Framing the Dialogue

Do You Believe In Magic?

Do you believe in magic

As I was thinking about the “stimulus” package that our wonderful elected officials are about to strap to our backs, this famous song popped into my head. 

And it’s magic, if the music is groovy
It makes you feel happy like an old-time movie

Politicians are telling us that they know what is best for us.  How we should stop talking about this and support their plan.  If we do not act now things will get worse.  Support us and we can move on with a smile.

I’ll tell you about the magic, and it’ll free your soul
But it’s like trying to tell a stranger ’bout rock and roll

As I listen to the polisalespersons (or maybe salesiticians) tell us how much we need to spend a TRILLION dollars I am reminded of magic.  Not cool magic like in the movie The Prestige, but sleazy magic like those street corner folks with the shell game.

If you believe in magic don’t bother to choose
If it’s jug band music or rhythm and blues
Just go and listen it’ll start with a smile

Our elected street urchins have basically sawed us in half pitting Blue VS Red (divided we fail), but really have no intention to put us back together.  Try to visualize Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi or Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid or even President Obama in a vested suit standing on a stage coach in the old west.  They are trying to sell you a magic elixir…an elixir that will cure all. 

It won’t wipe off your face no matter how hard you try
Your feet start tapping and you can’t seem to find
How you got there, so just blow your mind

As many of our under informed fellow citizens plod through their clueless days, Washington is about to blow our minds with perhaps the biggest spending bill since the last one (TARP around six months ago).  Economics may be far too complex for the average Joe (except maybe for that infamous plumber).  Just trust the politicians.  They have our best interests at heart.

If you believe in magic, come along with me
We’ll dance until morning ’til there’s just you and me
And maybe, if the music is right

“We will build you bridges and museums and roads and schools and hospitals and dams and anything else you can imagine.”  State and local governments are dancing as they prepare their wish lists for the infusion of money.  All you have to do is believe.

I’ll meet you tomorrow, sort of late at night
And we’ll go dancing, baby, then you’ll see
How the magic’s in the music and the music’s in me.

“I will get you a better job than the one you have at McDonalds.”

Do you believe like I believe Do you believe in magic

“Here comes a new, small car and a house with a kitchen and a bathroom.” 

Do you believe like I believe Do you believe, believer

“Maybe we will pay your mortgage and fill your car with gas as we take money away from the uncaring rich people.”

Do you believe like I believe Do you believe in magic

I do not believe in this magic and know that there will be nothing under any of the shells in this game.

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