Make 2021 your year

Let your 2021 have its own life

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Metropolitan Museum of Art (Creative Commons)

You’re at the entrance
You’ve traveled through hell, but don’t
Look back, move forward!

How happy can a
Kid be? That’s us this New Year.
Live like life’s precious.

Let’s realize that
It was a deadly year. Don’t
Let your guard down yet.

This year embrace your
Responsibilities. They’re
A citizen’s gift.

I’ve heard people say
That they will live forever,
Or they’ll die trying.*

Twenty twenty-one
It has a sweet sound to it
Unlike the past year.

Twenty twenty was
The worst year of my life and
I am an old man.

Do not waste a year. Sound advice…


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Photo of the “Yes Man” taken by the author

Holidays curtailed?
You should be thankful. Just think
You might not gain weight.

Think of all the things
We should be grateful for, like
All the gas we’ve saved.

I have a gadget
It supports me by saying
“When you’re right, you’re right!”


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Things we should know but keep forgetting

Do We Have to Love Them?

Don’t you have to love
Politicians? Because they
Always know what’s best

Beware when you hear
A politician who mocks
Someone checking facts

Attack and attack
After all the best defense
Might be offensive

Which is more complex
The clear one or the murky
Or are they the same

Politicians must
Win your vote to reach their goal
Truth is optional

They’ll disappoint you
No one can promise that much
And come through, can they?

Problems abound, so
Our leaders work together …
Yea, like that’ll happen


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Photo by Boris23 (Creative Commons)

The Economy is in for a Wild Ride

With multiple vaccines almost within reach, many are confident we will soon be able to put the Covid-19 era in the rearview mirror and return to a normal life. For the overall economy, this is generally thought to be when unemployment and gross domestic product return to pre-Covid levels. That is, getting us back to the levels of that bygone era of December 2019.

Unfortunately, even though we will undoubtedly trim the unemployment rate and regain our pre-Covid GDP level, the economic landscape will change by the time we do. …


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Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies Photo (Government Photo Creative Commons)

A Modern-Day Example of Tilting at a Windmill

Bipartisanship is in short supply in today’s political environment, but it is critically needed now. With former Vice President Biden, based on published voting results, claiming he is President-elect, and President Trump seeking judicial relief to overturn election results there appears to be no room for bipartisanship. However, this is the environment where a compromise is very much needed to put America first.

Mr. Biden’s supporters claim that for success President Trump must climb an insurmountable legal cliff while the President’s supporters believe the legal challenges are manageable and must be pursued. …


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WGN-TV In the public domain (Creative Commons)

They can now crawl back in their holes

Breathe in and breathe out
Give a sigh of relief, and
Hope they will shut up

Pollsters and pundits
Knew it would turn out this way
Boy, they sure are smart

Let me be honest
I expected this outcome
More or less, that is

I have to say I’m
Not a pollster nor pundit
I’m in the third group


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Photo by author

No hammer required

A real nail-biter
Elections can be that way
Just don’t use real nails

Gary Wells 11/4/2020


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Metropolitan Museum of Art (Creative Commons)

The Election Looms

Vote Biden or Trump?
Depending on who you ask
The answer varies

It spread like wildfire
Half the country impacted
Trump fatigue syndrome

People fear Biden
Well his policies that is
Now you have your choice

Silence is golden
I hope politicians will
Try it sometime soon

Gary Wells 10/25/2020


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Photo by author (Gary Wells)

Brave or Not Remains to Be Seen

Choices

A choice must be made
Mask? No mask? What shall I do?
Because I must choose.
For me the answer is clear.
Cower under the covers.

I have noticed that
For some, answers come easy
Things are black or white
For me, life’s not so simple
Too many options to sort

Have you noticed that
November 3rd gets closer
As the days go by?
That is until it’s here. Then
It will live in infamy

As I look around
I see the world passing by.
“Oh, what a relief!”

Gary Wells

10/9/2020


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Line Outside a Soup Kitchen Opened by Al Capone (Creative Commons National Archives)

Yes, the world is headed toward a depression, but the more important question is will we actually get there?

While there is a good understanding of what constitutes a recession, the definition of a depression is much more up in the air. In the U.S. the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the go to organization for designating a recession, defines one as “…a significant decline in economic activity spread across the economy, lasting more than a few months.” In what is a rush to judgement for them, they declared the U.S. …

Gary Wells

Retired economist and newbie news satirist predominantly using raw beginners “haiku” that do little justice to this elegant Japanese poetry form.

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