David Brooks, The Wealth Issue and Bain of Lost Dreams

By Contributor Ernesto Tinajero

Ernesto Tinajero

Below is a poem I wrote in response to “The Wealth Issue,” a recent column by David Brooks of The New York Times.


Hear, oh hear David Brooks proclaim

preach and teach the lessons of our sin

of envy. “Mitt Romney is no spoiled

rich boy. He toils long and hard for his spoils.

Look at his family, ignore that Mormon

part, and see the struggles, which boggle

and hobbles the mind. Google them, I dare

you and you will see that none

of your envy works to be. Admire his industry,

his family’s flight and fight in Mexico,

again ignore the exploitive parcel and part.

He earned the bain of his existence, and any

resentment of his privilege is down right

un-American.” Yes, we hear you David, less

we fall into the pit of envy, one the big seven

sin, you see. But I ask, “Mittens, Mittens

who envies the Mittens?” He slipped down

the poles like incompetent firemen, but,

really, oh great Brooks, only because people

lust after his wealth? Or, maybe the shadow

world private equity that squeezes our bucks

from cruel manipulation of money and not creating

products, services or jobs paints in tainted shades.

Then we find the widow’s mite is more

than the pittance Mitt paid in taxes, follow, then,

his offshore shelters that smack more of Madoff

like sleaze. Especially, think David please,

this after all our Wall Street’s welfare and bailouts.

We cover his ilk tushes to tune of how much?

Maybe, just maybe, open-minded Mr. Brooks,

the mighty Mitt has fallen into disgust out

of the disgrace in our abandonment of our middle class,

by Ronnie Reagan’s lie, that tax breaks, coddling

googooing guys like Romney would bring and

lead to greater wealth for all? Romney renovates

his residence like Nero’s violin, while

the American Dream burns up in ashes.

We have violated the terms of biblical

mandate that to those given much,

much is expected, and this and this

and this is the issues of 99 percent.


One response to “David Brooks, The Wealth Issue and Bain of Lost Dreams

  1. Good poem! I like the allusion to Nero and the violin. Very interesting.

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