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Pope Francis in a papal paper yesterday criticized trickle-down economics and the “idolatry of money.” Clearly countering the Gordon Gekko motto, “Greed is good,” the Pope referred to a “New Tyranny,” of unregulated Capitalism that will increase power for the few and worsens poverty for the many.  “Such an economy kills,” and, is “unjust at its roots,” he said, pointing to the growing inequity of this Darwinist system of rewards.

(To the tune of “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” by Julie Styne and Stephen Sondheim from the Broadway show “Gypsy” (1959) performed in the original stage show by Ethyl Merman)

Something smells, something stinks.
All the narrowness Rush Limbaugh thinks
But the Pope, is no dope
He says: “everyone cover your noses.”

What is rank? What is foul?
All those free-market cultists who growl.
“All for one. You’ll get none.”
People: everyone cover your noses

Cynics grinning. Get a whiff of the air.
Most not winning; Hope for their future is thinning.

Self-inspired. All for self.
Put morality up on the shelf
Want no rules.  Trash Gibran.
Don’t be fools.   Read Ann Rand.
Pretentious self-made-winners greed propels.
People: everyone cover your noses,
Cause something here smells.

Lyric © by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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