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This budget disaster's inciting
No end to the partisan fighting.
Our Ship of State's tossed
...On these waves; all's not lost,
But some small boats will find there's no righting.
My parents they always took care of me
they will love me unto eternity
but the country is broke,
...and I'm going to choke
when I give them their Social Security!
The GOP's playing with fire
Not allowing the debt ceiling higher:
Their plan? Screw Obama,
...Inflict widespread trauma --
You don't believe me? Ask the crier.
I have many large bills to defray,
But our debt ceiling says we can't pay.
"Increase me," it squeals,
...But my wife says, "No deals!
We'll default. It's the Washington way."
As the pols in DC vent their spleen
Over actions that should be routine,
Our land's on the brink
...Of a crisis some think
Was created on purpose. Obscene!
Our nation's in trouble galore,
And the last thing we need is some more.
Yet pols in DC
...Feel free to decree
"I shall get what I want. This is war."
Dear Republicans, please cut your crap.
Enough with your "balance," "cut," "cap!"
While you're busily bashing
Obama, you're crashing
Our credit and markets. What pap!
John Boehner has made his aims clear
As the debt ceiling deadline draws near.
Doing good ain't his role.
"Stop Obama's" his goal.
What a cavalier, faux budgeteer.
The debt ceiling battle keeps going,
And the risk of default keeps on growing.
The GOP team
...Caused a crisis supreme.
And we're all sure to reap what they're sowing.
By Randy Hugh Farb
In the long run we are all dead.
That's what my econ professor once said.
Nevr mind the debt ceiling,
...What we need is healing
From a future we're certain to dread.
There's an end to this Debt Ceiling Fight?
Alas, nothing's quite black and white.
Each side makes its case,
If just to save face.
A pause, but an end? None's in sight!
By Zak Katz
The GOP and the DEMs think their shrewd
but their politics go beyond rude
it's Russian roulette
with the national debt
and frankly, I think we're all screwed
I've got a very bad feeling, That if we don't raise the debt ceiling
By August 2 , and push spending cuts through
The markets will begin a reeling
By Laura Shadle
First we need and we praise it.
The debt ceiling, everyone okays it.
But why do we utilize
...A panacea in disguise
If we are only going to raise it?
By Jan Michael Alejandro
A Limerick For Tess
This lim-rick is written for Tess
Regarding the debt ceiling mess
Obama v Boehner
It couldn't be planner
It's business as usual, no less
Not Impressed With Brinkmanship
We're not impressed with brinkmanship
We think you may just sink the ship
We the people say
Or watch us take a triple dip
Enough with the Accusations!
Struggling to pass legislation
Is partisan masturbation
You're using scare tactics!
A you're being didactic!
Enough with the accusations!
By Leon Schwartz
Ronald Reagan piled up a huge debt.
Georgie Bush made it much huger yet.
Now they're blaming Obama;
They've made quite a drama,
And Reagan has become their new pet.
Deal or Steal?
Our president hopes for a fair deal,
But his opponents prefer a steal.
They'd give more to the rich-
Leave the poor in a ditch,
And for health care their aim's to repeal.
Whose Fault Default?
Republicans Cantor and Boehner
Seem to think that it would be saner
If the U.S. defaults
To fill up the vaults
Of the rich whose wealth's the sole gainer.
A Political God?
Some loud pols claim that God's on their side.
They announce it with manifest pride.
Reminds me of imams,
But there are Doubting Toms
Who such arrogant claims can't abide.
By Wayne Tapia
A Group of Complainers
There is now a group of complainers
That is led by Congressman Boehner
They'll slash all the funds
But keep all the guns
Now, you tell me which is insaner?
By Hal Ackerman
The Party of Tea
The party whose beverage is tea
Thinks nations can function for free
Don't tax me, they say
But don't take away
Any services destined for me
By Molly Moran
Kicking & Squealing
It's too late to commence with mere purges
To make up for our spending splurges
Kicking and squealing
We will raise the debt ceiling
Even though Boehner's numbers are turgid.
Bad to the Bone
Some doubt debt reduction alone
Is something Congress should condone
Without spending attrition
Contain addition that's bad to the bone.
More to Borrow
An austerity belt arouses mixed feelings
About proposals to raise the debt ceiling
If we'll have more to borrow
I'll start my diet tomorrow
In an outfit that looks more appealing.