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(To tune of “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” by George and Ira Gershwin)


Things have come to a great impasse
And the blame flies “tit for tat”
The Republicans want one thing
But the Democrats don’t want that
Oh I fear a sad end we’ll see
Will democracy fall flat?
This great nation born no longer one
Something must be done.


You’d cut spending with budget axes
I’d trim spending and edge up taxes
Spending, taxes, budget axes
Let’s call whole thing off

I say public and you say private
You’d kill health care and I’d revive it
Public, private, kill re-vive it
Let’s call the whole thing off


But oh, if we call the whole thing off
Then we might start to think
And oh, given proper thought
We might do what we ought


Cut big spending and raise some taxes
Stop pretending to grind no axes
Feed-up, knowing
To hell the country’s going,
The people call the politics off
Let’s call the whole thing off

 Lyric: © 2011 by Robert S. Steinberg
 All rights reserved
Previously published in American Bar Association, Section of Taxation News Quarterly, Tax Bits, Fall, 2011.

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