I grew up on a farm near the town of Frederick Oklahoma and the Frederick Leader was the local paper. In a History Blog (http://www.tillmancountychronicles.blogspot.com/ ), they have reprinted some poems by the editor and owner of the paper from 1910-1941, John Newland. This one rings true today as it did in 1954.
THE DOLLAR ON PARADE
The dollar that at home you spend
Will cheer the ardor of a friend,
Who rushes out to pay a bill
And decorates a neighbor’s till.
The neighbor hands it to a clerk,
With others, for his weekly work,
The clerk forks it over to his wife
Who spends it for the needs of life.
The grocer sticks it in his bag
And makes deposit of his swag,
The banker lets a farmer make
A note, and then the dollar take
As part of funds to make a crop,
To plow and plant and weed and chop;
The farmer pays it to a hand
Who spends his cash to“beat the band.”
And thus the dollar does its part
To keep the life blood in the heart
Of business bounding in your town,
And soon it’s made the trip around
And back it comes to you again
All smiling like a long lost friend.
For home spent dollars are first aid
In keeping business on parade.
John Lynn Newland
Now it looks like our government needs to take note!