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Promises, Promises

Every four years and it seems that every year in between,
Politicians prey upon the masses venting their usual spleen,
Promising this and promising that saying they will deliver!
The scatological babble flows like a flooding tidewater river!

Candidates and their pals prowl about the nation to promote,
Anything they think we ought to hear, anything to get our vote!
They vow to build a local dam and provide universal medical care,
Lower the national debt and clean up the smog polluted air!

They promise never to raise taxes, looking us dead in the eye.
We've heard that one before - they'll increase 'em bye and bye!
When they proclaim, "I have a plan!" we become very suspicious.
They expound on grand schemes - most of which turn out to be fictitious!

Farmers are assured they'll get top prices for beef, corn and wheat,
While promising consumers they'll pay less for what they eat!
They promise new roads, bridges, sewers, schools and such,
But once in office they seem so remote and out of touch!

Regardless of their party affiliation, politicians are all the same.
When things go awry, they take no responsibility nor any blame.
And when at last that exalted office they at last attain,
Alas, it seems all those great promises were made to us in vain!

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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  1. Date: 10/31/2012 6:39:00 AM
    I am so sorry it has taken me this long to get back to you on the comments you have left on my poetry. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and leave a comment Bob. It truly was appreciated. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/25/2012 4:02:00 PM
    Love a voice of reason Bob. In this tiring season Bob. Such a barage of treason Bob. It's not very pleasin' Bob. Have a calm day, It ain't easy. :) Oh and I think your the best at this style. Awsome.

  1. Date: 10/21/2012 4:13:00 PM
    Good day Bob H., still enjoying the soup, hoping you and Vera, are spending your Sunday well. I feel the angst when promises have been making, and not compromised... .. enjoyed reading your deep rhyming poem... always~PD

  1. Date: 10/19/2012 11:10:00 PM
    yes, they are all the same, Robert. Dang it.

  1. Date: 10/19/2012 6:43:00 PM
    on the dot, bob... it's always about something else and not the real issue... politicians should write more poetry to be grounded and learn the real form, lol... a real keeper this one!..:) huggs

  1. Date: 10/19/2012 4:02:00 PM
    That was amazing. I, being only 13, was able to grasp the idea of what Romney and Obama are doing. Having watched the debates, i was able to plug in information from your poem to find it comepletly true!!!! Fantastic job!!!!!:)

  1. Date: 10/19/2012 3:11:00 PM
    Sgt. Hinshaw, Another perceptive pen here as only you can do, always enjoy your writes whether serious or jovial!!