteen subcommittees.
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ISBN-10: 031235522X
ISBN-13: 978-0312355227
Author: Senator Byron L. Dorgan
Genre: Nonfiction, Economics
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Date Published: July 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
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