Let’s put it in perspective. One after another – Greece, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Cyprus – have been singing to the eurozone leadership (along with Lady Antebellum):
And I don't know how I can do without.
I just need you now.
And, of course, any of Europe’s banks seem to be singing along with Jennifer Nettles:
I got miles of trouble spreadin' far and wide
Bills on the table gettin' higher and higher
They just keep on comin', there ain't no end in sight
I'm just holdin' on tight
The Sugarland song’s title is appropriately “Just Might (Make Me Believe).” Unfortunately, just like the folks in the songs, Europe’s banks and Europe’s central bankers and Europe’s political leaders seem to making some spectacularly bad decisions these days as they try to make us believe – against all common sense that they are doing the right thing.
Lots of folks, for example, are singing the lyrics of another Sugarland song to the people of Greece: “And I'll be begging you, baby. Beg you not to leave.”
It’s hard to buy what these folks are selling. Everyone in Europe is singing in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ear (along with Marvin Gaye) – “You're all I need to get by.” And along with Robin Thicke, they’re crooning: “I’m lost without you. Can’t help myself.” Meanwhile, the rest of us are singing along with John Legend:
We're just ordinary people
We don't know which way to go
Cuz we're ordinary people
Some of us, of course are singing the lyrics to “The (Shipped) Gold Standard” along with the band Fall Out Boy:
Sometimes I wanna quit this all and become an accountant now
But I'm no good at math and besides the dollar is down
But as the lyrics later declare: “You can only blame your problems on the world for so long. Before it all becomes the same old song.”
So if you think you’ve already heard the song the bankers and politicians are singing, you’re right. It’s the same sad old song. You don’t have to buy what they’re singing.