I finally got around to reading Byron Dorgan’s “Take this Job and Ship It.” I felt dirty because it took till page 147 (Trade Quotas) to disagree with him.
My three major problems with his plans to combat this problem are:
1) his promotion of trade quotas as a means to remedy the trade deficit,
2) his empowerment of National Unionism to make trade policy,
3) his ignorance of why corporations are forced to leave the country in first place.
Dorgan is a Unionism Isolationist.
Much of what he writes has the sound of something Pat Buchanan might say, but Buchanan is a America-First Isolationist and understands what constitutes a patriotic duty by corporations.
Dorgan thinks Patriotism is defined by “paying their fair share in taxes” – that is completely wrong, patriotism is defined by helping the country by enriching it’s people by paying a fair, uncoerced wage.
What all isolationists, including us Buchananites, forget is what Jefferson said “Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.”
The reason I lean Buchanan on trade is because I believe that corporations that make their money from the freedoms of this nation should be patriotic regardless of whether it helps the bottom line. The American Consumer IS the American Worker. How you treat the worker is how you treat the customer, not the other way around. Cheap goods are worthless if the Worker/Consumer cannot afford them.
The Verdict: Feel free to listen to Dorgan on what the problems are, but he’s still a great distance from what the solutions should be.