According to Joe
Lured by lower taxes
Tax relief, tax relief, our warlords implanted
A seductive mantra not so softly chanted.
Tax relief, tax relief, our indulgence they desire
To overlook their crimes of the Iraq quagmire.
Tax relief, tax relief, so we don't pay the bill.
We won't feel the pain but our children will.
Tax relief, tax relief can become that curse
That drowns our conscience in our purse.
Tax relief, tax relief invites us to look
No further than our pocketbook.
Tax relief, tax relief, for two tickets to perdition
For their crimes against humanity, our crime of omission.
Daily headlines inspire the poet in Joe Gedan, a retired U.S. magistrate judge who lives in Honolulu. His observations on the news appear on Sundays and Fridays. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org