Biggie’s Back in Town

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by Gene Callahan and Stu Morgenstern

Since the terrorist attacks on September 11th, a number of commentators have announced that big government is back. For instance, Al Hunt, writing in the Wall Street Journal, said, "it’s time to declare a moratorium on government-bashing." Jim Hoagland, in the Washington Post, wrote of "Government’s Comeback." And Robert Bartley, WSJ editor, has pronounced isolationism to be dead.

We decided a little ditty was appropriate to welcome back our friend. So, sing along, to the tune of "Mack the Knife":

Oh, the shark, babe, has such teeth, dear And it shows them pearly white Just some jackboots has old Big Gov, babe And he keeps them, ah, out of sight

Ya know when that shark bites with his teeth, babe Scarlet billows start to spread Fancy lawyers has old Big Gov, babe So there's never, never a trace of red Now in the ANWR, huh, huh, whoo sunny morning, un huh Lies a field just oozin’ oil, eek But someone's sneakin’ in a Fed reg Could that someone be Big Gov’ment? There’s an e-mail, huh, huh, on a server dontcha know Where Carnivore's just a’droopin’ on down Oh, that Carnivore is just there for terrorists, dear Five’ll get ya ten old Biggy's back in town

Now d’ja hear u2018bout Mr. Taxpayer? He disappeared, babe After drawin’ out all his hard-earned cash And now Big Gov spends just like a sailor Could it be our boy’s done somethin’ rash? Now Mike Milken, ho, ho, yeah, Branch Davidians Ooh, Mrs. Weaver and old Dresden town Oh, the line forms on the right, babe Now that Biggy's back in town I said Klamath Falls, whoa, Macedonia Look out to Peter McWilliams and old Dresden town Yes, that line forms on the right, babe Now that Biggy's back in town Look out, old Biggy’s back!

Gene Callahan [send him mail] has just finished a book, Economics for Real People, to be published this year by the Ludwig von Mises Institute. Stu Morgenstern [send him mail] was a frequent contributor to Slick Times, until the presence of his articles drove the magazine out of business.

2001, Gene Callahan and Stu Morgenstern

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