Wednesday, February 09, 2005

It's kind of muddled

Bush's Alzheimers continues to get worse. From Tampa Bay, February 4, 2005:

"WOMAN IN AUDIENCE: I don't really understand. How is it the new [Social Security] plan is going to fix that problem?

DUBYA: 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 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."

On February 8, in Detroit, the traditional question and answer period after Bush's speech was mercifully dropped. Bush is the guy who is going to lead the United States on a series of wars around the world, probably culminating in some kind of world war. What is the procedure if a President becomes too mentally incapacitated to do his job? What is the procedure if half the population won't admit that the President has a problem? Americans should be very afraid.