Oh, To Be the Prez
No matter what
You say or do,
One-half the land
(A Psalm by Asaph.)
Have Pity on Jerusalem
1 Our God, some foreign nations have
Taken your land, disgraced your temple,
And left Jerusalem in ruins.
2 They’ve fled your servant’s bodies to
Flesh-eating birds; your loyal people
Are food for savage animals,
3 And all Jerusalem is smeared
With blood, their blood, with no one left
To bury them. 4 Each nation ‘round
Us sneers at us and mocks us; 5 Our
Lord, will you keep on being angry?
And will your angry feelings keep
Flaming like fire? 6 Get angry with
Those nations that don’t know you and
Won’t worship you. 7 They’ve gobbled down
Jacob’s descendants and have left
The land in ruins. 8 Don’t make us
Pay for our fathers’ sins; have pity;
Come fast. We are completely helpless.
9 Our God, you keep us safe. Now help
Us. Rescue us; forgive our sins;
And bring yourself great honor; 10 why
Should nations ask us, “Where’s your God?”
Let us and other nations see
You take revenge for all your servants
Who died a brutal death, 11 and hear
The prisoners groan. Let your mighty
Rescue all who are sentenced to
Death. 12 Every one of those lands sneered
At you, our Lord; let others sneer
At them now, seven times as much,
13 Then we, your people, always will
Thank you; we are like sheep with you
Our shepherd, and all generations
Are sure to hear us give you praise.
An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy.
~U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall, McCulloch v. Maryland (1819).
Money is power, and in that government which pays all the public officers of the states will all political power be substantially concentrated.
~President Andrew Jackson
America is not better off than it was $1.8 trillion dollars ago.