SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Despite a rebound by the stock market, jobs and the economy are taking a toll on the American psyche.
And just when you think things couldn't get much worse, our Larry Himmel has written some economic verse.
It's really not a laughing matter
And just a doggone shame
That all around the country
People play the blame game.
Republicans blame the democrats
The Democrats the GOP.
We lay the blame on Wall Street
And Wall Street blames the Tea.
Some folks say it's Germany
Who just may be at fault.
For helping out its neighbors
By emptying out their vault.
Might be Spain and Ireland
But others say think again
The blame should go China
For being our ATM.
With gas prices soaring
It's easy to expect.
That some will blame gas guzzlers
Others will blame OPEC.
The wealthy blame the entitled
Whose jobs went in the tank
Others blame government bail-outs
Or put it squarely on the bank.
But no matter who's at fault
It will always shake out the same.
The absolute truth is
That we're all a bit to blame.
We got more than a little greedy
Took more than we gave.
Run up way too much credit
We'll be in debt into the grave.
We had a little trouble
Separating wants from needs.
Now we're paying the price
For our obsessive deeds.
We used up all our equity
We lived just for today.
Never once believing
Our 401K would end up MIA.
But now we get the message
We hear it loud and clear.
We face an uncertain future
With trepidation and with fear.
It's a painful proposition
But we're learning to live with less.
Hoping that cutting back
Slowing frees us from this mess.
Even though many of us
Are now living less than ample
Hoping our frugality
Will set some sort of example.
We're all much wiser now
We've learned from our mistake.
We'll never again start spending
More than what we make.
And everyday we spread the word
Time and again the message sent.
If they can't learn to live with less
Put the blame on government.
In the this land of opportunity
Life isn't always what it seems
When all the folks in Washington
Still live beyond their means.