Power Line Prize

Catch the Grand Prize Winner on the Hugh Hewitt Show

Featured image We will be posting the winner of the grand prize in the Power Line Prize competition any minute now. Tune in to the Hugh Hewitt Show tonight at around 6:40 Eastern time to hear Hugh interview the winner of the competition, and me, too. In the meantime, you can check out all of the judges’ favorite videos and songs at Power Line’s YouTube channel, http://youtube.com/thepowerlineblog. »

Coming Soon…

Featured image Later today, we will announce the grand prize winner in the Power Line Prize contest. So stay tuned! »

More Songs About the Debt

Featured image So far, we have posted the two highest-rated songs that were entered in the Power Line Prize contest. One of them, Don’t You See?, finished second. But we got a lot of good songs. I wouldn’t have thought it possible to write so many enjoyable songs about the national debt, but when we have time after wrapping up the contest on Monday, we will put together a virtual album of »

“Forgive Us”

Featured image This 60-second video would make an excellent television commercial. It packs an emotional punch that is reminiscent of a famous ad in the 1964 presidential race, only this time in a good cause. Called “Forgive Us,” it was submitted to the Power Line Prize contest by Wayne Robertson. »

“Fiscally Responsible Punk Rock Music”

Featured image That’s a line from this punk rock tune called “You’re Gonna Pay,” by Wilson Getchell, which was an entry in the Power Line Prize contest. It was Glenn Reynolds’ favorite song entry, which is high praise. Here it is: »

Sizing Up the National Debt

Featured image This Power Point by Michael Dopp, which I converted into a video and uploaded to YouTube, was an entry in the Power Line Prize competition. It does a nice job of putting the magnitude if our national debt into perspective: »

The PL Prize: Two More Graphic Images

Featured image Readers have really enjoyed the paintings and editorial cartoons that were entered in the Power Line Prize competition and that we have posted on this site. Here are two more. The first is a collage done in the form of a full-sized movie poster, evoking horror movies of the past. This image is great, but it doesn’t fully do the poster justice, as it is a photo taken by me. »

Next Up for the Power Line Prize

Featured image We have now announced finishers 2 through 10 in the Power Line Prize competition, and have also posted a number of excellent entries that didn’t quite make the top ten. You might think that leaves just one to go: the winner of the $100,000 grand prize. Fair enough: our plan is to unveil the winner Monday morning. At this moment, the winner does not know that he/she/it has won. Over »

PL Prize Countdown, #2: Don’t You See?

Featured image We have been counting down the top finishers in the Power Line Prize competition, arriving now at number two, a song called “Don’t You See?” This song, written by Jason Nyberg and performed by his nine-year-old daughter, was actually my favorite of the more than 200 entries in the contest. The Nybergs get a $15,000 prize for this song–on which, as the extremely catchy song notes, they’ll be paying some »


Featured image Two professional editorial cartoonists entered the Power Line Prize competition. As it happened, neither won a prize, but their entries were characteristically good. This one is by Chris Muir, who draws the internet-based Day By Day strip. It sums up the debt crisis in a simple manner that should be kept in mind by those who are now negotiating in D.C. to raise the debt ceiling: »


Featured image Power Line is the must-read front page for American politics. Check Power Line daily for the latest. See other Power Line Prize entries by clicking here! This video titled “Doorbell,” submitted by Don Brookins, wasn’t a prize winner in the Power Line Prize competition, but it meets the purpose of the competition very well: in simple fashion, it brings home the significance of the federal debt crisis and the impact »

PL Prize Countdown: …4…3…

Featured image The top four finishers in the Power Line Prize contest win cash prizes: $100,000 for the winner, $15,000 for the runner-up, and $5,000 prizes for two third-place finishers. So as of now, we are in the money. The first third-place finisher was a unique entry–in the eyes of several judges, the most creative one we got. It was not a single product, but rather an event conducted on YouTube, Facebook »

Obama v. Washington (George, That Is)

Featured image A commenter on “The Prince of America” said that he wished there had been more paintings entered in the Power Line Prize competition. There were some more, actually; this is one of them: “Washington’s Sword,” by Barbara Allen. It is fun to identify the figures in the painting: »

Digging A Hole

Featured image This was one of the most striking videos entered in the Power Line Prize competition. It is called “Digging A Hole” and was entered by Scott Schweitzer of the Strategy Group for Media. For a while I thought it might win the contest. It is short enough to make an excellent television commercial; its simplicity and ominous tone make it attention-grabbing: »

Passing the Buck

Featured image This short animated video does a great job of showing how we are burdening our children and grand children with unacceptable levels of debt. It is called “Passing the Buck,” and was submitted in the Power Line Prize contest by Kyle Butler: »

The Prince of America

Featured image In the Power Line Prize contest, we welcomed entries in all artistic media. A high proportion were videos and songs, as we expected, but we also got a surprising (to me) number of paintings and other graphic art. This is a painting called The Prince of America, by Jeremy Rosenstein Kortes. A somewhat enigmatic image based on the story of Moses, it depicts an American landscape following debt-driven economic collapse. »

Grains Of Sand

Featured image We got a wide variety of entrants in the Power Line Prize contest. Some were rowdy and a bit crude, like the “Shovel Ready” video I posted earlier today. Others were sweet and child-oriented, like this one. There really is something for everyone. This one is called “Grains Of Sand;” if you like it, take it. »