Yeah, that’s title lonk is for the new Marillion album, go ahead and Hate Me. I ordered the Special edition (but too late to get my name in the book for funding the effort; s’OK, though, I got my name in the two prior ones. Cash flow, yanno) and although it seems to be making it’s way here by deserted-island-bottle, the band sent me a lonk to an MP3 download, so I was enjoying it for a couple of weeks now.
Is it Caturday? Might be, might be….
But I don’t have any good new piccys of By-Tiller and the Snow Cat, so here is one of YZ and Lucifer, with the inaugural fire on the deck:
Canvasser came to the door this morning, made me put pants on and everything. Wanted to know what my biggest concern was in the upcoming election. “Frankly, I have serious disagreements with President Obama and the Democrats on many things…but my biggest concern right now is keeping Willard Romney as far away from the office of the Presidency as possible.”
In that vein, this quote from President Obama is posted in contravention of the Prevailing Wisdom that Obama is going to cut Social Security:
“You know, I do think that looking at changing the cap is an important aspect of putting Social Security on a more stable footing,” Obama said, via satellite feed. “And what I’ve said is, is that I’m willing to work with Republicans and examine all their ideas, but what I’m not going to do, as a matter of principle, is to slash benefits or privatize Social Security and suddenly turn it over to Wall Street — because we saw what could happen back in 2008 and 2009 when the stock market crashed, and we are still recovering from that.”
I have often argued that Obama has actually made no real gestures toward slashing SS, let alone proposing action on it. There was an interesting question posed at BDR’s joint the other day, to the effect of “what could Obama say that would make you retract your support for him” which is an interesting question in itself; although perhaps not particularly pertinent in the upcoming decision because the choice isn’t between Obama and The Perfect. But if it comes down to that, perhaps if he said something like this:
In almost every fight we are involved in here, on Capitol Hill…it is a fight that usually comes down to one conflict: individualism vs. collectivism…That is why there is no more fight that is more obvious between the differences of these two conflicts than Social Security. Social Security right now is a collectivist system, it’s a welfare transfer system…..
If we do not succeed in switching these programs, in reforming these programs from what some people call a defined benefit system, to a defined contribution system– from switching these programs—and this is where I’m talking about health care, as well — from a third party or socialist based system to an individually owned, individually prefunded, individually directed system.
I would like to have more people on our team who are owners and believers in the individualist capitalist system than on the other side, and if every worker in this country becomes an owner of real wealth, of seeing the fruits of their labor come and materialize for their benefit, then that’s that many more people in America who are not going to listen to likes of Dick Gephardt and Nancy Pelosi, Ted Kennedy, the collectivist, class warfare-breathing demagogues.
That is the difference between two starkly different philosophies. There is no equivalency.
Once upon a time, it was also a given that Obama was going to devalue and weaken Medicare. But in the end, the PPACA was enacted, which had the effect of closing the donut hole and strengthening Medicare.
Finally, as a FYF-on-a-Saturday, I find this video mordantly amusing:
Fuck YOU, Paul Ryan, you and your dead eyes give zombies a bad name, regardless of the FAMOUS Charlie “driftglass” Pierce. Too bad they didn’t charge the stage and beat you bloody with their walkers. Although I actually suspect they will use this to demonize the Aged Moochers, like they used Rmoney’s appearance at the NAACP. You know, demonstrating that Rmoney/Ryan are tough enough to tell those parasites what is what, and it will have a tendency to play well with their angry resentful demographic.
Oh heck, here’s a cat anyway: