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Two Poems by David R. Henderson

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I gave a talk last night to approximately 80 members of the local Lincoln Club, a group within the Republican Party of California. The topic was “President Trump’s Economic Policies: A Balanced Assessment.” After giving some basic background about myself, I showed them a poem that summed up my talk. I’m hereby copyrighting it. There was a president, Who had an orange curl, Right in the middle of his forehead. When he was good He was very good indeed, But when he was bad he was horrid. –David R. Henderson (with apologies to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) The very good indeed was the tax cut and deregulation and slowing of new regulation. The horrid was international trade (tariffs), immigration, and government spending (the last with help from Democrats.) In

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Two Poems by David R. Henderson

I gave a talk last night to approximately 80 members of the local Lincoln Club, a group within the Republican Party of California. The topic was “President Trump’s Economic Policies: A Balanced Assessment.”

After giving some basic background about myself, I showed them a poem that summed up my talk. I’m hereby copyrighting it.

There was a president,

Who had an orange curl,

Right in the middle of his forehead.

When he was good

He was very good indeed,

But when he was bad he was horrid.

–David R. Henderson (with apologies to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

The very good indeed was the tax cut and deregulation and slowing of new regulation.

The horrid was international trade (tariffs), immigration, and government spending (the last with help from Democrats.)

In discussing why I thought the cut in the corporate income tax rate was so good, I came up with a new poem, basically a rewrite of the last lines of Emma Lazarus’s poem at the foot of the Statue of Liberty:

Give me your over-taxed, your wealthy,

Your frustrated investors yearning to breathe freer,

The unwelcome savers of your teeming shore.

Send these, the footloose, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside Dallas, Houston, San Jose, and Miami.

I’m copyrighting that too.

By the way, the biggest pushback from the audience was (no surprise) on immigration but the talk was well received overall.

David Henderson
David Henderson is a British economist. He was the Head of the Economics and Statistics Department at the OECD in 1984–1992. Before that he worked as an academic economist in Britain, first at Oxford (Fellow of Lincoln College) and later at University College London (Professor of Economics, 1975–1983); as a British civil servant (first as an Economic Advisor in HM Treasury, and later as Chief Economist in the Ministry of Aviation); and as a staff member of the World Bank (1969–1975). In 1985 he gave the BBC Reith Lectures, which were published in the book Innocence and Design: The Influence of Economic Ideas on Policy (Blackwell, 1986).

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