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BOB FRANKEN
FOR RELEASE FRIDAY, DEC. 21, 2012
YULETIDE FOR BETTER OR VERSE
BY BOB FRANKEN

’Tis the time around Christmas, the liberals ecstatic
The White House next year will stay Democratic.

The victory this year must have seemed heaven sent
Once Mitt blurted out “47 percent.”

You’d think we’d have ended the political tiff,
But we’ve lurched right away to that gross fiscal cliff.

Believe it or not, it’s gotten insaner,
No agreement so far from Obama and Boehner.

They continue to fight over cutbacks and taxing
Makes it hard for us all to enjoy Yuletide relaxing.

No holiday cheer because of such sloppiness
We reporters must work and so must the lobbyists.

All over the country there arises a clatter
Of citizens screaming “Just what is the matter?”

“We told you we’d gotten awfully tired of this stuff,
So please cut it out, enough is enough.”

On, Obama! On, Boehner! On, Pelosi! On, Cantor!
On, the tea-party caucus, with all of its ranters.

Just settle this thing, put an end to your brawl
Then dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!


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Since the polls show, you’re close to zero in fondness
Put a merciful end to the 112th Congress.

Enough of the games, all the TV ad smear
May new guys do better as we start the new year.

Though we’ll still have many remaining dead weights
We won’t have to suffer through ghastly debates.

No Gingriches, Perrys, no Mitts and no Cains,
At least we’ll be rid of those total pains.

Happy holidays to all and to all a good night,
Enjoy your one day with no nasty sound bite.

So be of good cheer and shout in one voice,
“We’ll soon try again. I mean, what is our choice?”

© 2012 Bob Franken
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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