Is everybody happy?!

Ted Lewis was a famous American band leader whose popularity reached its heights in the 1930s, 40s and 50s.   In the year of the big stock market crash, 1929, Lewis began opening his performances with the rhetorical question, “Is everbody happy?”  It may have been a bravado attempt to lift people’s spirits, but it worked for him.   I’m reminded of “Is everybody happy?” by the passage of the compromise debt ceiling bill and its signing by the President.  Were the question, “is everybody happy” not rhetorical, I suspect there would be more “nays” than “yeas” from the American people.  Still, the bravado of the “yeas” , however false, may be needed for this time in our country’s history.  So let’s hear it, “is everybody happy?!!!

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