We’re Really Paying For It Now

We’re really paying for it now,

you might think.

America fucked up

somehow Trump got elected

and now, we’re really paying for it.

Well, you’ve been paying for it

all along

look through your files

you have the receipt

you’ve paid for it your whole working life

you bought the knife

that Uncle Sam has long held

to the world’s throat

you helped him

get the world’s goat

you’ve paid for the bullets

the bombs

and the drones

and you’ve paid for all of the

wiretapped phones

and I bet you’re probably still

paying off student loans

and I bet you’re probably

drowning in debt

and I bet you’ve probably forgotten

about the wars

or at least you ignore them

but you have long been

paying for them

and you pay the salaries of the cops

shooting unarmed black people

and the taxman still never visits the steeple

and you can pray all night long

for these problems to end

but on April 15th

if you continue to send

your hard earned money

to the IRS


you’ll be funding year 18 in Afghanistan

you’ll be funding the white house

you’ll be funding the supreme court

you’ll be buying bullets

and body bags

you’ll be funding the empire

warts and all

but it’s all warts

and we only ever elect

different sorts of the same Caesar

and we starve

as he feeds our bread

to his pigs.

If you don’t like the president

stop paying his salary

if you’re not happy with America

turn off the lights.


About soitgoes1984

I was born and raised on land stolen from the Pocumtuc. I now live on a small island in the middle of the Pacific ocean, on land that was stolen more recently, from the Hawaiians. I am addict, struggling to kick the habit of fossil fuel. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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