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Local Rapper Tells Capitol Hill 'Raise the Debt Ceiling'

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Thanks to President Obama’s national address, constituents voiced their concerns over the debt ceiling Tuesday through calls to their legislators -- hundreds of them. But one man took a unique approach to speak to the stymied parties on Capitol Hill.

D.C.-based comedian Remy Munasifi starred in a YouTube video called “Raise the Debt Ceiling,” posted by Reason.TV, an offshoot of public policy think tank the Reason Foundation. The video starts with Remy in dark glasses, dollar-sign bling and a metallic track suit, repeating the line, “Raise the debt ceiling.”

By the end of the video, it becomes clear that the chant is ironic.

Munasifi takes on the persona of a big-spending representative to criticize those who would increase the limit of the national debt.

“Spending money we don't have, that's the name of the game,” Remy raps. “They call me cumulonimbus because you know I make it rain.”

“Ain't got no moral objections, ain't got no kind of complaints. Ain't got no quantitative statutory budget restraints.”

It’s not the first time Munasifi has taken to YouTube to disseminate a political message.

In 2007, CNN posed a video called “The Taxes Song” as a question to Democratic presidential candidates in a debate.

“My taxes put some kids through college. I can’t afford to send myself,” Munasifi said in the video. “Now tell me, if you were elected president, what would you do to help?”

Then-presidential candidate Joe Biden’s response rings eerily relevant in light of today’s discussions.

“The budget we have here is -- we all dance around it,” Biden said. “We need more revenue to be able to pay for the things the governor and everyone else talks about, and there’s only one way to do it: you either raise taxes or take tax cuts away from people who don’t need them.”

While this most recent video takes knocks at several public figures -- including Dominique Strauss-Kahn -- Munasifi’s last line is a clear jab at the Obama administration.

“If you're looking for some cash, it's about to get heavy: I got some big ol' piles of money, and guess what -- they shovel ready.”

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