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Monday, February 07, 2005

Billions and Trillions

 

One more word on the State of the Union address before I move on to more stimulating topics. That last word involves Social Security. I know, I said I wasn't going to get into it. But that wasn't a lie. I was misled.

Anyway, it appears that the "privatization" of Social Security will cost TRILLIONS of dollars. And this is according to Dick Cheney. Go figure. I wonder who will be the recipient of all this money...insurance companies, stock brokers, the Bush family?

But wait, it gets even better. Not only does today's budget, submitted by the psychotic, self-proclaimed leader of the "armies of compassion", not contain funds for either Afghanistan or Iraq, it doesn't include any of the costs for his proposed Social Security "privatization." And these costs will be just the beginning if this thing goes through.

And it gets worse. The budget seeks to cut "government waste" by trimming education, health care and, of all things, Amtrak. Don't get me wrong, Amtrak is a joke compared to other countries' rail services, but defunding it? Yeah, that'll really improve its efficiency.

Let's just say I am a little skeptical of all of this talk about Social Security. And the more I read, the greater the skepticism gets.


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