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“I Gotcha, Uh-huh-huh…” Joe Tex

September 21, 2012

One of the unwritten rules of social discourse when visiting relatives is to avoid talking about religion and politics. Similarly, I have largely avoided these topics in my blog posts. However, the Presidential campaign in late September is the 800 pound gorilla in the room–difficult to completely avoid the topic. And if you live in Ohio or in any other battleground state, there is a non-stop media barrage of ads which makes it even harder to ignore.

Whether you are a Obama or Romney supporter or still uncertain, you have to admit that this Presidential election cycle has degenerated into the ultimate ” I Gotcha” politics. Obama is for government “redistribution” and “you didn’t build that”; Romney thinks “47%” gladly live off the government or for destroying jobs because he worked for Bain Capital. I always find this ridiculous, because what a Presidential candidate “says” even in unguarded moments caught on a cellphone is never a very good indication of what he will “do” in office. And unfortunately for everyone, there has been all too little talk about what to “do” about the Economic Armageddon issues we face in the US today, notably our huge debt and deficits, our abhorrent monetary policy, our absurd tax code, and of course, our dim long-run economic future.

So in the spirit of the general triviality of this election, where “I Gotcha” is taking center stage, I present my classic rock lyrical version of the this year’s elections:

“The taxman’s taken all my dough and left me in my stately home….”

 “And I’ll be takin’ care of business every day. Takin’ care of business every way”
“He’s a well-respected man about town. Doing the best things so conservatively”

“Talk about a dream, try to make it real, you wake up in the night with a fear so real.”

 “We’re living in a land of make-believe. And trying not to let it show. “
“He’s a real Nowhere Man. Sitting in his Nowhere Land. Making all his nowhere plans for nobody”
“I’m a fool to do your dirty work. Oh yeah. I don’t want to do your dirty work no more”
“I worked like a slave for years. Sweat so hard just to end my fears. Not to end my life a poor man”
“A working class hero is something to be”
“Will you still need me?  Will you still feed me? When I’m 64.”
“I’m gonna sell my house in town. And I’ll be there to shine in your Japan. To sparkle in your China. Yes, I’ll be there.”
“Pleased to meet you. Hope you guess my name. But what’s puzzling you. Is the nature of my game.”

“Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right. Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.”
“When black Friday comes, I’ll collect everything I’m owed. And before my friends find out I’ll be on the road”
“Why do we never get an answer. When we’re knocking at the door?”
“And the men who hold high places must be the ones who start, to mold a new reality, closer to the heart” 

“If you live in this world. You’re feelin’ the change of the guard”
“Oh, oh Thunder Rove (road)” 
So the next time  you hear “I’m Barack Obama (or Mitt Romney) and I approve this message”, I suggest you put on the headphones and listen to classic rock instead.
  1. georgia k permalink

    Let us not forget about Baseball. GO GIANTS & I approve this message.

  2. Mark Bodien permalink

    Classic rock=WIN Generation (Whip Inflation Now)
    Need to update to (now old) New Wave lyrics:

    We know where we’re going but we don’ know where we’ve been…

    We’re on the road to nowhere

    And for all the politico talking heads (from the talking heads):
    You start a conversation you can’t even finish…you’re talking a lot but you’re not saing anything …when I have nothing to say, my lips are sealed…say something once, why say it again ?
    Psycho Killer..qu’est que c’est…

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