Little Jack Horner
Sat in a corner,
Eating his Christmas pie.
He put in his thumb
And pulled out a plum,
And said, What a good boy am I!
So goes the age-old wisdom of Mother Goose. Its a shame the old girl isnt here today. Shed probably have something similar to say.
Consider the presidents compromise on taxes. Is it really so generous, so fair for everyone? Federal employees, as well as many in the private sector, have submitted to a wage freeze, a truly noble gesture considering that it was none of their fault that over the years, the purists in Congress who railed against bloated government and deficit spending created the economic crisis through their own laxity and largesse.
Typically, the Jack Horners propose to continue enriching their own class at the expense of the rest. Sure, theyll toss the dogs a few crumbs from the table, a temporary tax deduction, a paltry exchange for their $700 million annual Christmas pie, but a little something to appear concerned and caring.
When the debt for Christmas pies empties the pot again, wouldnt that be handy to remind working people how much theyd already benefited before how much theyll have to cough up? As for the poor, the unemployed, theres always trickle-down.
Mother Goose didnt tell us why Jack deserved any plums. Its obvious, though, he sat in the right corner. And Barack, what a good boy you are!
Henry Buslepp, Pagosa Springs