What is this country going to do with this awful, awful guy?
Last year, even though Bush talked endlessly about the supposed joys of private accounts, he never proposed a specific plan to Congress and never put privatization costs in the budget. But this year, with no fanfare whatsoever, Bush stuck a big Social Security privatization plan in the federal budget proposal, which he sent to Congress on Monday.
That's right. Last year, Bush proposed a Social Security privatization plan but he wouldn't tell us what it was!
WASHINGTON — President Bush said Tuesday he would not rule out collecting Social Security payroll taxes on income exceeding $90,000 as part of proposed reforms to the program, including allowing personal savings accounts.
Bush said he will not, however, sign a bill that raises the Social Security payroll tax rate from the current 6.2 percent.
"The one thing I’m not open-minded about is raising the payroll tax rate. And all the other issues go on the table.
And that’s important for people to know," Bush said.
Asked whether he would oppose Social Security taxes on income over the current limit of $90,000, Bush left the matter open…
"I’m interested in good ideas. People need to come forth with good ideas. The one thing I won’t do is negotiate with myself," Bush said.
Okay, again, just think about this--this was Bush's proposal. Nobody else was asking for it. Nobody knew what it was. And Bush, this unbelievably retarded monkey, kept saying, "I've got a great idea and I'm interested in people telling me what it is."
Bush was proposing it...well, something. But he wouldn't say what it was. And anytime anyone asked him what exactly he wanted Congress to vote for, Bush said he wasn't going to negotiate against himself even though he was the only one negotiating.
It was basically like a guy trying to sell a car and saying, "Make me an offer" but he wouldn't tell anyone what kind of car he was selling.
Not only that, he kept insisting that all options were open, though he wouldn't say for what, and while he hadn't ruled out some options for God only knows what, he was opposed to them and they were unacceptable, though he might consider them, although he rejects them on principle.
Asked directly, Bush said he would not bar raising the $90,000 cap, although he does not want to see the payroll tax rate go up.
"The one thing I'm not open-minded about is raising the payroll tax rate. And all the other issues go on the table," Bush said in the interview, according to an account in Wednesday's New Haven (Conn.) Register.
White House spokesman Trent Duffy said raising the cap on Social Security taxes is just one option among many being advocated.
"Just because he said it was an option doesn't mean he embraced it," Duffy added.
And that's confusing. I understand that. Bush was proposing something he hoped someone would tell him the details of, but he wasn't interested in talking about specifics because that would be negotiating against himself even before anyone else joined in on the negotiations.
Also, he wasn't ruling anything out, but he was totally against some things, though they weren't off the table, despite Bush rejecting them out of hand. Those were all details we could work out in a "bipartisan" way, after Congress voted for something Bush refused to propose.
Because, again, telling us what he was proposing might limit the options of the proposal he never made.
He wanted an agreement first. Then, he'd tell us what we agreed to.
And Congress probably would have gone along with this stupid, stupid...non proposal! It's no different than the Iraqi War Resolution--Congress agrees to something; then six months later Bush tells them what they agreed to.
And we all know how well that worked out.
The problem here was not that Congress didn't know what they were about to vote for. The problem was The stupid People. They were irked by not knowing what Bush was going to do them with their money. Congress didn't care. Even Democrats in Congress were saying, "Hey, yeah, whatever! Let's try it out! Let's vote for this fucker and see what happens! I gotta admit, I'm curious myself!"
But the stupid People threw a fit. For some crazy reason, they could understand Social Security in a way that they, unfortunately, can't understand the deficit. So the stupid People threw a great big old, embarrassing Thomas Paine kind of fit and a whole bunch of Congressmen and Women who were about to vote for The Player To Be Named Later stopped and said, "I could actually lose my phoney baloney job over this! I mean, I'll vote for anything. Honestly. But I'm not about to give up this Congressional Health Care package. Or this pension. Have you seen what health care and benefits are like in the private sector???"
So Bush did what he always has to do--he has to go around to a bunch of completely fake town hall type meetings and explain to the people what they just can't seem to unnerstan'. Cuz they're so damn dumb!
On the 78th day of a 60-day roadshow, the president's nationwide Social Security tour, even to some of his own aides, has the feel of a past-its-prime Broadway production that has been held over while other, newer shows steal the spotlight…
"I'm just beginning this debate," Bush said in an appearance at the Milwaukee Art Museum, his 32nd Social Security event this year. "I'm going to spend whatever time it takes to continue traveling this country and make it absolutely clear to the people, we've got a problem."
And Bush did a bang up job. Again, he spent about five months on his 60 day roadshow, explaining to the idiots--The People--what they were too stupid to unnerstan' was clear.
"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."
See how much that thoughtfully articulated position helped the idiots unnerstan'?
What's more, Kohut's latest poll suggested that Bush's association with the issue is costing both him and his proposals. Only 29 percent of Americans approved of the president's handling of Social Security, and Bush's overall job approval rating fell to an anemic 43 percent.
I'm feeling the power of the People, here! I think they really did unnerstan'!
And the thing flopped. It was a disaster. The sixty day "Make 'em Unnerstan' Tour" went on for months and the more the people understood, the more they hated it. The Preznit took his case to The People and 'splained it, and the People said:
"That's funny, especially when Bush tries to speak a language, but what he's trying to say sucks. It's about the stupidest thing we've ever heard. Whatever Bush and his horrible modern Republican party is thinking about doing that they're not telling us--whatever it is, don't do it. Really. It's horrible. It's retarded. And we hate it. And if you do it, 2006 is going to look like 1932. Really. And it's going to look that way for a long time."
So, here's Bush, who makes a proposal to Congress but won't tell Congress what his proposal is until they've voted for it. And Congress won't vote for it. So Bush takes his proposal to the Murican People. Bush says, "Hey, if Congress won't act, I'll make them act. I'll go around Congress! I'll talk to the Murican People and force Congress to vote for whatever I decide they voted for!"
And he does it. And, just like with Congress, Bush won't tell the Murican what it is he wants and he can't explain it since he's too stupid to understand what it is he's pretending to not be proposing. Bush was kinda living in a September 12, 2001 world on this one. And he didn't notice it was 2005.
And the American People pretty much said, "Dude, we all think it's cute when you put on those epaulets and dance around on aircraft carriers. You know, when you dress up like an astronaut or a super hero, it's cute. It's funny. But you're talking about spending $700 billion of our dollars to cut our benefits. With all due respect, fuck off. And don't stop fucking off for quite some time."
And what does Bush do? After taking...whatever to Congress, after taking...whatever to the American people, after...whatever was soundly rejected by The People and their Representatives, Bush decides to stick his "proposal" in his budget.
How awful a President is this man?
Congress doesn't like it? Then the People need to know about it! The People don't like it? Then the People don't need to know about it.
What an asshole.
This is the worst President ever! Yeah, I know you've heard it before. You've heard it a lot. But, no matter how many times you've heard it before, you have not heard it enough.
He's horrible. He doesn't just get horrible, disasterous results with everything he does--and he does do that. He doesn't just routinely appoint people to some of the highest, most important posts in the government who aren't qualified to greet shoppers at Walmart. He doesn't just regard his own responsibilities as non-existant and a joke--taking month long vacations and doing no work--until he wants to violate our civil rights or circumvent the Constitution.
Then he gives us a big stupid lecture on his responsibilities. Then he goes on vacation for another seven months.
But this tops them all. I think. It's one of the biggest programs administrated by the federal government. It effects each and every American. Bush took...something or other...to the Congress. Bush took...something or other...to the American people.
Whatever he was suggesting was soundly rejected by seventy percent of the American people.
It's not just a major policy change, but a dramatic change to American life.
And this asshole buries it in his budget??? He tries to sneak it through.
Pick up your history books, people. King George III never did anything that despicable. King George III never would have tried anything that despicable.
What are we going to do with this awful, awful man?