SAN JOSE, Calif. – Lost your job to outsourcing? Phil and
Anne feel your pain. The veteran duo of folk protest music wrote and performed a song at a café here recently about the all-too-familiar phenomenon in Silicon
The song, "My Job's Across the Wide Blue Ocean,"
is sung to the tune of “My Home’s Across the Blue Ridge Mountains.” Its lyrics
(below), like many of Phil and Anne's protest tunes quickly turn to a call for
policies that support people over corporations.
"They keep cutting taxes and the jobs go away
[because] cutting taxes doesn’t make jobs stay," the lyrics say. "Tax
breaks just mean higher profits, and the jobs just keep going overseas,"
Phil and Anne play a wide range of folk music under many
names. Some of their most pointed protest songs are sung as part of the Annie and the Vets trio, including a moving tribute to the Vietnam War Memorial,
"Touch a Name on the Wall." They also play traditional music under
the stage names of Ambergrass and the Flatpick Sidekicks.
Do you agree or disagree with Phil and Anne's populist
views? Perhaps you have a lyric for a similar or opposing view set to another
tune. We'd love to hear your opinions and rhymes.
Wow--Flat picker-- read the article. Interesting--but the math is simply wrong. The assumption are also all wrong. For example--The author is looking at in a static business case with no outside pressure from competitors! Certainly you can agree that taxes at any rate won't help if your competitor is making widgets cheaper, selling them cheaper and driving your enterprise out of business?
I hope the people that look at the video take the time to follow the link to the article that inspired the song.
Government policy controls outsourcing, not the worker. Americans cannot work cheaply enough nor become un-union enough to keep jobs here. Only government policy can keep jobs here. The article explains the tax structure that makes it profitable to lay you off or send your job out of the country.
Feel sorry for Phil & Anne. But the job outsourcing is inevitable. Obama's current efforts of going around the world for bringing jobs back to America is like bringing back water in teaspoons after a drought.