.

 

Message to the Republican Mob

Rap by a Democratic Congressman from New York, originally published in the Congressional Record, 23 July, 2002.

Before you merely mauled welfare mothers,
But now you're messing with
The Great American Middle Class;
We'll kick your rear!
Grandfathers are full of fear,
New anger after every tear,
Our pensions down the drain,
No shelter from old age rain;
O say Newt can you see
Pain and suffering you contracted for me?
Chisel swindle in the great greed spree,
Criminals still strutting free,
Lock up that mugger
With the 400 million dollar loan,
Tell the crook building that
Multi-million dollar home
You'll shoot if he lays another stone.
Stage a raid
On all the board room whores
Hiding behind fancy carved doors;
Bring out the hand cuffs,
Shine bright lights in haughty faces,
Drag them through drug pusher paces;
Grill Martha and the Hamptons crowd,
Make them confess
Early and loud.
Special prosecutors to the front lines.
In 2002 we have real crimes,
Whitewater was just kid stuff;
Let's play Harkin and Halliburton bluff:
At each turn
Take ten million and run—
Insiders have all the fun,
A tax break bonus
For each step you mount,
Ordinary dumb investors
Can't follow the count.
Chisel swindle in the great greed spree,
O say Newt can you see
Pain and suffering you contracted for me?
Before you merely mauled welfare mothers,
But now you're messing with
The Great American Middle Class;
At the November showdown
We'll be kicking your elephant (bleep)!


[Top]

Ftrain.com

PEEK

Ftrain.com is the website of Paul Ford and his pseudonyms. It is showing its age. I'm rewriting the code but it's taking some time.

FACEBOOK

There is a Facebook group.

TWITTER

You will regret following me on Twitter here.

EMAIL

Enter your email address:

A TinyLetter Email Newsletter

About the author: I've been running this website from 1997. For a living I write stories and essays, program computers, edit things, and help people launch online publications. (LinkedIn). I wrote a novel. I was an editor at Harper's Magazine for five years; then I was a Contributing Editor; now I am a free agent. I was also on NPR's All Things Considered for a while. I still write for The Morning News, and some other places.

If you have any questions for me, I am very accessible by email. You can email me at ford@ftrain.com and ask me things and I will try to answer. Especially if you want to clarify something or write something critical. I am glad to clarify things so that you can disagree more effectively.

POKE


Syndicate: RSS1.0, RSS2.0
Links: RSS1.0, RSS2.0

Contact

© 1974-2011 Paul Ford

Recent

Recent Offsite Work: Code and Prose. As a hobby I write. (January 14)

Rotary Dial. (August 21)

10 Timeframes. (June 20)

Facebook and Instagram: When Your Favorite App Sells Out. (April 10)

Why I Am Leaving the People of the Red Valley. (April 7)

Welcome to the Company. (September 21)

“Facebook and the Epiphanator: An End to Endings?”. Forgot to tell you about this. (July 20)

“The Age of Mechanical Reproduction”. An essay for TheMorningNews.org. (July 11)

Woods+. People call me a lot and say: What is this new thing? You're a nerd. Explain it immediately. (July 10)

Reading Tonight. Reading! (May 25)

Recorded Entertainment #2, by Paul Ford. (May 18)

Recorded Entertainment #1, by Paul Ford. (May 17)

Nanolaw with Daughter. Why privacy mattered. (May 16)

0h30m w/Photoshop, by Paul Ford. It's immediately clear to me now that I'm writing again that I need to come up with some new forms in order to have fun here—so that I can get a rhythm and know what I'm doing. One thing that works for me are time limits; pencils up, pencils down. So: Fridays, write for 30 minutes; edit for 20 minutes max; and go whip up some images if necessary, like the big crappy hand below that's all meaningful and evocative because it's retro and zoomed-in. Post it, and leave it alone. Can I do that every Friday? Yes! Will I? Maybe! But I crave that simple continuity. For today, for absolutely no reason other than that it came unbidden into my brain, the subject will be Photoshop. (Do we have a process? We have a process. It is 11:39 and...) (May 13)

That Shaggy Feeling. Soon, orphans. (May 12)

Antilunchism, by Paul Ford. Snack trams. (May 11)

Tickler File Forever, by Paul Ford. I'll have no one to blame but future me. (May 10)

Time's Inverted Index, by Paul Ford. (1) When robots write history we can get in trouble with our past selves. (2) Search-generated, "false" chrestomathies and the historical fallacy. (May 9)

Bantha Tracks. (May 5)

The Moral Superiority of the Streetcar. (1) Long-form journalism fixes everything. (2) The moral superiority of the streetcar. (3) I like big bus and I cannot lie. (May 4)

More...
Tables of Contents