The poet William Stafford set himself the task of writing a poem a day. When someone asked him what he would do when his poem-of-the-day wasn't very good, he replied "I simply lower my standards." In order to increase output, the bar here is set at a low level - the point of this is to have some fun with current events and politics. I welcome contributions and comments. Now you can also follow Doggerelo on Twitter (@doggerelo). Because of continuing medical problems, I'm no longer able to post a poem-a-day. I'll continue to post poems, but at a reduced frequency, so please stay tuned.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

A Christmas Story

I’ll be taking a break for a couple of weeks, but while I’m gone, here are some of Doggerelo’s greatest hits, in case you missed them first time around.


‘Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the House
The Republican members were starting to grouse -
The Senate has sent them a bill that’s so bad
They just went beserk it made them so mad.

The Senators wanted the tax cut extended
But couldn’t agree on how to amend it
To pay for the revenue that would be lost
So they said for two months, we’ll cover the cost.

The House said they'd just kicked the can down the road
They told them to get back to work and reload,
Get back to the Senate and come up with a plan
That will last for a year - no more kicking the can.

But the Senate was closed for the holiday,
So Republicans rose up as a body to say
"We won’t let the Senate tell us what to do,
So we shot their bill down, we showed them who's who!'

A lot of folks say that the House has gone mad
That John Boehner's leadership skills are so bad
he can only watch from the sidelines and pray - 
the inmates are running the asylum today.

For the tail wags the dog, it’s abundantly clear
The Tea Party’s running the show this year.
There’s nothing gets done without imprimatur
From the Tea Party priests and desiderata.

The Democrats look at all this with delight
They love to see the Republicans fight.
There's one point that finds the Dems unified:
The GOP’s flirting with mass suicide.

The Democrat’s slogan you’ll see on their posters
“Republicans Raise Taxes on Middle-class Voters!”
The Democrats cackle and cheer in the night,
“Merry Christmas to us from the Republican right”. 

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