Chapter Fifty-Two

CONTRACT ON AMERICA
[ a song, folk-rock ]


                My future's a joke, my wheel has no spokes
                     All my bills are left unpaid     
                I have an empty lunch pail, my ex-wife's in jail
                     I'm last in line to get first aid
                My dog has no bone, my sky has no ozone
                     My cardboard box has just been robbed
                I've been stamped "No Food", my brain has come unglued
                     And no one will offer me a job

                But it's alright, don't worry 'bout me
                     I'm okay and you're okay
                Livin' all alone without a job or a home
                     In the good 'ol U.S.A.
                Yeah, it's alright, don't worry 'bout me
                     Though it's very plain to see
                There's a contract on America
                     A contract out on you and me

                I went down to the church where they worship John Birch
                     And was handed an abortion sign
                They said "don't worry 'bout pollution or the poor
                     We have the unborn waitin' in line
                "Now don't smoke or drink or bother to think
                     Cause we already have the answer
                We're protectin' your children from sex education
                     And protectin' homeless lungs from cancer"

                But it's alright, don't worry 'bout me
                     I'm okay and you're okay
                Livin' all alone without a job or a home
                     In the good 'ol U.S.A.
                Yeah, it's alright, don't worry 'bout me
                     Though everyone can plainly see
                There's a contract on America
                     A contract out on you and me

                Newt the 'suit' with his corporate loot
                     Didn't give a hoot how the poor feel
                His old contract, like the current Bush league
                     Was frontin' for the corporation steal
                Their trickle-down theory gives the rich a break
                     And gives the workin' class the screw
                Congress gives the lobby toilet a royal flush
                     And it trickles all over me and you

                But it's alright, don't worry 'bout me
                     I'm okay and you're okay
                Livin' all alone without a job or a home
                     In the good 'ol U.S.A.
                Yeah, it's alright, don't worry 'bout me
                     Though the whole world can plainly see
                There's a contract on America
                     A contract out on you and me

                Now faces have changed, but the contract's the same
                     At the White House prayer dedication
                They make no provision for the sick and poor
                     While stealing funds from the public's education
                Let's subsidize the N.R.A., ignore the E.P.A.
                     As we play the foreign war drum beat
                Ignore health care, when social security's not there
                     Senior citizens can live out in the street

                But it's alright, don't worry 'bout me
                     I'm okay and you're okay
                Livin' all alone without a job or a home
                     In the good 'ol U.S.A.
                And it's alright, don't worry 'bout me
                     Though any Commie can plainly see
                For a few more dollars in corporate coffers
                     They're sellin' out our democracy

                Yeah, it's alright, don't worry 'bout me
                     It's gonna be a bright laser day
                With no soup in our spoon and blood for a moon
                     In the good 'ol U.S.A.
                And it's alright, don't worry 'bout me
                     Though the blind can plainly see
                There's a Contract On America
                     A contract out on you and me
                Yeah, we're all bein' screwed by the Grand Ol' Party
                     In the grand ol' U.S.A. . . . Hey! *


Veterans For Peace       Veterans Teaching Peace In Schools

Your Government on Drugs


DEDICATED TO:  Peace and justice activist and paralyzed Viet Nam War veteran Ron Kovich ("Born On The Fourth Of July").  Any member of the current administration and congress of international chicanery who supported the March 2003 invasion of Iraq is in clear violation of the Charter of the United Nations and as a matter of law, a traitor to the United States, bound by Constitutional law to uphold United Nations international law, mandated by a 1945 Act of Congress.  In taking an oath to uphold the Constitution, violating an Act of Congress constitutes an overt action of high treason on the part of any United States President, member of Congress and/or other elected or appointed U.S. official who has taken such an oath and is clearly, the opposite of patriotism.


*FootNote:  First written in January, 1996 (updated as more recent events transpired), based on the Contract With America as proposed by Newt Gingrich.  As the author of Ecclesiastes pointed out, truly "there is nothing new under the sun", only the names and dates change. Inspired by "I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag" by Country Joe McDonald; I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die; Country Joe and the Fish (1965).

**FootNote:  "As Republican Members of the House of Representatives ...we propose not just to change its policies, but even more important, to restore the bonds of trust between the people and their elected representatives.  That is why, in this era of official evasion and posturing, we offer instead a detailed agenda for national renewal, a written commitment with no fine print." --Contract With America; 1995
        "By the year 2002, we can have a federal government with a balanced budget or we can continue down the present path towards total fiscal catastrophe." --Tom DeLay, Republican Congressman; 1995
        In April of 2003 the United States, after less than a year and one half of Bush Junior and his corporate crony-packed administration, was estimated to be over one-half trillion dollars in debt (there was a surplus the day he took office).  American health care costs were spiraling out of control, the American education system was in its worse financial crises since perhaps the Great Depression, the economy and business in general, due to erstwhile Washington D.C.-backed war profiteering, Enron and other corporate malfeasance, was virtually paralyzed (much less so due to lingering 9/11 fallout) and energy costs, jobless and homeless population numbers were on the rise.
        Meanwhile, the Republican-controlled Congress and the Bush Administration were proposing to reduce veterans benefits amidst a war of illegal international corporation and media backed aggression, cutting funding from programs for the sick and poor, drawing up a 399.1 billion dollar defense budget, which included a large percentage for entirely unnecessary and battle-tested as virtually useless Apache helicopters and Stealth bombers specifically designed for types of warfare no longer engaged in (according to many military experts) and insisting on another huge tax cut that would benefit the wealthy substantially and benefit the average American far less than zero (i.e., the average citizen will no doubt eventually pay in terms of inflation, high unemployment, loss of social security and health benefits, loss of social services and by future tax increases at both state and federal levels). The half-trillion plus deficit figure does not include the total cost of the second Gulf War (including reconstruction), estimated between 300 million to well over a trillion dollars, nor the long-term cost of the recently revamped Star-Wars program, estimated to be anywhere from three to ten trillion dollars or more (see Ronald and His Ray-Gun).  This recent American political legacy emanates, not from the Democratic "tax and spend" party, but from "fiscal conservative" Republicans in control of the nation's purse strings (including Tom DeLay quoted above and others formerly parroting the alleged virtues of the Contract With America), who claim, as 'compassionate' conservatives, to be all about better education, cost reduction, smaller government and lower taxes for the average American citizen.



           


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