The musical "Annie" is enjoying another revival on Broadway. The show opened during the Carter administration, when America was in need of some optimism. "The sun'll come out tomorrow," sang Annie, and with the election of
in 1980, for a while, it did.
Now we're back in "Hooverville," the name given to shantytowns that popped up during the Great Depression. It isn't that bad yet, though the Obama administration is forecasting gloom and doom if Republicans don't cave on another tax increase.
"We'd like to thank you, Herbert Hoover, for really showing us the way," sang the fictional residents of "Hooverville" in "Annie." Now, I think we need an updated song that reflects what this administration has given us, and so I offer these original lyrics to be sung to the tune of "Margaritaville." All together now:
Finding jobs? No chance
Government spending has put us in hock
Taxing and spending
Without any ending
If we go on like this we'll all be in shock.
Wasting away today in new Sequesterville
Searching for some honest pols in D.C.
Some people claim that just one party's to blame
But I know the real problem is we.
Yes, the real problem is that too many of us send these politicians from different parties to Washington, only to then complain about the gridlock. It's because too many of us haven't made up our minds what we want government to be, what we should expect from it and, more importantly, what we should expect from ourselves.
The entire sequester scenario is about delivering the
Furloughing people from government jobs is part of the process, but unnecessary. According to projections from the
On Monday, the first regular workday under sequestration, federal agencies posted more than 400 job ads. Homeland Security Secretary
The government is not so broke that it can't find $250 million in aid to send to Egypt.
Jim McElhatton of The Washington Times discovered federal purchasing records that show "The
In a digital age when photographs can be made to look like oil paintings, the government could have saved a lot of money by taking a high-resolution picture of these "public servants," or even better, asking them to pay for their own portraits.
Voters had better pay attention to this stuff, otherwise liberal politicians will cause them to fall for more lies. Remember the judge and jury in the musical "Chicago"? Shyster lawyer Billy Flynn explained how to win them over, singing:
"Give 'em the old razzle dazzle
Razzle Dazzle 'em.
Give 'em an act with lots of flash in it
And the reaction will be passionate
Give 'em the old hocus pocus
Bead and feather 'em
How can they see with sequins in their eyes?
... Razzle dazzle them and they'll never catch wise."
Thus ends this mixed musical metaphor tribute to the phoniness that consumes Washington, as we waste away in Sequesterville.