So lemme get this straight.
The economy is bumping along the bottom in GDP terms, the job market is stalled, families are strapped, and the potential breaching of the debt ceiling is literally hours away.
And while all this is going on, the House of Representatives is trying to figure out how to pass a bill—the Boehner plan to raise the debt ceiling in two stages, meaning we’re back in this debate in a few months—that the Senate will not pass.
There’s only one solution, an antidote so potent that I was reluctant to bring it out until I was sure it was necessary.
I speak, of course, of Mozart’s Piano Concerto #23, movement 1. The most over-steeped tea-partier, upon a close listen to this music, would rush to compromise on a plan that balanced spending cuts with new revenues.
And for those who like to follow along, an extra-special treat: a link to the score!
This has been a tough week, wherein I’ve posed tough questions to myself and others. Here’s another one: how could a human write down all the little black notes in that score and have them come out sounding so beautiful?
I’m also compelled, in the midst of this Mozart-induced self-reflection, to ponder the plight of other people in other countries facing far worse troubles than a dysfunctional Congress. Might make sense to give the DC craziness a rest and focus on some other trouble spots for awhile.
(I’m terribly sorry this recording ends at the cadenza, but besides that, it was by far the best one I could find on the net.)