Friday, January 27, 2006

Thank God, Bush Has Help for the Red ("It's Kind of Muddled")

See my earlier daily rant (below), and tell me how this fucking bozo is going to help us do anything to help anyone, anywhere, at any time.

Here's how President Bush explained changes in the social security plan to a dazed audience on February 4, 2005:

Woman in audience: "I don't really understand. How is the new plan going to fix the problem?"

President Bush (his verbatim response): "Because the -- all which is on the table begins to address the big cost drivers. For example, how benefits are calculated, for example, is on the table. Whether or not benefits rise based upon wage increases or price increases. There's a series of parts of the formula that are being considered. And when you couple that, those different cost drivers, affecting those -- changing those with personal accounts, the idea is to get what has been promised more likely to be -- or closer delivered to that has been promised. Does that make any sense to you? It's kind of muddled. Look, there's a series of things that cause the -- like, for example, benefits are calculated based upon the increase of wages, as opposed to the increase of prices. Some have suggested that we calculate uh, -- the benefits will rise based upon inflation, supposed, uh, as opposed to wage increases. There is a reform that would help solve the red if that were put into effect. In other words, how fast benefits grow, how fast the promised benefits grow, if those -- if that growth is affected, it will help on the red."

7 Comments:

Blogger bob said...

That quote is actually from about a year ago, and I think about social security. I remember hearing it and being absolutely mesmerized by it. Really, as confused as he seems when you read the thing doesn't compare to how it sounds when you hear his delivery.

1/27/2006  
Blogger bob said...

Check here for GB Trudeau's reaction to that speech last year (which also gives the actual date, Feb 4, 2005).

1/27/2006  
Blogger Marky Mark said...

I like red!

1/27/2006  
Blogger HB3 said...

Are you a Sammy Hagar fan?

1/27/2006  
Blogger Marky Mark said...

interesting...

http://tinyurl.com/7p46h

1/28/2006  
Blogger SRBissette said...

Thanks, all -- and Bob, note I changed the speech date reference; checked your post, and you were right. Sorry about that.

1/28/2006  
Blogger bob said...

I found a copy of the audio for that Bush clip. Not the best quality unfortunately, but clear enough. Get thered.mp3 here. Note I think yousendit only keeps files available for a few days.

1/28/2006  

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