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.
Today, an update on our country-country lyric contest, inspired by the econo-crooner Merle Hazard. Those of you who frequent these pages often will remember our series late last month where Merle lyricized about the financial crises in Spain, Ireland, Italy and Germany, all rounded off by an encore of his Greek debt crisis ditty, which became a pan-Hellenic sensation.
We asked you to submit your own financial crisis lyrics, and across these pages, Twitter and Facebook many of you did. We've selected a winner: 'Davidthewriter's "Feelin' Lousy." Mr. Hazard himself is hard at work learning the lyrics and turning them into song. Stay tuned: the winning lyrics and a video of Merle's rendition will be posted here soon.