Friday, December 10, 2004

Iraq, Social Security: Just what's the blue(finger)print for success?

Bush Rules Out Social Security Tax Hike
Well, it's a shame, really. Citing health concerns of the aging senators and representatives in Congress, President Bush was forced to rule out his plan to lead the legislators on a Security Tax Hike. Bush had hoped to head out on a 2 mile hike with the congress-people and a host a picnic to discuss the current Social Security situation, but the whole thing fell through. "We just didn't think people like Ted Kennedy would make it," said one White House spokeswoman.

Biometric IDs Tested Around the Country
The government at this point in time is considering requiring government employees to use biometric identification. That is, identification based on fingerprints, iris scans, and other biological features of the worker. However, I for one, can't see this working. For one, the whole idea of retina scans for governmental officials is completely flawed. I mean seriously, since when have politicians been able to look anything in the eye?

Bush, Rumsfeld Try to Soothe Angry U.S. Troops
All fears were put to rest with another outstanding piece of oration from Donald Rumsfeld:

"I don't know what the facts are but somebody's certainly going to sit down with him and find out what he knows that they may not know, and make sure he knows what they know that he may not know, and that's a good thing. I think it's a very constructive exchange," the Secretary of Defense told reporters traveling with him in India (he was referring to Thomas Wilson's situation, the soldier who complained of searching for scrap metal to amour U.S. vehicles in Iraq).

So here's my problem: if Wilson will tell the officials what he knows they don't know, and they tell him the things they know he may not know, what about the things that Wilson doesn't know they don't know and the things that the officials don't know all the things that he may not know?! There's a large margin of error here. WAY too much speculation for my tastes. I don't know that this is such a great idea.


Anonymous said...

Wow, I thought. Surely that was not a real quote in the last article. And yet, yes it was.
I liked this paragraph in the first article: "He sidestepped a reporter's query about whether the nation can afford new, large-scale debt at a time when deficits have reached record levels. Before engaging in such questions, the public and Congress must grasp the problem, Bush said." In other words, before we reasonably consider the solution, we must panic about what a huge problem it is? Hmmmm.

Anonymous said...

I know that you know that I did not know the things you think I should know...but now I do!
And you're right - biometric ID's could never work with politicians.

ManNMotion said...

Another Classic! This was informative, I didn't even know SS tax was up for discussion, and I consider myself reasonably well informed. As for the second...I hope someone besides Rummy is listening because I think it signals a major turning point. Keep up the good work.