Twas the nigth before Christmas (Oregon Version)

The Week Before Christmas

Twas the week before Christmas and all through Salem, not a pol was silent, no matter what ached “˜em. The pols were busy with kicker checks post haste; The mess that was made just couldn’t be faced.

The gov half frantic was almost in tears, he had just settled down to work with his fears, when out in the hall there arose such a clatter, up sprang the pols to see what was the matter!

Away to the door they all flew like a flash; the one who was leading went down with a crash. Then what to their wondering eyes did appear, but a budget in the red I certainly fear!

When the gov saw this, he almost grew sick. He knew in a moment something must be done quick! He ran to the door (it was quite a strain) but he shouted, and stamped, and he called them by name:

“Now Peter! And Richard and Teddy and Gary! Now get to your places, and do not tarry. Now get away! Get away! We are not merry!

As leaves that before the wild west wind fly, The pols, pell mell, started scurrying by. They ran to the blue room and skipped down the aisle; their faces were shining and each had a smile.

First came a tax increase – a marvelous thing -then came the pay raises, (ka-ching, ka-ching). As the bill was brought in there arose a great shout; The pols were merrily romping about.

The state they were in could lead to a riot; the gov was sure, if prodded, they would try it. His nerves how they jangled! His temples were throbbing! The rush of his breath sounded almost like sobbing!

The lines of his face were as crazy as a mask; It was plain that he felt right up to the task. The look in his eye might have tamed a wild steer, And the pols they loved it; they did every year.

No tear from his eye and no shake of his head soon led me to think that he wished Oregon dead. He spoke not a word but went straight to his work, signing the bills, putting people out of work.

But at last it was finished and placed into law; Then came the bell and the people were appalled! Their shrill little voices soon faded away and waste was restored by the end of the day.

As he looked at the Capitol all glistening and tall, he smiled as he whispered, “Merry Christmas to all!”

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  • homer

    New poll shows Governor ratings down, and this poem comes out.
    A fitting timely poem showing that art mimics life.

  • Anonymous

    They all ought to be impeached

  • steve

    This is stupid. Yeah, the “pols” keep raising their own pay in Salem-that whopping $17,000 salary they make. I am sure they are farting through silk. all the way to the bank. Grow up.

    • Jerry

      You mean grow up like you?

    • Anonymous

      You are kidding if you think they only make $17,000.

    • Jerry`

      Steve – if they don’t make enough why don’t you send them some of your money?
      Oh, that’s right, you couldn’t do that.

  • steve

    You are right, I am wrong they make a little over 1,500 a month (not the luxurious 1.700 that I claimed earlier). Below is from the legislative website (linked above)

    How much are legislators paid?

    The amount of pay is set by statute. Currently both the Senators and Representatives are paid $1, 534.00 per month. The Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate are paid twice that amount.

    Grow up, do some research before you bloviate this hot trash-conservative windbags

    • Jerry

      Proves once again that you get what you pay for.

    • Gene

      Steve, Normally I do not write in to BLOGS answering and commenting upon other comments. But…I don’t know why you have to call people names. I guess you feel you can do that, as they are not eyeball to eyeball to you. Be polite and nice, you will gain agreement or maybe some complete and accurate information.

      As for the Oregon Senate and House salaries, you did not figure in any of the Per Diem and travel expense they automatically receive whenever they are in session or out doing Government business. That amount is over $100 per day when in session, plus the amount they receive in compensation for doing government related business when out of Salem or whenever out of session. Those numbers should be added on to the pay, you will then get accurate accounting numbers. It all adds up to a very much higher compensation amount than when you just take the salary as the end of compensation recieved by the individual politician.

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