Selling Out a Superpower: Where the U.S. Economy Went Wrong and How We Can Turn It Around (Hardcover)

Where the U.S. Economy Went Wrong and How We Can Turn It Around

By Ronald R. Pollina

Prometheus Books, 9781616142155, 352pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2010



In 1968, there were sixty-two lobbyists in Washington; today there are thirty-four thousand, outnumbering members of Congress and their staffers two to one. By 2008, these lobbyists were spending approximately $8.2 million for influence per day. Few, if any, of these lobbyists represent the majority of Americans in the middle class. So it's not surprising, given these statistics, that real median household income in America has stagnated for over a decade.
This hard-hitting book documents that a combination of special interest groups and their army of money-peddling lobbyists, along with government mismanagement of business and the economy by both parties, have betrayed the American middle and lower classes for the last twenty years. The result is a host of misguided laws and policies that have driven jobs and whole industries offshore, never to return.
The author takes issue with those who emphasize the potential benefits of globalization without taking notice of its many negative effects on American society. He also argues that inept policy threatens to derail the American economy permanently and that our economic malaise is more than a short-term reaction to a financial market collapse or global market forces. He cites critical areas where changes must be made to reverse the negative trend:
- Improving our 1950s-era educational system to produce a workforce able to compete for 21st-century jobs.
- Reform of tax codes that have been driving companies and jobs offshore. We are currently a nation that manufactures practically nothing
- Weaning all levels of government away from deficit spending, which drains economic power
- Pursuing free trade that also means fair trade.
- Ending the cycle of credit-card debt and all-too-easy mortgage credit to finance ultimately unaffordable lifestyles.
- Making the United States more business friendly, so companies will grow and provide desperately needed jobs here at home.
The author warns that unless we implement these and other recommended changes, the American economy will inevitably decline while China, India, and other up-and-coming nations ascend. He maintains that all is not lost. If we follow the course he sets, we can reinvigorate and renew our economy, rebuild America's greatness, create 21st-century jobs, and more. This book provides a roadmap for reclaiming American preeminence.

About the Author

Ronald R. Pollina, PhD (Park Ridge, IL), is the author of the nationally recognized Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States Study, which is published annually. He is the president and founder of Chicago-based Pollina Corporate Real Estate, Inc. The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Financial Times, Business Week, and Forbes magazine frequently quote his opinions on geoeconomics and corporate location.

Praise For Selling Out a Superpower: Where the U.S. Economy Went Wrong and How We Can Turn It Around

"No single book I have read this year comes close to explaining what has occurred and what must be done to avoid a bad, sad future for the next generation of Americans."

"Any political or economic college-level collection will find this offers fine discussion material."
-The Bookwatch

"Pollina not only lays out a comprehensive diagnosis of how American economic might declined over multiple decades and produced the cataclysm of today, but also provides a thorough prescription to restore U.S. confidence at home and abroad. He pulls no punches…and calls upon economic developers, business executives, and other community leaders to reinvest in the fundamental building blocks that historically made America great: education, R&D, manufacturing, work-force training, less cumbersome government regulation of business, and a more competitive tax environment. Most importantly, he straightforwardly calls for an end to mortgaging-the-future debt and a return to fair and balanced trade policies… This book is both a compelling read and a challenging formula. It should not be ignored… "
--Ron Starner, general manager of Conway Data Inc. and Site Selection magazine