November 18, 2016 Tax Bits

Election Fever Reruns

By Robert S. Steinberg, Law Offices of Robert S. Steinberg, Palmetto Bay, FL

Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off

(To the tune of “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” by George and Ira Gershwin.)

Intro
Things have come to a great impasse
And the blame flies “tit for tat”
The Republicans want one thing
But the Democrats don’t want that
Oh I fear a sad end we’ll see
Will democracy fall flat?
This great nation born, no longer one
Something must be done.

Verse
You’d cut spending with budget axes
I’d trim spending and edge up taxes
Spending, taxes, budget axes
Let’s call the whole thing off.

I say public and you say private
You’d kill health care and I’d revive it
Public, private, kill, revive it
Let’s call the whole thing off.

Bridge
Although, if we call the whole thing off
Then we might start to think
And so, given proper thought
We might do what we ought.

Verse
Cut big spending and raise some taxes
Stop pretending to grind no axes
Fed-up, knowing
To hell the country’s going,
The people call the politics off
Let’s call the whole thing off.


You Can’t Take That Away

(To the tune of “They Can’t Take That Away” by George and Ira Gershwin.)

Intro
There’ve been many goodies added to
the tax code as it grew
Here are some that we’ve become addicted to.

Verse
The 401 sub-(k)
The corporate R&D
You want to take away?
No, no, you can’t take that away from me.

Home mortgage interest prized
By every family
Think of that home downsized
No, no, you can’t take that away from me.

Bridge
We can’t solve the budgetary crisis
We’ve grown wary of
Lest we all give up some tax breaks dearly loved.

Verse
My contributions for
The art of Johns or Klee
Allowed not anymore?
No, no, you can’t take that away from me.

The rate on long term gains
Health benefits tax free
The lobbyist complains
No, no, you can’t take that away from me.

You can’t take that away
More campaign cash I’ll pay
You can’t take that away from me.