7 different ways of looking at the government shutdown

What songs should we play for the partial government shutdown?
What songs should we play for the partial government shutdown? (wikimedia commons)

Non-essential federal workers will be in for about half a day today, but only to do work relating to securing things during the partial government shutdown which follows Congress' failure to reach a deal on a temporary spending measure. Republicans and Democrats are deadlocked over GOP attempts to derail or delay the three-year-old health care law. The Senate today is expected to reject the latest House GOP measure which still contains a health care delay provision.

So here are 7 different ways of looking at this mess -- with a corresponding soundtrack -- for your listening pleasure. (With apologies to Wallace Stevens)

#1 Descriptive:

Regardless of your political persuasion, there's a significant inability for Republicans and Democrats to talk with one another. A classic song for a classic problem.

Led Zeppelin - Communication Breakdown

#2 Apathetic:

If you've had enough of the political circus, the only band that matters has the song for you.

The Clash - I'm So Bored With The U.S.A.

#3 Dismissive:

It's no "All Things Must Pass" but Talking Heads' "Don't Worry About the Government" has a certain air of letting things work themselves out.

Talking Heads - Don't Worry About The Government

#4 Optimistic:

Maybe a bit too pollyanna, because at this point, nobody is trying to see it anybody else's way.

The Beatles - We Can Work It Out

#5 Indifferent:

Ineffective government -- just like that dull knife that just ain't cuttin' -- isn't worth wasting another second on. Folks would be better served by getting lost in the groove.

James Brown - Talkin' Loud And Sayin' Nothing Part 1

#6 Paranoid:

Again, regardless of your political persuasion, the other side probably seems pretty scary right now.

David Bowie - I'm Afraid Of Americans

#7 Resigned:

It's a mess. Might as well revel in it.

David Bazan - Bless This Mess


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