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Author Name: Moderatorhnk903 7 Comments
Date Added: October 10, 2008 10:10:45 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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The man on skidrow
There is a man who sits on skidrow
Beaten down by life and it's trappings
He held the world in his hands once
Had it in his pocket, tied with a string
Bad decisions, bad luck changed his fate
Brought him to this point, this new address
Once he had a home, a loving family
All is now lost, forever changed
First they took his job, then his home
The job market yielded nothing
He spiraled into a depressive state
Withdrew into himself, started to drink
He drove his family away, now he sits alone
Staring into a bottle that gives him comfort
As the stock market continues it's free fall
He has lost everything he worked for
Now he crawls inside of a bottle
Hoping it will end, put him out of his misery
While congress votes to bail out
All the big companies and banks
Making sure the millionaires get their dividends
Is there no one to save the average man
Why is there no bailout for him, does he not count
How many now sit on skidrow, having lost so much
They all must dig their own way out
No silver spoon were they born with
It is said all are created equal, all have the same chance
The man on skidrow sits alone, no forseeable way out
Maybe equality only counts if you're rich
Author's Notes:
Congress votes to bail out the big shots and the little guy gets stuck holding the empty bag! Those AIG execs really put part of their bailout to good use, spending $445,000 on a junket to entertain themselves! What a country this is, as long as you're rich!!!
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Comment By: FreePamela A. Lamppa on November 24, 2009 12:14:34 AM Report
Its always the little guy who hurts.  We don't find resolution until the big guys start hurting too.  It was then and still is today - Money Talks.
*sigh*  Will we ever learn?
Love your thoughts Henry.  (((hug))) ~Pamela
Comment By: FreeJulie on February 13, 2009 02:58:58 PM Report
Bravo!  Money is such a tricky subject.  I admire your thoughts and creativity in writing this.  It is wonderful.
Comment By: FreeWide Awake on October 20, 2008 05:52:12 PM Report
Nice empathizeing here Henry...certainly hope that's what it is---

Money, or loss of it is no reason to spiral down to skidrow though....I say, the less you have the more peaceful you are.  That's a truth I live.

Excellent write my friend.


Comment By: FreeBarbara Demasson on October 11, 2008 01:29:37 PM Report
This is a sad accounting of this man's life and so true of many others. Does anyone care about the little guy...yes, I think so but it certainly isn't big companies, banks and millionaires. Those with understanding and compassion try make a difference in the lives of the homeless...thank all the powers that be for these golden hearts. "Money is the root of all evil" true that quote is. Fine work Henry, I love the message here. I love that you care about the little guy enough to give him a voice through your creative work. Thank you for caring!



Comment By: FreeGlata on October 11, 2008 06:15:15 AM Report
When I saw on the news the other morning that the execs of AIG all went to a big spa to get pampered after being bailed out I was furious! But what can a person say that will make a difference? It's truly disgraceful how so many have lost everything, and they weren't abusing the system, merely trying to  survive. All of our jobs  have been outsourced to other countries, and yet the government can't figure out WHY the WORKING MIDDLE CLASS is  suddenly faced with a housing crisis...soaring unemployment...and  debt so far over our heads that we will never see daylight again?!?! PLEASE! And then, when they've given away EVERY source of income for us middle class folk, they whine and complain because we can't pay the  taxes to  bail the big shots out of debt.

Yeah...It's truly a source of frustration for us all...why, WHY won't they pay attention!!

WONDERFUL rant here, Henry...and  one that I wish to goodness EACH and EVERY one of the idiots in the senate and congress had to experience for at least 3 years of their lives.

Hugs and sighs...


Comment By: FreeRoger Bacon on October 10, 2008 11:50:59 AM Report
I think Hank, this will be the tip of the iceburg.  These financial institutions will abuse the bail out money.  Also, the bail out provisions were written in such a way that the little guy will not be protected.  It's a joke.  All we can do this November is throw each and everyone out of office and start fresh.  I know when I'm in the polling booth  I will go down the list and if I see an incumbant on the ticket and they have not said they are sorry for this on their watch then they are gone in my book.  If these people are indeed federal employees, as Obama has said, then we need to fire each and every one of them, including him.  There is no shame left in this country. 
Comment By: FreeShe Whispers on October 10, 2008 10:39:40 AM Report
 What can I say every line so truthful it hurts it has alway sbeen about the rich man.... while the rest of us struggle just to survive working two jobs...and the man on the street even more sadness ...Who cares about him...No-one!!
Hugs ~ She Whispers


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