The Business of America / Grady Thrasher

Calvin Coolidge said it best,
“The business of America is business”.
“People” concerns can be put to rest,
human welfare and public health
are obstacles to the pursuit of wealth.

But business learned an important lesson
when markets failed, and the Great Depression
brought America a New Deal fix
to its capitalist-dominated politics.
Loathing what the New Deal sought,
each social measure business fought.
For people, Roosevelt showed a better way.
For business, it was war that saved the day.

For war needs business, thus, business needs war.
Hey! Business is what we’re fighting for!
In a few decades we got it right:
An invisible army, paid well to fight;
strange peoples to call our enemy
whose cultures offend our decency,
dirty, impoverished and across the sea,
whom we can bomb and kill with impunity.

Americans, take pride in the progress we’ve made,
(and the good profit margin in the price that’s been paid).
Be wary of peace; it’s an insecure thing
that rarely makes cash registers ring.
What’s better for business than constant war?
The New Deal could never have brought us this far!

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