IF THEY ONLY HAD A HEART, BRAIN, NERVE

This post deals with the now apparent dysfunction of our entire government:  The House is held hostage by Tea Party anti-government zealots; the Senate has gone nuclear in changing the filibuster rules thereby aggravating already worn working relationships between the two parties; and, the President’s team screws up the health care launch while on foreign policy matters, he spurns speaking softly and carrying a big stick, but, instead, speaks loudly, then lays down his stick.

IF THEY ONLY HAD A HEART, BRAIN, NERVE
(To the tune of “If I Only Had a Heart,” “If I Only Had a Brain,” & “If I Only Had Some Nerve,” by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg, from 1939 iconic film “The Wizard of Oz”)

In the House they’d do real working
Not obstructing, always shirking
Where pretending is an art.
They would act on immigration
‘Stead of fingering the nation
If the House just had a heart

And the Senate would not dither
Like it flitters hither, wither
Treating voters with disdain
There would be no need to muster
Votes to stop a filibuster
If the Senate had a brain

Oh, we the people here.
Vote to have our say.
Politicians take our vote away.
It’s the lobbyists whom they obey

And in the world we’d be respected
All our civil rights protected.
With more confidence and verve.
He would do a lot less talking
‘Bout red-lines, then backwards walking.
If the President had nerve.

Lyric © 2013 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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SENATE CONFIRMATION

SENATE CONFIRMATION
(To the tune of Chattanooga Choo-Choo (1941) by Harry Warren & Mack Gordon)

To get on a court,
you need approval from the Senate.
It takes sixty votes.
So don’t be getting up hopes

You’ll get nowhere sport.
No matter how much you’ve been vetted.
Especially,
for the appeals court in DC.

Obama’s nominations linger in committee for years.
Reid is talking nuclear to GOP jeers.
To need one more than fifty
only, would be nifty.
Have confirmation passage in a jiffy.

Sad to report,
with empty seats up on the benches,
misuse of the rules,
by filibustering fools.

Lyric © 2013 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM

RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM
(To tune of, “Right Back Where we Started From,” by Pierre Tubbs and J. Vincent Edwards (1975))

After all the beating of all the drums
We end up right back here where we started from
All that spent, those tidy sums
And we are right back here where we started from

Another great divide
The House and Senate will collide
Just like they did before and naught gets done
Politics impedes
Every bill the country needs
While on the next campaign they’ve all begun

After all the beating of all the drums
We end up right back here where we started from
All that spent, those tidy sums
And we are right back here where we started from

Obama won the vote
He’ll make an effort to promote
Some of his programs for the middle class
The House will just stand by
 Send to committee bills to die
Work of a crippling partisan morass

After all the beating of all the drums
We end up right back here where we started from
All that spent, those tidy sums
And we are right back here where we started from

Lyric © Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
All rights reserved