Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Musings 101--What the hell did he say?

President George W. Bush was in Florida last February and he was touting his social security reform plan. He gave a speech and took unscripted questions from the audience. (See Link)

I know that it is a year old, but since Mr. President is now spying on Americans, I feel that his answer is very revealing:

THE PRESIDENT: Because the -- all which is on the table begins to address the big cost drivers. For example, how benefits are calculate, 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 what 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 -- the benefits will rise based upon inflation, 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. Okay, better? I'll keep working on it. (Laughter.)
Yes, sir.

Q How do you like these hard questions?

THE PRESIDENT: You know. You watch my press conferences? (Laughter.) Please don't encourage him. (Laughter.)

All right then...if George jr. can't explain his social security plan better than that, how the hell do we expect him to explain that he was spying on American citizens.

I was a high school teacher for 30 plus years and I had dimwits that could verbalize better than Bush jr. They say he has an MBA from Harvard...that is what they...say.


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