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Forum Post: 1826 to Present Day. Our Troubles Are Not New.

Posted 12 years ago on Oct. 6, 2011, 6:36 p.m. EST by MerchantofLight (46) from Chicago, IL
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Published in The Times April 1th 1826 Could have been written last week.

My banks are all furnished with rags, So thick — even Fred cannot thin 'em; I've torn up my old money-bags, Having nothing, worth while, to put in 'em. My tradesmen are smashing by dozens, But this is all nothing, they say; For bankrupts, since Adam, are cousins, So, it's all in the family way.

My Debt not a penny takes from me, As sages the matter explain;— Bob owes it to Tom, and then Tommy Just owes it to Bob back again. Since all have thus taken to owing, There's nobody left that can pay; And this is the way to keep going, All quite in the family way.

My senators vote away millions, To put in Prosperity's budget; And though it were billions or trillions, The generous rogues wouldn't grudge it. 'Tis all but a family hop, 'Twas Pitt began dancing the hay; Hands round! — why the deuce should we stop? 'Tis all in the family way.

My labourers used to eat mutton, As any great man of the State does; And now the poor devils are put on Small rations of tea and potatoes. But cheer up, John, Sawney, and Paddy, The King is your father, they say; So, ev'n if you starve for your Daddy, 'Tis all in the family way.

My rich manufacturers tumble, My poor ones have little to chew; And, ev'n if themselves do not grumble, Their stomachs undoubtedly do. But coolly to fast, en famille, Is as good for the soul as to pray; And famine itself is genteel, When one starves in a family way.

I have found out a secret for Freddy, A secret for next budget day; Though, perhaps, he may know it already, As he, too, 's a sage in his way. When next for the Treasury scene he Announces "the Devil to pay," Let him write on the bills, "Nota bene, 'Tis all in the family way."



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