Presidential Quote of the Day

This just in from The President demonstrates a clear understanding of his proposed Social Security reforms:

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.)

Music vs. Sports

Something occurred to me while I was watching Paul McCartney’s half-time show. One of the ways you can tell that music is more important than sports is that they’d never stop in the middle of, say, a Paul McCartney concert to watch people play football for 20 minutes.

Here’s a picture of our new cat, Dolly, and another picture of the cat, some broccoli that’s growing in our garden, and proof that I’m going to have to mow our deck soon.