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Government Waste, Groucho is "Against It"

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Over coffee yesterday, we were talking politics, (what else) when some one parodied the current crop of Republicans with the words, "No matter what is proposed, they say they're against it." Something clicked with those words and I heard it being sung with a certain New York accent. I repeated the snippet to the crowd, but no one knew it. I racked my brain: was it from a Broadway musical....I went through my list but couldn't connect But with the magic of Google, who needs memory if you can type words into a search engine, which I did just a while ago.

And here it is, in the inimical style of Groucho Marx from "Horse feathers" of 1932 (I probably heard it first during a revival of their work in the 1960s) Here's the link from the film (only the first 56 seconds are this song)

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And here are the lyrics:

By Harry Ruby (music) and Bert Kalmar (lyrics)

Performed by Groucho Marx in "Horse Feathers" (1932)

I don't know what they have to say,
It makes no difference anyway --
Whatever it is, I'm against it!
No matter what it is or who commenced it,
I'm against it.

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Your proposition may be good
But let's have one thing understood --
Whatever it is, I'm against it!
And even when you've changed it or condensed it,
I'm against it.

I'm opposed to it --
On general principles I'm opposed to it!

Chorus: He's opposed to it!
In fact, in word, in deed,
He's opposed to it!

For months before my son was born,
I used to yell from night till morn,
Whatever it is, I'm against it!
And I've kept yelling since I commenced it,
I'm against it!

Now to part two of this diary, which is held together by both being the theme of Tea Party Republicanism,. In this part, although not set to song, it could be:

Out Government Waste

We don't care what it is
or what it does
or what it's for
It's out
It's gone
Government waste will be no more

Cut the budget, cut it deep
No more taxes for those creeps
We are strong, we stand alone
An those who can't are on their own

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America, America,
God shed his grace on thee
Cause I ain't paying any more
for those who ain't like me

To illustrate those words, I'll include my own video, one take, no editing, of what conservatives love to describe as flagrant government waste that I discovered right in my neighborhood. They were actually about to bury the evidence when I came along and captured the entire thing:

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