I received an email this morning from “Merle Hazard” about his latest song. It’s one of his best.

US Racing Towards Fiscal Cliff

If the video does not play, or if you wish to submit lyrics or ideas for his next song, please click on A Q-and-A, Plus a Ditty and Contest as U.S. Races Toward the ‘Fiscal Cliff’

Merle Explains …

Though I’m a country singer, I also love surf-style music. The only thing wrong with the genre is that these songs are always — of course — about surfing, as well as teenage romance and drag races. There should be more on macro-economic topics and political economy. So I’d like to do another one like ‘Fiscal Cliff,’ but I’m out of ideas. I’m hoping NewsHour audience might help. I have in mind a song contest. Submit a topic, a key phrase, or a whole lyric. Whatever you like. The Making Sen$e team and I will jointly select the winner. Assuming we get a good idea or two, I will turn it into an original song. There is no money involved, as the market for econ surf songs is somewhere between inactive and inconceivable. But the winner will garner Internet fame on Making Sen$e, perhaps even go viral, and will in any case earn a heart-felt thank-you from me. At the very least, you should have fun and a story to tell.

This is clearly a way to get free publicity for Making Sen$se as well as free ideas for a new song, but hey, I don’t mind as long as a good song comes out of it.

I asked for a song about the pension crisis, pointing Merle to my post Stockton CA Bankrupt; Unions (Not Housing Bust) Primarily to Blame; Pension Death Trap for Cities; What’s the Solution?

I did not provide any lyrics or a background melody, so have at it, if you like my topic.

There is a form on the above link to submit ideas. May the best pension song win!

Mike “Mish” Shedlock
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