Were You Mad?

Based on an essay tentatively attributed to Thom Hartmann (?)

Were you mad when all our taxes
Went to fund a senseless war?
Were you mad when they didn’t catch bin Laden?
Were you mad when they used torture?
Or our jobs went overseas?
No, you’re just mad ‘cause a sick kid might get health care.

Were you mad when folks who voted
Couldn’t get their votes to count?
Were you mad when they gave the rich those tax breaks?
When our government used wiretaps
Or let New Orleans drown?
No, you’re just mad ‘cause a sick kid might get health care.

Were you mad when our surplus
Turned into a deficit?
When we spent eight-hundred billion on the war?
When our schools were going bankrupt
While the fat cats got bailed out?
No, you’re just mad ‘cause a sick kid might get health care.

Were you mad when banks and businesses
Kept piling up the dough
While we lost our jobs, our health care, and our pensions?
When deregulation meant that
People’s houses got foreclosed?
No, you’re just mad ‘cause a sick kid might get health care.

Well, call us socialists
Or call us any name you like,
But we Grannies know the truth and that’s for sure,
We could pay our nation’s debts
And get everyone’s needs met
If we weren’t spending trillions on the war.
(When the people’s needs are met,
Then you can surely bet,
That we won’t be mad when sick kids get free health care.)

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