good lord. just took a look at Dan Froomkin - prime sample of Bush going off the script. Very depressing - wish he could at least stay coherent.
here's the quote against the day when the Washington Post archives this & wants money to let you see it -
Bush's response to a question about how his plan is going to take care of Social Securities "red ink" problem:
"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."
Yeah, George, you do that. Or maybe just stick with "steadfast" and "resolute". Worked at the debates, didn't it?
The sad thing is that before I read that, I was actually in a really good mood today 'cause I got a great call this morning - my lapsed ACA certification did NOT do me out of the chance to get some work as an assistant for some eskimo rolling classes during February, they were happy to hire me and I am PSYCHED...heck, even just saying that much cheers me up some!
Does that make me fickle? or just resilient?