There’s a place in Tennessee, in the capital town
Where bills become laws, and gavels slam down
It’s wonderful, really, if you’ll just come around
There are even committees that meet underground!
It’s called the legislature, and there’s plenty to see
People everywhere, and Fox News on TV!
Lobbyists, activists, flacks, and hacks
There are lots of Republicans, and a few Democrats
And if you come by, on just the right day
They won’t be debating God, guns and gays
Yes, just for you, they’ll set aside that
And read you a book, in a big goofy hat
But then you must leave, skedaddle, skedoodle!
Too much time in there is not good for your noodle!
It’s fun for a day, but it’ll leave you a mess
Don’t believe me? Look at us in the Press!
— By Steven Hale, with sincere apologies to Dr. Seuss and the House education committee, who read to visiting kids last week. Photo by Andrea Zelinski.