Senator Byron Dorgan, D-North Dakota: "I believe in trade and plenty of it, but I want us to have trade agreements that are fair to our producers, workers and farmers. The minute you breathe a new trade plan, others will say "isolationist stooge" wants to build walls around our country. That is total rubbish! It's the thoughtless language of a debate that has become thoughtless rather than thoughtful."
Meanwhile, Fred Bergsten, the director of the Institute for International Economics, claims current U.S. trade policy is good for the country.
Fred Bergsten, Institute for International Economics: "The share of U.S. economy that is wrapped up in international trade has more than tripled in the last 25 years. The U.S. has in fact, globalized at a rate more than the EU as a group. We're twice as integrated in world economy as Japan. So, we're not only at a high level of integration, but we've increased rapidly."
Senator Dorgan also is promoting his new book, Take This Job and Ship It: How Corporate Greed and Brain Dead Politics Are Selling Out America. In the book, he makes a case for "fair trade" verses "free trade". He supports expanded foreign trade, but only if it is fair and mutually beneficial.
Senator Byron Dorgan, D-North Dakota: "We live in a global economy. I couldn't change that if I wanted to. I do not, however, believe in trade that is one sided or unfair to our country's economic interests..."This undermines this country. It pulls the rug out from American workers, pulls the rug out from American farmers and is unsustainable."