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The Hoover Years


Hoover is my shepherd. I am in want.

He maketh me to lie down on park benches;

He leadeth me beside still factories.

He arouseth my doubt in the Republican Party;

He leadeth me in the path of destruction

For his party's sake.

Yea, as I walk through the valley of the shadow of destruction

I fear evil -- for thou art with me.

The politicians and the profiteers -- they frighten me.

Thou preparest a reduction in my salary before me.

In the presence of mine enemies,

thou anointest mine income with taxes.

My expenses runneth over.

Surely unemployment and poverty will follow me

All the days of thy administration

And I shall dwell in a mortgaged house forever.

-- Anonymous, 1932 Submitted by Alexandra Lee Levin.

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