'Twas the Night Before Christmas, Fiscal Cliff Edition

The beloved children's story rewritten to discuss the current fiscal cliff crisis in the United States.

'Twas the Night Before Christmas, Fiscal Cliff Edition

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the House

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

Their desks were all empty leaving some to wonder, “Do they even care?”

Surely, like us they know the deadline soon would be there;


Speaker Boehner was nestled all snug in his bed,

While visions of tax-breaks for the rich danced in his head;

And Cantor in his pajamas, thank you letters from millionaires in his lap,

Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,


When out in House districts there arose such a clatter,

They sprang from their beds to see what was the matter.

Away to their Blackberries they flew like a flash,

Called their staff to see what had created this clash.


With groups of middle class Americans, both lively and real,

They knew in a moment they better take the deal.

More and more people joined the Action, they came,

To tell the Speaker, Majority Leader, and Congressmen to “QUIT PLAYING GAMES;”


"Now, Upton! now, Benishek! now, Rogers and Camp!

On, Walberg! on Miller! on, Amash and Huizenga!

Get Back to the Capitol! Get to your offices by the National mall!

Now get back to work! Back to work! Back to work all!"


Don’t speak, not a word, but get straight to your work,

Quit worrying about the wealthy; and CEO Perks,

The middle class needs your help, so don’t turn up your nose,

We are your bosses and what we say goes;


Quit trying to stall and saying, “What if?”

We demand Middle Class Tax Breaks and avoiding the Cliff!

And take this as fair warning as we exclaim, even on Christmas Eve Night,



Lonnie Scott is the State Communications Director for The Action, a grassroots movement calling for the end of the Bush-era tax breaks for the richest 2 percent that have for too long shortchanged critical investments that create and sustain jobs.

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gene tebo December 22, 2012 at 12:22 PM
When the top marginal tax rates were 80-90% in the 40s 50s 60s and 70s correspondingly we had argueably the most prosperous middle class in the history of the world.Nobody paid these rates but it made your business a viable way to avoid a large part of your tax burden.So the idea of keeping your business in the U.S. was appealing and paying your employees a living wage was practical also from an economic standpoint when everybody does well everybody does well.However incrementally none of the things that created these conditions exist any longer.The free in free market capitalism now represents the freedom to screw your employees to death and grease our slide to the new gilded age.Also when we had a viable middle class country clubs were still being built debutante balls were still being held and mansions were still under construction.
Smita Nagpal, Ph.D. December 22, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Nice job Lonnie!
Paul Schulz December 25, 2012 at 08:12 AM
Taxes shouldn't be raised on any class of hard working American's. And surely let us not disrespect the successful, who took risks, and worked hard to become wealthy. Its time to humiliate the lazy who refuse to work, who receive more in entitlements than they paid into the system. The welfare state is choking out this country. When 50% of our taxpayers pay all the taxes collected, that means the bottom 50% are not contributing a dime. Its a fact you can look up at irs.gov Its time lazy ass America get up off there dead asses and get back to working, even if its just part time. And as for our politicians, and food stamp president. The only solution is to shut down our government, let it fail... We wouldn't even notice it was closed, in fact it automatically stops all non essential spending, something our leaders just can't seem to do in there day to day operations as our representatives. Its time to cut welfare and all entitlements by at least 50%, repeal Obamacare, and lower tax rates across the board to stimulate the economy. Although lets not forget about the gorilla in the room. Obamacare will, as stated by the projected costs, will bankrupt this nation in its first year. Then what? Fire up the money copier? Liberalism is a mental disorder! I'll have a good laugh when the Obama money runs out, our government implodes under its own weight, the rioting begins, and all of those in the streets, in disbelief, whom believed in King Obama, see what greatness he destroyed
Paul Schulz December 25, 2012 at 08:28 AM
A flat tax would be ideal.... Everyone contributes, and its fair to all.... The more they tax, the more they spend. Both parties have been fiscally irresponsible, and it has lead us to where we are today. You cannot in anyway "TAX" your way out of this mess, and we can't "Print" money to "BUY" your way out of this either. Our government is to big. The entrepreneur, the small businessman, capitalism is the only way to prosperity. It could be suggested that its socialism, creeping into our capitalistic system that's to blame


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