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Song Parodies -> "Taxes We Pay"

Original Song Title:

"Games People Play"

Original Performer:

Joe South

Parody Song Title:

"Taxes We Pay"

Parody Written by:

Michael Pacholek

The Lyrics

What's this? Mike the flaming liberal is writing a parody about taxes? It's not the kind of protest you think. After all, as the man we elected our President in 2000, Al Gore, reminded us of the immoral men who currently run the American government, "They have taxed the many to enrich the few, and it is time for them to GO!"
Na-na-na, na-na-na, na-na.
Na-na-na, na-na, da-doo.
Da-da-da, da-doo.

Oh, the taxes we pay, now
every night and every day, now
do they go the right way, now?
No, that isn't what I mean.

To the oil-rich powers
and the ivory towers
on the orders of the coward
in the Presidential limousine.

Na-na-na, na-na-na, na-na.
Na-na-na, na-na, da-dee.
I'm talkin' 'bout you and me
and the taxes we pay.

Whoa, we make other people rich
but ourselves, we ain't got a stitch
and sit and whine and gripe and kvetch
that the other one's to blame.

But Republians won't give in
and they'll go and screw us again.
Kerry wouldn't, that's what might have been
and that's a dirty rotten shame, whoa.

Na-na-na, na-na-na, na-na.
Na-na-na, na-na, da-doo.
I'm talkin' 'bout you and me
and the taxes we pay.

(instrumental break)

Na-na-na, na-na-na, na-na.
Na-na-na, na-na, da-doo.
I'm talkin' 'bout you and me
and the taxes we pay.

Lookit here!
People walkin' up to ya
singin', "Glory, hallelujah!"
While our boys die in Fallujah
in the name of the Bush.
Now I just sit here and contemplate
about the time we're gonna have to wait
November 4th, 2008
freedom gets a good push!

Na-na-na, na-na-na, na-na.
Na-na-na, na-na, da-doo.
I'm talkin' 'bout you and me
and the taxes we pay.

Now, wait a minute!
Look around and tell me what you see.
What's happening to you and me?
God, grant me win in lottery
so my life ain't a sham.

Gotta face tax inanity
'cause o' Dubya's insanity
only likes rich humanity
for us, he don't give a na-na-na...

Na-na-na, na-na-na, na-na.
Na-na-na, na-na, da-doo.
I'm talkin' 'bout you and me
and the taxes we pay.

Na-na-na, na-na-na, na-na.
Na-na-na, na-na, da-doo.
I'm talkin' 'bout you and me
and the taxes we pay.

(repeat 'til fade)

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alvin rhodes - March 06, 2005 - Report this comment
ain't that the truth...5s
John Jenkins - March 06, 2005 - Report this comment
Some very clever rhyming and word play (inanity/insanity/humanity and others), but this parody ignores the simple fact that the Bush tax cuts reduced taxes across the board - for every tax payer.
MrMacphisto - March 06, 2005 - Report this comment
While what John said is true, what matters is how the proportion of tax decreases went. Bush decreased taxes for the rich way more than the middle class, and I'm not just talking about the numerical amount, I'm talking percentages. The highest tax bracket percentage went down far more dramatically than the bottom four. If Bush really intended to stimulate the economy and allow people to keep more of their own money, he should've updated the tax bracket thresholds more to account for inflation and the cost of living. It's the middle class that needs the most tax relief, not the rich. The rich pay far less in taxes in this country than any other first world nation. Yet, they're the same ones that scream for tax relief more than the rest of us.
Michael Pacholek - March 06, 2005 - Report this comment
And let me add to Macphisto's superb, well-reasoned, very observant analysis by saying that a lot of the people who lost their jobs found that their "tax cut" went real fast, so their drop in income should have been called a "tax hike." Too bad John Kerry, a great man but one of poor imagination, didn't think of that. What can I say, he tried to give America a statesman, but the Democratic Party needed a politician.
John Jenkins - March 06, 2005 - Report this comment
To MrMacPhisto and Michael Pacholek and others who think that the rich in the United States don't pay their fair share of taxes - in 2002, the top 5% of taxpayers (those making > $126,525) paid 53.8% of total individual income taxes. So the bottom 95% pay less than half of total income taxes.
br>So, let me ask you:
If you don't think that absorbing 53.8% of the national tax burden is adequate, what % would be? And do you seriously think that earning $127,000 per year is really all that rich?
Michael Pacholek - March 07, 2005 - Report this comment
I'd start at 60 percent, and negotiate upward from there. But I'll make a deal with you: If Bush and Cheney resign their stolen offices, and Ken Lay pleads guilty and gets the Presidential suite at Leavenworth -- the James Buchanan suite, hopefully you'll get the joke -- I'll lower it to 52 percent, less than it is now. How about that?
John Jenkins - March 07, 2005 - Report this comment
I agree with you on Ken Lay. His devious ways caused a lot of grief for a lot of Enron employees, not to mention the state of California; and, whether he pleads guilty or not, an appropriate punishment would be for him to forfeit all of his wealth to be distributed among his victims. Plus losing whatever dignity he has left in the Buchanan suite.
MrMacphisto - March 08, 2005 - Report this comment
John... you bring me to my next point... It's not someone who makes $127,000 that should be paying that much, it's billionaires like Bill Gates that should be paying 53.8%. After all, the top 5% of the country holds 80% of the wealth. The top tax bracket needs to be split into higher brackets, since someone making 127,000 shouldn't pay the same % as Bill Gates. The ultra-rich (billionaires) have the most power in this society politically, and they should have to at least pay for it.
John Jenkins - March 08, 2005 - Report this comment
Do the very wealthy become rich by exploiting the rest of us or by providing goods and services that the rest of us need and want? Of course, Ken Lay did it through exploitation; but, most people, including Bill Gates, become rich by being risk takers and innovators and creating wealth for a lot of other people. The more you tax them, the more you destroy the incentives to be successful, and the more you encourage them to invest elsewhere. Our economy's strength derives from the entrepreneurs who create wealth, not from the politicians who take it and distribute it.
MrMacphisto - March 08, 2005 - Report this comment
The extremely wealthy do generally become rich by exploiting the consumer and bending trade regulations as much as possible. Bill Gates did it with Microsoft (and was only spared an indictment by the Supreme Court because most of the Justices have business connections with Microsoft -- major stock shares and the like). The Bush family did it by playing both sides of the military industrial complex during both World Wars. Cheney continues to do it with his oil buddies. Power corrupts, and so it seems pretty obvious what extreme power does. If taxing truly destroyed incentives to be successful, then Sweden would have no billionaires. Their highest tax bracket is something like 70%, and yet, they still have a thriving shipping industry with several billionaires present. Oh yeah, and they reinvest in Swedish assets among many others. Investors invest elsewhere when the value of a nation's currency falls. That's what's happening because of our rising deficits, not because of taxation. You are correct that an economy is not generally stimulated by federal spending, but I think you should tell Bush about that in reference to the massive military spending we're doing.
Michael Pacholek - March 09, 2005 - Report this comment
Macphisto: Not only are you right about Sweden, but this is true despite the fact that James Bond killed Karl Stromberg back in '77.
MrMacphisto - March 12, 2005 - Report this comment
Thanks, Mike... Good parody, btw... Stromberg... lol... good obscure reference

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