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Buzz Ballad: Send in the Thugs

---apologies to Stephen Sondheim and "Send in the Clowns"

Should you be rich

Or a Wall Streeter

Hippies are milling around

Saying you should "care"

Send in the thugs

Diffuse protests

Trying to feed

An astroturfed sense of outrage

Against "corporate greed."

Where are the thugs?

Send in the thugs

Counting upon a press willfully blind

The demagogue in the White House leads from behind

Hoping the street theater of a ragtag rabble will

Convince Congress

To pass his bill

But the students

With puerile pranks

Proved not to be quite enough, and so their ranks

Were swelled with thugs

With paid union thugs

You can see they're here

It is to laugh

It is to deride

Seeing the elements with which

Our president's allied

Here are the thugs

You knew there'd be thugs

'Cause to him they're dear