by Chris Baral (with inspiration from and admiration for Dr. Seuss)
Every hoodown in Hoovervilleliked their country a lot,
But the politicians,and Wall Street and the corporationsdid not…
Yes, they hated their country,no one quite knows the reason,Perhaps if they told usit might even be treason!
It could be they leanway too far to the right,It could be perhapsthat the budget’s too tight,
But I think the most likelyreason of all,may be that their heartsare two sizes too small…
But whatever the reason,their heads or their heart,they work on these plansto tear things apart…
Staring down from their percheswith a grimace and frown,as the once lighted windowsgo dark in the town…
“All those hoo girls and boyshaven’t seen anything yet!Why we’ll put all their familiesIn debt, debt, debt. debt!”
“These hoos, they want jobs,”they snarled with a sneer,“but we’ve outsourced them allhaven’t we made that quite clear?
An honest day’s payis a thing of the past,We’ll pay pennies on the dollarin China!”, they sassed!
“Why we’ll clean out their icebox,Why we’ll raise their food prices!Let’s speculate wildly,Let’s chop, slice and dices!
And then with no cashand no food in the fridge,they’ll have to shop Walmart,or how else can they live?”
Then they got an idea,an awful idea!a terribly rotten ideawe must fear!
“Why for about eighty years,we’ve lived the New Deal,We can work out a planto destroy and repeal!
We can bust all their unions,drain their 401K’s,abolish their pensions,and that’s just the first phase!
We’ll convince all those hoosto hold tight to their purses,lest they be robbedby those teachers and nurses!
Then we’ll privatize everything,their parks and their schools,we’ll leave them with nothing,those miserable fools!
Let’s abolish Glass Steagall,we’ll wheel and we’ll deal,make it perfectly legalfor the banks now to steal!
What with credit default swapsand a mortgage subprime,we’ll convince all those hoosof a plan so sublime!
We’ll get every darn hoointo deep, deep, deep trouble!They’ll buy millions of homesand create quite the bubble…
Then the bubble will burst,but by then it won’t matter,their lives for the most partwill be torn and in tatters!
and we’ll have sold all those loansand insured them to boot,we’ll destroy all of Main Streetand make off with their loot!
We’ll convince the whole worldthat these horrible hooswere reckless and greedyand they deserve now to lose…
and when we’ve robbed them all blindand we’ve left them all reeling,we’ll hold them all hostageand not lift the debt ceiling!
We’ll fill their small headswith the media lies,and then we will feed them,a satan sandwich… with fries!
We’ll plunder and purgebut let’s not stop there,we’ll take social securityand then medicare!
We’ll call them entitlementswho cares that you’ve paid?Pull yourself up by your bootstrapsyou should all be self made!
Like our masters of Wall Streetand our corporate shills,our billionaires and their lobbiesbribing Congress with bills…
The Supreme Court can rulewith an argument feeblethat while you and I breathe,corporations are people!
We’ll continue to fightin illegal wars,because war profiteeringworks for Standard and Poor’s…
Let’s put people in jailsthrow them in for the max!We can do all this and morewithout raising a tax!
Gush oil in Gulf water,global warming? No chance!Then when nothing will grow,we’ll plant nuclear plants!”
And when they had plunderedjust about all of the stuff,from somewhere in Hooverville,a voice said, “Enough!”
At first it was quiet,too quiet to hear,but then it grew louderand then it grew clear…
The hoos had all gatheredbelow hand in hand,“We’ll take back our country,we’ll take back our land!
It may be a strugglebut there’s too much at stake,our hoo sons and daughtersdeserve a fair shake!”
So let’s gather togetherto work out a planto bring social justiceand peace to our land…
One hoo, two hoo,we must all be awarethat the world can’t live onif we don’t learn to share…
In numbers, there’s powerDr. Seuss proved it’s trueand that even an elephantcan hear a small hoo!