Published December 06, 2012
Former Sen. Alan Simpson is going to new lengths to wake up Washington to the need for a debt deal -- this time, dancing to "Gangnam Style" in a viral YouTube video.
The sharp-witted, sharp-tongued, 81-year-old budget guru played along for a video by The Can Kicks Back, a group that aims to enlist young Americans in pressuring Washington to reach a deficit-reduction deal by July 2013.
In the video, Simpson tells today's youth: "Stop Instagramming your breakfast and tweeting your firstworldproblems and getting on YouTube so you can see Gangnam Style."
Nothing if not a good sport, Simpson proceeds to imitate the limber moves of South Korean rapping sensation PSY while his "Gangnam Style" hit plays in the background.
Simpson urges young American to put "those precious social media skills" to good use. "Take part or get taken apart," he says.
Simpson co-chaired President Obama's deficit-reduction commission, whose findings were left on the shelf by the White House and Congress. He has since expressed frustration at the virtual standstill in Washington when it comes to striking a meaningful debt deal.