Over two years ago a story I heard and the economic trends inspired me to write “I Wanna Be A Pirate”. The lyrics sat in a drawer until last summer when a song with a similar theme was released. That song was “They’re Shuttin Detroit Down”. It was time to put music to “The Pirate”. For more on I wanna be a pirate visit us at makethemwalktheplank.com — Ed Waters
Wake up America – We’re being screwed!
A few years ago I heard a story about a regular guy who, through no fault of his own, kept losing jobs due to outsourcing and insourcing. That story is what prompted me to write “I Wanna Be A Pirate”. This man’s factory was shut down and the manufacturing was sent to China (probably with the help of your tax dollars). So he went back to school and got an IT degree. Guess what? He lost that job too because there is a visa program that brings folks into this country who will generally work for less than Americans. That’s what it’s like to be an American worker today! While all our politicians are talking about creating jobs, behind your back they have voted to pass trade agreements that end up sending your jobs to China, India, Mexico, anywhere cheap labor can be found. This started under President Reagan, but really took off under the Clinton and Bush administrations. That’s right – no one party is to blame. Mark Bello, an attorney I met online, reminds me that, while many Americans are losing their jobs, many more Americans are being damaged from tainted products being imported from China, etc. So we lose our jobs and are then rewarded with cheap, dangerous products.
It costs a lot of money to run for re-election. Did you know a good part of your elected officials time is spent trying to raise money for this very thing? Where do you think they get that money? They get it primarily from lobbyists who represent special interests. So while your elected official is telling you how much he or she cares about your issues, they are really doing whatever special interests tell them to do. Our hope for America’s future is being destroyed because our politicians are for sale to the highest bidder.