Re-imagined in the vein of Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken.”
Two fiscal roads once diverged in a graph, And sorry we could not draw a line somewhere in between And be a saner nation, long we stood And looked down one as far as the CBO could project To where it bent slightly downward by doing nothing. Then spied the other, a little more steep, And having perhaps the better claim on reality, Because it was comfortable to kick a can, or something; Though as for that the passing there Had some similar improbabilities (Spending to GDP at 35.7%, ha) And thus both that year equally lay In paths both sides would sign with red ink. Oh, we kept the extended alternative scenario for campaign ads! Yet knowing how bills leads on to new graphs, We doubted if we should ever come back. We shall be telling this budget tale with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence, we the new Singapore (or Greece): Two fiscal roads once diverged in a graph, and we-- We took the Grand Bargain (lol), And that didn’t make much of a difference.