How does a people slide from great to greedy?
The Romans had their bread and circuses.
Today there is pizza everywhere
and NFL football.
That long-ago empire ruled
the known world before its collapse.
We believe in exceptional America,
land of freedom, home of bravery.
But now become a battlefield
of bankers and borrowers.
The poem above was written in February 2011. In the last ten months there has not been much change in America. Now there is less than a year to the 2012 elections. The Congressional Super Committee that was created at the brink of a government shutdown was unable to agree on spending and taxes. Even a temporary payroll tax cut and an extension of unemployment benefits were too difficult for this warring branch of government. It feels like our country is in free fall.