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The Nail-Biter that Wasn’t

Voters knew just what to do.

Karen Dolan

Obama wins

It was the nail-biter that wasn’t
…not even close.
By just after 11,
the GOP gave up the ghost.

Turns out voters are smart —
they knew just what to do.
They knew who was for many
and who was for few.

The tea party is over,
the real work is at hand.
And we all gotta push
whoever’s in command.

You can get high,
you can marry your mate,
you can get an education,
we can overcome hate.

But the job’s just beginning
to transform how we live.
What we do to the planet,
what we take, what we give.

Don’t make a grand bargain,
that slashes and burns
a safety net that we need,
so our kids eat, thrive and learn.

Tax Wall Street, cut waste,
end wars, tax the rich.
Turn green with great haste,
Frankenstorms are a bitch.

The people have spoken,
we’ve chosen our path.
Now get to work Mr. President,
look at the math.

America’s not broke,
the resources are there.
We’ve gotta be bold,
and create for all a fair share.

Among other things, Karen Dolan is the Institute for Policy Studies’ deadline poet. IPS-dc.org