Monday, February 07, 2005

A few days ago, GW recited a speech about Social Security and then took questions (i.e. he then went out on the high wire, without a net). Here's one of his informed replies:
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.
Although no comment need follow, I can't help myself. To anyone who's at least somewhat intellectually honest, does this sound like someone who knows that of what he speaks? It's plainly obvious that GW has absolutely no idea what he's talking about -- and this is the guy who's going to engineer the fix for SS. Pray.

(thanks Daily Kos)

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