Look, I’m horrible with my own money. Nation-state budgets are preposterously complex. Debt is a real and permissible leveraging tool for towering economies. All the same there is surely some balance. Paul Ryan (R) has proposed one such compromise. He and his confederates see this impasse as a fiscal and ideological “cause” and not simply a budget. Democrats think the proposal is a continuing slap in the already drawn faces of entitlement beneficiaries.

A shutdown looms.

Luckily, the ipoet laureate is here. Today’s installment provides a complete list of federal services which will, and will not, persist during any time when the government is closed. Let’s just say that it doesn’t look good, guys. I’ve seen a number of media outlets forecasting that government websites may not be regularly updated. It’s disturbing to say the least. The DOT’s site in particular will be missed. Their copy is always sharply witted.

Fortunately, this site receives no federal grant monies. So rap news blogging will endure even as the world falls into apocalypse. Like the cockroach of news media.

Performed by ipoet. Music produced by dj elder and dj etch-a-sketch.

Today’s song blog here:

On Pause


Hitting the Snooze

President Obama spoke yesterday regarding his goal to reduce our reliance on imported oil by a third, in the coming decade. The vision is largely predicated on increased domestic drilling and production. As anyone would concede, the concept is a stop gap. It does not, in fact, improve our ability to separate from the very fuel which is indisputably and perilously finite.

Others have observed the psychology of our energy predicament that we can only seem to muster any urgency over it when gas prices are severe (predictably every summer right before vacation) but when they reasonably stabilize we seem to conveniently forget the circling danger. Like hitting the snooze. The metaphor is not mine. I just thought it was accurate.

This Groundhog Day price cycle rhythm of angst and apathy is going to leave us stranded.

Performed by ipoet. Music produced by dj transform.

Today’s song blog here:

Groundhog Day


House Guests

I got some.  So it would be rude of me to spit raw rap news while their trying to get their sleep on.

Such are the perils of the home studio and the real-time news rapper.

But, I’m not leaving you empty-handed.  While it’s not an immediately contemporary news-item, I have posted for your Keynesian listening pleasure a treatment of ethical tensions in economics.  It’s a song off my Qoheleth record, little known, which is available here.  It might sound like I’m a communist, but I’m not.  Just a thinker.

On a relatedly unrelated note, I wanted to bring attention to an organization called Hope International, which provides micro-loans around the world to stimulate small business in struggling economies like Afghanistan and the Congo.

Performed by ipoet (d/b/a sintax.the.terrific).  Music produced by Beat Rabbi.

Today’s supply-side audio here:

Upward Mobility