Here are some of Dr. Goose's favorites among the comments received in verse on these pages:
At the thought, bankers rise in a snit
That their dealings are not quite legit,
And they think they’re maligned
Inasmuch as they're fined
For infractions they will not admit.
By Kit Schackner, sent by e-mail in response to Repent, O Ye Bankers
Affecting a phony contrition,
J. Dimon maintain his position:
'Twas a trader's misfire
And our banks don't require
A regulatory perdition.
By Kit Schackner, sent by e-mail in response to Dimon's Congressional Testimony
We decided some decades ago
the factory floor to forego;
The skills needed there
Would come from elsewhere,
where jobs and the future would grow.
By Kelly Conklin, in an e-mail response to Why Apple Is Not Made in the USA
Though a Yale degree offers acclaim
We wonder if they earned their fame.
Is it top shelf, we’re thinking
To Baa-Baa while drinking
Or bellow Bow-Wow at a game?
Our hearts are not broke in the least
That the Ivies have left the Big East.
They’ll still keep on learning
To master top earnings
While other folk’s incomes decrease.
By Kit Schackner, sent by e-mail in response to A Tale of Harvard and Yale
If their bond rate goes up any faster
The Italians can't buy any pasta;
The factories of Italy
Shorn of activity,
Their economy is just a disaster
By Short Verse on From Deep Pool to Bottomless Pit
Four days without water is tough
I feel like I've just had enough
melting snow for the john
and the market is tanking, that's rough!
By Irene Skrybailo (who notes that she has well water) on the Facebook link to The Nightmare Before Hallowe'en
Derivative Bettors on Greece
Are finding they're going to get fleeced.
All that money on swapping
Is wasted on dropping
the debt to prevent its decease.
By Kit Schackner, sent by e-mail in response to A Greek Bondholder's New Haircut
We could stop spending cash on Iraq
Then start to bring all our troops back
And if we withdrew
From Afghanistan, too
Perhaps we could get back to black
By Atlas Cerise on What Happens if We Default?
The experts have certainly said it --
That default would ruin our credit.
But is the solution
In our Constitution?
What's more: Has our government read it?
By Joey Polanski on What Happens if We Default?
Borders is closing? How sad.
In hindsight if only they'd had
The power to see
That books need to be
On Kindle and Nook and iPad.
By Atlas Cerise on Borders Closing
An economist hailed from Wyoming,
Where cell phones are often on roaming;
Not many are we,
though we have YNP
And an energy boom that is foaming.
By Anne Alexander, from Twitter (@wyoaalex)
Barack did his sums and, disgusted,
Said "It's the fault of those bums we trusted!
With tax cuts and 2 wars
And regulatory snores
Our once great nation is busted"
A new unemployment statistic
Relates to our missiles, ballistic.
"Three thousand's too much,"
Said Obama. "As such,
Twelve hundred's much more realistic".
IT SEEMS UNDENIABLY CLEAR
SOME FOLKS ARE NOT PAYING THEIR SHARE
BUT THEY'LL RUE THE DAY
WHEN GOLD TURNS TO HAY
AND HELP WON'T BE FOUND ANYWHERE
By Anonymous, regarding the Greek debt crisis
Charlie Sheen says he’s all about “Winning.”
No remorse for all his flagrant sinning.
He once showed such promise,
With DNA from Adonis.
Now his many detractors are grinning.
By W.M. Dawes on Winning Labor Relations
SNAP Decisions for AmeriCANS
’Twas the land of milk and honey–
now it’s debit cards for money.
With finances in the hole,
one in seven now choose Dole.
By Tonia Kalouria on It Isn't a SNAP
CHINESE PONDER WHAT POOR, BROKE AMERICANS SHOULD DO
A quote from Wal-Mart–not meant to be funny–
states US shoppers now run out of dough.
Shall they eat cake then, without any money?
Or Humble Pie with a side dish of crow?
By Tonia Kalouria on If It's Cheap Funding Yuan...
The lustful attempts of Strauss-Kahn
Did not go according to plan.
Aging flesh noncompliant
Reduced this French giant
To a groping degenerate old man.
By Dana Lamont on L'Affaire DSK
GOOGLE'S BORROWING: WHAT ARE THEY BANKING ON?
To answer that question rhetorical,
one should query an Apple or Oracle.
They predict a redux
of the ’04 influx:
Off-shore monies at tax rates historical.*
*Apple, Cisco, Oracle, Pfizer are preparing to lobby to make just that happen.
By Tonia Kalouria on The $37 Billion Question
CURRYING FAVOR IN AN ONION CRISIS
A Desi sooner would wear a starched dhoti
or remove all the flour from his roti
than consider an onion-less curry:
Onion RINGS will pop up in a hurry.
By Tonia Kalouria on Pungent Predicament
OWED TO FLORIDA
Once famed for the dread “hanging chads,”
Now, it’s the “hangers-on” capital, lads.
Their banks’ “paper delays”
Can add years to home stays
For those good loans that since have gone bad.
By Tonia Kalouria on A Deadbeat's Confession
When she finished Johns Hopkins, she sought
a career in non-profits, but thought
she was treated like meat.
She was too poor to eat,
so she found a job sailing a yacht.
By Kit Schackner on Learn a Global Trade
Said a Harvard professor of econ, "That Google's got something unique on: They have cash by the score, Yet still borrow more; T...
"After proofing each check and gratuity, We've determined beyond ambiguity: Your expenses look funny, If none of this money ...
Said the Lehman bankruptcy inspector Of the repo transactions that wrecked 'er: "The Feds, who were looking At books that were ...
Economists show the proclivity Toward lamenting the lost productivity When Americans cling, From the first day of Spring, To basketball ...
I'm buying a Powerball ticket (Or several, or even a thicket), In hopes I may win A billion bucks in The unlikely case that they pic...
Facebook is valued at plenty By Wall Street's high-tech cognoscenti, Based on 1 billion friends Times $5 each, then Times the IP...
Though intended to thwart something scandalous - That those who have millions on hand do less - The AMT's hardest On households more ...
The US has always depended On a rate of consumption that's splendid, By consumers for whom The means to consume May soon have them over...
"In reviewing your earnings per annum, We're less than impressed, and we pan 'em. The bank may have gains, But this letter ...
Thomas Hoenig, the hawkish Fed governor, Says: "The Dollar has way too much dove in 'er; With a null target rate, I doubt we...
A limerick's hard to complete/In the space of a typical tweet/Haiku, it is true/Are simpler to do/But not a remarkable feat. #NYCpoetweet— Dr. Goose (@DrGooseEcon) April 6, 2012