Friday, March 20, 2009

Lesson 1: How our Economy Failed

Hey! Where's your manners?
Wha'dya s'posed ta say?
These nice financial planners
are there to save us
each and every day,
teach us how their game is played.

When they are running low on cash
they call in a favor
from a government official
who brings $$$ right on over,
No Questions Asked.

Now business carries on again,
our forefathers did not forbid
them to party like the Romans,
bonus their minions
with our billions.
Oops! Bummer! Gentlemens' chagrin:
caught both lyin' and stealin'
Let the Beggin' Begin!

Pretending it was obvious
tax Bail money was for business,
no part of government asked
for an accounting or a receipt,
not a letter, not an email
of how they spent the Bail.

(That can't be true;
they're just "copping
to a lesser"
crime of stupidity,
of "I don't remember"
rather than their
shameless thievery.)

CEO's make hay and play and hideaway
tax money from 'sharecroppers' pay;
we feel a bit taken aback,
then realizing we've been had,
it's NOT all good;
we're fightin' mad!

Drag in Mr. AIG and make him swear the truth,
blindsided Congress hollers
"what have you done with all the loot?"
Mr. AIG is a gentleman,
remaining serene and cool;
he says he is offended (!)
by Congress' oafish fools.

Barney's frank next time he speaks
and tells it like it is:
the interviewer asks
"Why can't we take it back
and prosecute these deeds?"

Barney answers, with effect,
our laws allow for that,
except in the case
of the "Too Big to Fail"s.

A tipping point
is reached
when Corporations amass so much
of the nations' resources,
they pass into a "Nirvana" where
they follow only rules of theirs
and (drop your jaws)
they are no longer subject to ours,
or any,