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Ex-Senator Simpson fights the debt, 'Gangnam Style'

Former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson, he who would change the world financially, decides that he, too, must Gangnam in order to get the attention of young people on behalf of a debt-reduction effort.

The Can Kicks Back/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

As the election campaign ground along with the relentlessness of Ann Coulter drinking 18 cups of coca tea a day, you might have heard the phrase "Simpson-Bowles" once or twice.

This is not to be confused with Ashford Simpson, Jessica Simpson, or the BCS Bowles Series.

It was a plan to save money, so that young people can have more cash for bong-fillers and bubble gum.

Now former Sen. Alan Simpson (R.-Wyo.), the first part of Simpson-Bowles, has decided that the young haven't listened to him enough.

And when young people don't listen to you enough, what do you do? You Gangnam, that's what.

Here is a mesmerizing video of Simpson waggling his wrists and hoping for the best.

The senator is clearly aware that Psy's "Gangnam Style" video is now the most popular YouTube video ever.

So he is using it as a vehicle for young people to realize that "The Debt Is Too Damn High," as the Web site of has it.

The Can Kicks Back is trying to raise an enormous petition in search of a bipartisan agreement on the debt. Which will need as much luck as the Washington Wizards in reaching the NBA Finals.

Still, the senator wants you to use "those precious social-media skills" to sign up three people a week to the cause.

"These old coots will clean out the treasury before you get there," he says, as if this was a terrible thing.

I know there are some who believe that today's 20-to-30-year-olds are stupendously entitled.

Some older, more modest folk would find a soaring sensation in seeing these smug souls experiencing fiscal calamity and trying to use those precious social-media skills to dig themselves out of it.

I had thought that "Gangnam Style" was a little passe, when the makers of the Remnant Knights video game shoveled a routine into the middle of proceedings.

Even Psy himself is tired of "Gangnam Style."

Perhaps it is always the case that once things drift from fashion, they enter politics.

That might explain the rather cootish folks in Congress failing to agree even on the fact that they are cootish.