Michele Bachmann says Hurricane Irene was God’s warning
to curb excessive government spending.
                        —news reports

We know that this God’s an all-powerful God
God’s actions are not nonchalant.
We know he can punish whomever he wants.
So why be so hard on Vermont?

Yes, spending increases our deficit—sure.
Vermont, though, has not been avant
The rest of the country. We all spend a lot.
So why be so hard on Vermont?

Its mountains? Its hipsters? Its accent? Or what
Might tick off the Great Commandant?
We know we’re all sinners; we spend and we spend.
So why be so hard on Vermont?