Tuesday, February 08, 2005

"Didn't he ramble. Didn't he raaaaaaam-ble."

Pandagon, among others, has some excerpts from Bush's attempt to explain his plans for Social Security to an audience in Tampa. Chief among them is this tidbit:

"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."

You know, I would have made this a Skippy post, but where would I begin with a quote so aimless and confusing (or 'muddled', as the President phrased it in his solitary brush with coherence). In terms of eloquence, he makes Paulie Shore look like Oscar Wilde. All I can add is to second the thoughts of Demagogue on this: Would you trust this man with your retirement?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Bush has many fine qualities, but public speaking definately isn't one of them. The presidential debates were simply painful to watch. The first one was, of course, the worst. I turned off the TV after 45 minutes because it got too painful to watch my candidate get eviscerated. Moreover, I found it insulting. It was plainly obvious that Bush didn't prepare for the debate, but decided to wing it. During the first few minutes of the second debate, Bush threw Kerry off balance, but it didn't last long. It would be generous to call any of the debates a draw. But ideology and leadership matter more than rhetoric (or even putting together a coherent sentence), so I didn't change my mind pulled the lever for Bush, and Libertarian for every other race.

As for trusting Bush with my retirement money, the short and the long answer are both 'no'. I don't trust any politician with my money, which is why I want it in my pocket. -- David P.