Saturday, May 14, 2011

Suffer the Children, A Saturday Centus


Jenny Matlock

Welcome to the fifty-fourth week of Saturday Centus, that mind-stretching, word-counting, baby-chopping, literary exercise in succinct creative writing hosted by Arizona’s second most famous woman, Jenny Matlock, at her blog “off on my tangent.”

Each Saturday Jenny supplies us a prompt and the participants in this meme, or “Centusians” as we are widely known on the interwebs, have a whole week to write short 100 word stories or poems around that prompt. 

If you haven’t tried it, you really should. 

Especially if your name is Jayne.

The rules dictate we can write in any form we want (story, poem, recipe for vegetarian Hungarian goulash, polka song, etc.) as long as we keep it clean and don’t go over the 100 word limit excluding the prompt.  Keeping that in mind, I am climbing up on my political soap box once again to rant a bit.  (I tried to do a polka, but it just didn’t have the impact I’d hoped it would.)  This week’s prompt is “Hush little baby, don’t you cry.”

Here is my contribution to this week’s Saturday Centus.  I have entitled it:

Suffer the Children

“Mama, I’m so hungry!”

“I know, baby.  Ever since the Republicans went to war against the poor and middle class, we’ve had to suffer.  They don’t want us around anymore so they took away our food, homes and medical care.

“Mama, why do the ‘publicans hate us?”

“They just don’t care about us because we aren’t wealthy contributors to their campaigns.”
“But I didn’t do anything!” she sobs.

Hush little baby, don’t you cry.   It’s not your fault these idiots were elected.  Let’s look over in that other dumpster.  Maybe there’s something to eat in there.”

And Now My Rant:

Their corporate masters have spoken and now Republicans have launched a full-scale assault on the poor and middle class.   As millions in this country struggle with unemployment, hunger and homelessness, the Republican Party has released their proposed 2011 budget which calls for $6 trillion dollars in cuts over the next ten years.

Their contempt of the non-wealthy knows no bounds as even children are put in their cross-hairs.  The budget calls for billions of dollars to be cut from government support of programs such as special education, students with disabilities, Head Start, and health and nutrition programs for women, children and infants. 

The proposal slashes investment in infrastructure, education, ends guaranteed health care for seniors on Medicare and denies health care coverage to tens of millions of Americans while protecting tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, corporations and their special interests.  It will also lead to hundreds of thousands more becoming unemployed and cause irreparable harm to the economy. 

You have to wonder why the Republicans  would pander to the top 400 mega-rich people in America that control more wealth than 150 million other Americans, now wouldn’t you?  Over the last 50 years the tax rates for the rich have continued to decline by 2/3 while everyone else’s has doubled, and yet Republicans continue to push for more tax cuts for the rich while throwing middle-class and poor Americans under the bus.  

So stick it to the sick and poor people and suffer the little children, but by all means make the rich richer.  That’s what Jesus would do, right?

And they have the nerve to claim they are the party of “moral values?” 

I think someone needs to get them a dictionary.

Jenny Matlock

Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were 
a member of Congress.   But I repeat myself.     
--  Mark Twain



  1. Great centus, rant, and Twain quote. I love it, Tom. You argue with knowledge - impressive knowledge, at that- unlike those 'publicans.

  2. Two for the price of one! A story AND a rant!!

    Well done, Tom. I think the dems should hire you on...


  3. Wow, Tom, I don't know which I like better - the centus or the rant.

    So, I'll take them ad seriatim. A stark reminder of what goes on in this country that we don't always see - or want to see, - this centus broke my heart. I feel so impotent in the face of the struggles of the less fortunate.

    As for the rant, You Go, Dude! I'm right there with you.


  4. I only hope that the Republican voters come to their senses when election time comes around. The spin that the Republicans are putting on things is clouding issues with blatant lies. The less educated their constituents become through budget cuts, the less chance they have of realizing the truth.

    Excellent centus, Tom. I love your rant!!

  5. Bravo Tom! Wow, I'm in awe of YOUR blog! Haha.:)

  6. Nothing wrong with a good rant, and even less with satire well done, whoever or whatever the target is.

  7. Aw, Tom... Now I just want to marry you. I'm off to "like", "Stumble" and "Tweet" this.

    You rock!

  8. Good centus and rant...I'm gonna have to try to work in a rant along with a centus sometime, from the other side of the fence (*WINK*)

  9. Okay, first.

    I try to stay away from politics because it makes me sick. Everytime I hear one of these morons tell us how things are getting better I want to smack them in the head.

    I loved this story but I also hated it at the same time. I think there is so much truth to these words that I am frightened for all of us in the world who are NOT one of the top 400 mega-rich.

    I dunno. I keep thinking I'm going to move to New Zealand.

    Maybe sheep aren't quite as stupid about running the country.

  10. Oops. I forgot the second.

    Yeah. Brilliant Tom as always. Don't let your wife read Jayne's comment!


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