In the fall of 2007, when the U.S. economy first seemed in peril, I began answering reader queries here on the Business Desk. I still do so occasionally, but this page has expanded to include posts from eminent economists, "far-flung correspondents," and a variety of voices that have intriguing and/or useful things to say about economics, broadly defined. Please feel encouraged to respond to any and all of them.
And stay tuned- we'll be posting songs from Merle all week. Meanwhile, he and I invite you and your inner balladeer to join in and enter a Making Sen$e contest. Got a lyric or two about European debt woes? Portugal's? Belgium's? Lichtenstein's? Post them (or a link to a video of you singing them) in the comments below. And here's the best part: Merle will record the winning lyrics, and we'll post his rendition of your work here. You can even copy it for your home answering machine!
Here's an example, also about Spain, to get your creative song-writing started: