I begin, allow me to remind you of something...
SOCIAL SECURITY AND THE FEDERAL DEFICIT ARE TWO
ENTIRELY DIFFERENT THINGS.
So what are we hearing from Republicans lawmakers?
"We've got to cut the deficit, so let's privatize Social
Security. We've got to cut the deficit so let's change
the rules so that you can only retire at a later age.
The deficit is too high so we need to reduce Social
Fuck those people.
Social Security is fine and is in great shape for decades
to come. What's not fine is that your Social Security
and they HATE THAT. The sooner it's invested all safe-and-sound
in some machiavellian Wall Street scheme, the better,
as they're concerned.
You want to cut government waste? Good, then let's start
by deep-sixing the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives
and then move on to lopping-off Homeland Security.
Addendum: I went on a tear a couple
of rants ago about how Americans are slowly destroying
what's left of this beautiful Earth of ours due to
their near-compulsive consumption
of manufactured goods. If your attic and/or garage is
full of junk, if there's a room in your house you can't
get into, if you have to rent a storage facility in order
to store your excess junk then you, my friend, are part
of the problem.
However, uh, I'd like to say that my little screeed shouldn't
count against the 16-DVD collection
of George Carlin's best works which I got as a birthday
present last week. (Major brownie points
to Beloved Girlfriend for this.)
It's called "All
My Stuff" and it's going to occupy my entertainment
schedule for many weeks to come.