Arlo Guthrie’s 1972 hit, written by Steve Goodman, is playing as Muzak in the local Seven Elevens here in Tokyo this week, along with the Captain and Tennille’s “Love Will Keep Us Together” from a couple years later.
It’s got me thinking of the lyrics as I continue to work on my EEOC administrative charge with IBM Japan. The other day, I let the U.S. Embassy here know that it’s still an outstanding matter.
In the Washington Post, the Senate is talking about skipping any efforts to extend the Obama tax cuts (so-called “Bush Tax Cuts”, even though Obama asked Congress to keep them in place, and even added to them) This would only be in the time before the election, and so that the Senate could focus on passing legislation to encourage U.S. companies to bring American jobs home!
In response [to concerns of voters anxious about the economy], Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and other key Democrats this week unveiled a bill that would offer businesses a two-year payroll tax holiday on jobs repatriated from abroad. The measure also would end subsidies for certain manufacturing companies that do business overseas or close U.S. plants and move them offshore.
“It is resonant,” said Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (D-N.D.), one of the bill’s sponsors. “Somewhere around 20 million people woke up without work today. We’re trying to find a way to put an end to the incentives to move jobs overseas.”
What the public doesn’t appreciate yet, is that even when the American job is located overseas, how difficult it is made for the American to keep it! This is an aspect that has had zero press, even though there are an estimated 4 million Americans overseas, and maybe 50,000 right here in Japan.
The best thing would be to bring American jobs home, but the next best thing would be to make sure an American isn’t cheated out of the job when he or she is overseas!
P.S. I like the part where Guthrie says, “I didn’t want to wear this, either.” Very proletariat!