When the federal government shut down on October 1, I blogged about it. Now I’d like to share a holiday poem with you, recalling those furlough days. It was written by Susan (this website’s creator) for a Christmas party she attended this weekend on Capitol Hill. The party had a furlough theme, and the guests were asked to create a furlough song or holiday poem to share at the party.
English: Thomas Nast’s most famous drawing, “Merry Old Santa Claus”, from the January 1, 1881 edition of Harper’s Weekly. Thomas Nast immortalized Santa Claus’ current look with an initial illustration in an 1863 issue of Harper’s Weekly, as part of a large illustration titled “A Christmas Furlough” in which Nast set aside his regular news and political coverage to do a Santa Claus drawing. The popularity of that image prompted him to create another illustration in 1881. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
‘Twas the night before shutdown and all through the House
Not a staffer was happy – and man, did they grouse!
The House pushed the Senate as far as they’d dare
In hopes of abolishing Obamacare.
Republicans, with all the words they could muster,
Had just settled in for a long filibuster
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
Security ran to see what was the matter.
And what to their wondering eyes should appear
But a big honkin’ sleigh and eight hairy reindeer
With a little old driver so chubby and cute
That several folks there were reminded of Newt.
He pushed past the guards and went in the front door;
He strode to their chambers and then took the floor.
“You’ll all ruin Christmas…and Hanukah, too
“If you don’t pass a budget before this night is through.
“Thousands the federal government employs
“Won’t have any money to buy their kids toys.
“So stop all your fighting or this I will vow:
“Each one of your names will come off my list NOW!”
With panic and fear on each congressman’s face
Back to the drawing board they did race.
The level of teamwork was never so high;
The budget they drafted passed on the first try.
When Congress is naughty, just take my advice
And call Santa Claus to get them to play nice.
I tell you this story so all will now know
How we could have avoided a shutdown furlough.