LIAR!LIAR!LIAR: A Poem

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LIAR!LIAR!LIAR: A Poem

LIAR!LIAR!LIAR: A Poem
Fri, 1/25/2013 - by Matthew Sotak

We have hundreds of millions, for politicians to vie

For the right to control us, their honesty belied.

They promise the moon with a gleam in their eye,

While they secretly form alliances with the money magi.

"I've always been more honest than that other guy!

He's a much bigger crook than I," they decry.

So we vote for the best of the worst, and stand by

To see more of our rights signed away. Say "bye, bye."

They can't pass a law to benefit those who vie

For the poor in the nation: "Go call your rabbi."

But Corporations and Bankers: "Hell yes, we'll comply!

They must have finances, we can't let them die.

We'll bail them out, we'll be their ally,

The taxpayers will pay. So what if they cry?"

We've taken their houses, they've moved into a sty.

Their jobs cut their pay, their benefits have run dry.

Food stamps and medicare, people starving: "Don't cry.

"We can't find the funds, we've got bombs we must buy.

"The terrorists are coming" has been their constant cry,

"We've got to spend trillions to defeat these guys."

So we bomb millions of innocents - "collateral damage," oh my!

We have 900 bases, all on standby

To support corporations, steeling oil in Sinai.

"We demand cooperation, like it or die!"

Jamie Dimon lost $2 billion and laughed a reply:

"Oh, I guess we were stupid." His subordinates fried.

Regulations? "Hell no!" he says with a sigh.

"We'll police ourselves." When will we stop these guys?

So honesty and integrity, they're in short supply,

The media's complicit, they help spread the lie

That it's our fault we're broke. "Suck it up," they decry.

The middle class raped, sold low and high.

The promises made, just pie in the sky.

The liars grow wealthy, as they continue to apply

Austerity to the masses, as the liars fly high.

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