Dumb Grid, Dumb Congress

The 90s had 20 mass power outages a year,
Now we have a hundred, I fear.
Weather extremes, while Congress snores,
And down a rat hole, some $50 billion pours.

A century ago, we funded progress and beyond,
And laid power grid foundations — now Congress yawns.
Population rises, technology explodes,
But leaders and leadership simply implode.

A linear structure, evolved from century old dreams,
Yet one falling tree shatters light beams.
Upgrades were developed and shown in tech labs,
But launched in Eurasia, using smart tabs.

Yes, dumb like politicians, our power grid remains,
It shows no dynamics like a political reign.
A half-hour blackout in Super Bowl tiers,
Still married more wattage than Congress in years.

Sandy spread outages through distant states,
Even in Virginia where Cantor rebates.
Blackouts continued for weeks in a row,
While Boehner demagogued, and Christy did blow.

No dynamo smartness for our grid they say,
While for infra updates Repugs say nay.
They’d rather subsidize deadbeats — entitled rich,
Whilst for campaign money, politicians twitch.

Blackouts in the future will be a common scene,
Til we put political hacks on permanent leave.
Living in darkness will be weeks or more,
While additional booty, corruption will score.

Let’s power them down — self-service and greed,
And vote for a future with an inclusive creed.

James Hoover is a recently retired systems engineer. He has advanced degrees in Economics and English. Prior to his aerospace career, he taught high school, and he has also taught college courses. He recently published a science fiction novel called Extraordinary Visitors and writes political columns on several websites. Read other articles by James.