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We've had bad times, good ones too, in two semester's history,
All the joy, the pain, the fear and the hope, we'll miss '82-'83,
Reflecting on events that made the time pass so fast.
We'll journey through the year, tracing its happenings and cast.
It began for us with a gentle plea for all to "Stay the course,
While Congressional hill debated on until everyone was hoarse.
Reaganomics was a wondrous plan and it should never fail,
For it speaks a message clear and plain, like a fairy tale.
l D mber Congress was the scene of debate, the budget must e approved,
A pay hike for legislators was just the thing to get those folks to move.
Times did get better we must admit, the economy showed signs of recovery,
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Interest rates began to decline, but jobs were a har isco y.
While Mercedes Benz and the Rolex firms were enjoying increased profits,
Man folks found themselves suffering jobless hunger fits.
The stock market peaked and set new marks for everyone to see,
But farms and ranches slipped unnoticeably into desparity.
And what about the gas tax at five cents on the gallon,
Forcing many to consider trading their cars in on a stallion.
The oil companies painted a lovely scene for all of us to share,
As the industry slipped and forced by the demise of ol' Penn qua
The aged received quite a scare when the end for Social Security was the call,
The budgets too tight - we had to make room - or the system would a
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But Congress did not take it away, instead they ha t err ow y,
They voted into law a measure which gave representatives more pay.
American soil has always been protected from tryannical attempts,
But the land was assaulted by waste and abuse, the EPA accused of contempt.
Beaches were ruined and forests were plundered, we hoped it soon would stop,
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And earl in March an action gave hope when Burford too over
The worst pollution, we sufferedg where was a cure for the dreaded disease,
It spread like Ere, the nation was cringing: thousands contracted Herpes.
Alcohol consumption went on a tear, it was becoming more p
Until a group of mothers wanted stiff fines for drunken driving crimes.
Lest we think we've been mistreated and taken it on the jaw.
Look to the east, the world was at war, and Poland's under martial law.
h h o s nt months in a communist prison,
Lech Walesa, the civil rig ts er , pe
'I l ed him they did, but the battle continuedg he was under close supervi
European news was abundant, for some it seemed there was no hope,
We thought the world would war, but peace was the cry from the Pope.
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The British filled front pages with the news, as they shoul supp
When a dealer named DeLorean was caught paying through the nose.
There was a shimmer of gladness as life went fleeting by,
It was quite a thrill when Charles got William from Lady Di.
The Middle East continued to explode, to have peace what would they need?
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Will men ever discern the difference between patriotism and gree
While Muslims and Arabs and Israelis fought on and the children suffered,
The world turned away from the scene, which always will be bitter.
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