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RESPONSE to STATE OF THE UNION 2020 – Um Did He Lie? | Don Caron

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UM, DID HE LIE? – A Parody of "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," from Mary Poppins. A commentary on the State of the Union Address.

Thanks to Elizabeth Alvarez for the great line "Um did he lie?" And thanks to Bernie Sanders and his people for the research breakdown and the inspiration.


I must suspect that “BOOM” does not mean what they’d like to say
when 62 percent of jobs have insufficient pay
and can’t support a middle-class lifestyle for families.
To say that is an economic boom is just feces.

Um did he, um did he, um did he lie?

Real wages of the average worker have dropped annually
and now are lower than they were in 1973.
Wages as percentage of the economic size
are near an all-time low while corporate profits take the prize

Um did he, um did he, um did he lie?

People living check to check are near 80 percent.
Every month they are amazed where all their money went.
The bottom half of earners simply have no wealth at all.
Trump’s hot economy for them just must have gone AWOL

Um did he, um did he, um did he lie?

The unemployment rate is sitting in the same old spot
that Trump referred to as a total joke. I kid you not.
Under Obama those same numbers were the current trend
Trump says they are real now but said they were all fake back then.

Accurate rates of the unemployment must comprise
Those who have stopped searching and part-time worker guys,
which puts the rate at 8.1 percent and not at four.
It only looks good based on all the people they ignore.

Eighty-three percent of that tax break of which he boasts
went straight to the one percent I guess they need it most.
They used it in a record-breaking buyback of their stocks.
He claimed it was for working families. That was heterodox.

Um did he, um did he, um did he lie?

He uses the word miracle describing a nightmare
where forty percent of the US doesn’t have a prayer
surviving unexpected bills like repairs on their car
or when their need for healthcare tells their savings au revoir.

Um did he, um did he, um did he lie?

AP did analysis of pharmaceuticals.
The results will make you want to
chew your cuticles.
There were 96 price increases for every price cut made.
Seems his capacity for lying got a big upgrade.
At the start of last year, drug makers hiked prices high
on 1800 drugs by 9.1 percent, oh my.

Um did he, um did he, um did he lie?

Yeah they did, it’s one of the few things that’s not a lie.
but since he came to office healthcare things have gone awry.
7 million people forced to join the uninsured.
That’s nothing to be proud about, the record he’s incurred


"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" is a song from the 1964 Disney musical film Mary Poppins. The song was written by the Sherman Brothers, and sung by Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. It also appears in the stage show version. Because Mary Poppins was a period piece set in 1910, songs that sounded similar to songs of the period were wanted.

The song’s writers said the word originated from their memories of creating double-talk as children. "We remembered this wonderful word from our childhood," said Richard M. Sherman, who cowrote the song with his brother Robert, speaking in an episode of the Disney Family Album that told the story of the brothers’ careers. In a 2007 interview, Sherman said that the word’s final version emerged over two weeks while they wrote the song.

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