KICKING THE CAN ON DOWN THE ROAD

Congress is again trying to postpone addressing tough budgetary issues but passing another short-term government funding bill.  Nothing new here.

KICKING THE CAN ON DOWN THE ROAD
(To tune of “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Oscar winning song from 1969 Best Picture movie, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman)

Kicking the can on down the road
When responsibility becomes a heavy load
Congress won’t decide
They just kick that old can again a little bit further

Because, to make a decision takes a stand
And taking a stand in an election’s year is banned
Campaign suicide
So, they just kick that old can again a little bit further

But they must surely know
They’re putting on a show there
And we know here
A country kicking cans is heading nowhere

Because, kicking the can on down the road
Is just like the hopping of a narrow-minded toad
Feeling satisfied
But toads never make it to the end of a long road
Your feet are free
Kick them out of DC

Lyric © 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018 by Robert S. Steinberg
All rights reserved

KICKING THE CAN ON DOWN THE ROAD – 2015

Congress is back in session.  We can expect a lot of can kicking.  The immigration reform can; the tax reform can; the highway funding bill can, the debt limit can to name some.

KICKING THE CAN ON DOWN THE ROAD
(To tune of “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Oscar winning song from 1969 Best Picture movie, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman)

Kicking the can on down the road
When responsibility becomes a heavy load
Congress won’t decide
They just kick that old can again a little bit further

Because, to make a decision takes a stand
And taking a stand when an election’s near is banned
Campaign suicide
So, they just kick that old can again a little bit further

But they must surely know
They’re putting on a show there
And we know here
A country kicking cans is heading nowhere

Because, kicking the can on down the road
Is just like the hopping of a narrow-minded toad
Feeling satisfied
But toads never make it to the end of a long road
Your feet are free
Kick them out of DC

Lyric © 2011, 2014, 2015 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
All rights reserved

CONGRESS WISHES YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS (2014)

CONGRESS WISHES YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS (2014)
(To tune of “Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas” by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, as performed by Judy Garland in film, “Meet Me in Saint Louis.”)

Congress wishes you a Merry Christmas
With a last Hurrah!
Sounds familiar: Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah!

Congress wishes you a Merry Christmas
What a spending bill.
Stuffed with so much pork it’s smelling like road-kill.

Tis the season of merriment
To the Senate send some elves
And to the house where smug members rent
Seats and represent themselves.

Next year we will have another congress.
An angry one, and-how!
We may come to wish for this pathetic sow
And Congress wishes you a Merry Christmas now.

Reprise
Congress wishes you a Merry Christmas.
Isn’t Chutzpah bold?
They’ve upped campaign funding limits by ten-fold.

Why three-cheers for the candidates?
In all fifty states? What for?
Millionaires have selected them.
And elected them. What’s more –

Next year we will have another congress.
A better one? No – how!
We may come to wish for this pathetic sow
Your congress wishes you a Merry Christmas now.

Lyric © 2014 by Robert S. Steinberg
All rights reserved

GOODBYE CONGRESS

GOODBYE CONGRESS
(To the tune of, “Goodnight Sweetheart,” by Ray Nobel & Jimmy Campbell (1931))

Goodbye Congress,
ends another session.
Goodbye Congress,
Midterms have you guessin’.

You’ve done nothing,
the while you were here.
So, go off somewhere.
Somewhere and please stay there.

Immigration
sits while you purport to,
serve the nation.
If we could deport you,
There’d be,

No more voting.
No more endless self-promoting.
Goodbye Congress.
Goodbye.

© 2014 by Robert S. Steinberg,
Esquire All rights reserved.

 

IVE GROWN ACCUSTOMED TO DISGRACE

IVE GROWN ACCUSTOMED TO DISGRACE
(To tune of, “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Your Face,” by Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe, from the 1956 Broadway Show and 1964 film “My Fair Lady)

I’ve grown accustomed to disgrace
from what is broken in DC.
I’ve grown accustomed to the noise
of politics, the ploys,
No highs, just lows.
Embarrassing, but shows

Are what’s expected up there now
Can one respect dishonesty?
Who had declared our independence
were extraordinary men.
Sorely we could use a
Thomas Jefferson again.

But he is nowhere in that place.
There’s none like him around.
So, I’m accustomed to disgrace.

Lyric © 2014 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
All rights reserved.

KICKING THE CAN ON DOWN THE ROAD – 2014

Were congress a car it would have only one gear – political overdrive – no neutral, no reverse, and certainly no work-on-governing drive. With mid-term elections looming near and 2016 positioning already begun, congress is in lock-down.  Immigration reform, tax reform and other serious issues languish while our glorious constitutional institution kicks the can on down the road some more.  I’m republishing a 2011 post, with minor editing changes, to show how some things never change.

KICKING THE CAN ON DOWN THE ROAD
(To tune of “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” by Burt Bacharach and Hal David)

Kicking the can on down the road
When responsibility becomes a heavy load
Congress won’t decide
They just kick that old can again a little bit further

Because, to make a decision takes a stand
And taking a stand in an election year is banned
Campaign suicide
So, they just kick that old can again a little bit further

But they must surely know
They’re putting on a show there
And we know here
A country kicking cans is heading nowhere

Because, kicking the can on down the road
Is just like the hopping of a narrow-minded toad
Feeling satisfied
But toads never make it to the end of a long road
Your feet are free
Kick them out of DC

Lyric © 2011, 2014 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
All rights reserved

 

CLOSE FOR REPAIRS

The Miami Herald reported Sunday, May 27, 2013 that former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole said, “The current GOP ought to be ‘closed for repairs, because it lacks a vision and is unable to strike deals with Democrats.”

CLOSE FOR REPAIRS
(To the tune of “Time After Time, by Sammy Cahn and Julie Styne)

Close for repairs,
Republicans please stop
Your show’s received a flop
Review

And even Bob Dole
Declares you’ve dug a hole
Ronnie Reagan couldn’t save
This crew

It almost bores me to tears
But don’t you hear the jeers?
Obstruction is no point of view

So close for repairs
We’re tired of splitting hairs
We need a government,
Not you.

Refrain:

Yes, close for repairs
And take one-hundred years
Without your tripe we’ll muddle
Through. 

Lyric © 2013 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
All rights reserved

SO-WONDERFUL, DC.

SO-WONDERFUL, DC.
(To tune of “S’ wonderful,” by George and Ira Gershwin)

Intro:
How’d this sad day come?
From a grand intent
Get congress off its bum. 
No one ever meant
Sequester to occur.
But madmen see not sun.
Loud blamers do aver,
And argue who has won.
Why should we fain to be surprised?
In D.C. victory is prized

Verses:
Democrats,
Republicans,
Still battling in
D.C.

Senators, and
Congressman,
“You play to win,”
Agree.

Bridge:
They’ve made DC so partisan.
Like cats and dogs there’s just no parting them.

Verse:
A President
Too hesitant
Who’s looking out,
For me?

Bridge 2:
Big heads have turned rock-hard again.
Fashion’s an Archie Bunker cardigan.

Verse:
Correction-proof,
Election-proof,
Unchanging as,
The sea.

Bridge 3:
They’ve wrought blood-letting politics.
Unnerving as those awful horror flicks.

Verse:
So, “those with pull”
So, full-of-bull
So-wonderful,
D.C.

Lyric © 2013 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
All rights reserved

 

HOW DO YOU MAKE A CONGRESS GOVERN?

HOW DO YOU MAKE A CONGRESS GOVERN?
(To tune of “How Do you Keep the Music Playing,” by Michel Legrand and Alan and Marilyn Bergman)

How do you make a congress govern?
How do you make it work?
How do get them to do the job they shirk?

How do you keep your optimism?
When it’s a cynic’s town
How do you right a system turned upside down?

I thought they’d surely have to bend to sequestration
They‘ve played with fire and now I’m so afraid
They’ll put the party line above a nation
God help the nation!

If we would choose the best of people
Who’d work for us not gain
Then we might see real compromises there,
No self-made crises, when,
Our voice is heard again.

Lyric © 2012 by Robert S. Steinberg
All rights reserved

CONGRESS WISHES YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS (2012)

CONGRESS WISHES YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS (2012)
(To tune of “Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas” by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, as performed by Judy Garland in film, “Meet Me in Saint Louis.”)

Congress wishes you a Merry Christmas
From our Super PACS
Next year we’ll be giving you a higher tax

Congress wishes you a Merry Christmas
With a special gift
Next year when we push you off a fiscal cliff

Tis the season of merriment
To the Senate send some elves
And to the house where smug members rent
Seats and represent themselves.

Next election let’s vote to un-tether
What’s been a rich milk cow
Until then we’re stuck with this pathetic sow
And Congress wishes you a Merry Christmas now.

Lyric © 2012 by Robert S. Steinberg
All rights reserved