Quite a few years ago, one of my friends unknowingly started an unusual tradition. He found himself with a little extra time on his hands that holiday season and decided to take advantage of it. With a beer in hand, he set out to write something a little whimsical. It turned into the most entertaining piece of email I’ve ever received. Each year, there’s a request for a new edition.
The e-mail was an adaption of Twas the Night Before Christmas where he recounts the happens of the year of everyone in the whole college crew. I decided I’d borrow the idea, but made it into a year-end financial review.
Twas the Night Before Christmas and all through the States
Nothing was stirring, especially not interest rates.
The year we speak was two thousand and nine
And more people than found themselves in the unemployment line
This was the year Obama had to really perform
We saw stimulus, CARD act, and Healthcare reform
The real estate problem got more exposure
As more homes started to go into foreclosure.
Bernie Madoff was not cool like Fonzie
Instead he reminded us of a man named Charles Ponzi.
Time’s Person of the Year seemed a little wacky
On the cover was a man named Ben Bernacke.
CEOs from car companies wanted bail out from debt
So they all went to Washington in their own private jet.
The insurance company AIG said, “money, please loan us!”
“We have all these international executives that need a big bonus!”
So the Feds granted that bailout and it was quite a ton
Even more, the Feds cried, “give them vaccines for H1N1.”
Cash for Clunkers was really a great plan
It boosted the economy – especially for Japan.
Searching for green electronics became such a pity
Especially as we had to say goodbye to Circuit City
Think positively, the year gave us many a gift
Captain Sully, The Hangover, and country star Taylor Swift.