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)
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
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.
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
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
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
Again, regardless of your political persuasion, the other side probably seems pretty scary right now.
David Bowie - I'm Afraid Of Americans
It's a mess. Might as well revel in it.
David Bazan - Bless This Mess
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