Bankrupt Country

It’s about time for us to have yet another showdown over the Debt Ceiling. If it wasn’t such a serious topic, it would make very good theater. Unfortunately, the published figure that we see for our national debt is a small fraction of what we actually owe as a nation. The official figure does not include the many trillions of dollars that we owe for unfunded mandates such as social security and medicare. That’s a great legacy to leave for our children.

The attached lyrics and MP3 are a parody of our current situation. They are sung to the tune from the fantastic rock ballad “Golden Country” originally written and recorded by REO Speedwagon way back in 1972.

Bankrupt Country
(To the Tune of “Golden Country” by REO Speedwagon)

Bankrupt Country, you’ve made such a mess
When voters want money, you always say “yes”
You talk restraint, but you’re still spending faster
Never carin’ ‘bout the impending disaster
Unemployed are cryin’ but your head’s in the sand
Your economy’s dyin’ but you don’t understand
You better stop denyin’ and at last take a stand
The time has come to no longer spend
To all this craziness, we must put an end
Why it’s so hard, we just don’t comprehend

Bankrupt Country, you’ve started to fade
You’ve made commitments that can never be paid
You think the answer is more stimulation
When we need low taxes and less regulation
Well your sick are troubled but your head’s in the sand
And your old have doubled but you don’t understand
You better stop denyin’ and at last take a stand
The end has come for “tax and spend”
To that insanity we must put an end
Why it’s so hard, we just don’t comprehend

Bankrupt Country, you once were so proud
You’ve lost your swagger and your head is now bowed
Every day, our problems keep growing
You can’t prevent your ignorance showing
Unemployed are cryin’ but your head’s in the sand
Your economy’s dyin’ but you don’t understand
You better stop denyin’ and at last take a stand
The end has come for “tax and spend”
To that insanity we must put an end
Why it’s so hard, we just don’t comprehend

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