PART ONE: SOME THINGS ARE NOT FUNNY
This is not a political blog, and for the most part, I am not a political person. But today I am going to share something I read in the New Yorker:
On Social Security, Clinton has avoided a detailed approach to fixing the system, which is expected to run out of money by the twenty-forties; for now, she would appoint a trusty “bipartisan commission” to recommend solutions. Obama proposes raising the ceiling on income that is subject to the payroll tax. As a political strategy, this appears to be a terrible idea. A potential crisis in the Social Security system is a long way off. Why, then, would a new President spend political capital on yet another tax hike when he will almost certainly seek to undo the Bush tax cuts for more immediate demands, like universal health care? When I asked Obama about this, he smiled and leaned forward, as if eager to explain that my premise was precisely the politically calibrated approach that he wanted to challenge. “What I think you’re asserting is that it makes sense for us to continue hiding the ball,” Obama said, “and not tell the American people the truth—”I am so very tired of being lied to. I am so ready for someone to tell me the truth. Anyone else?
I interrupted: “Politically it makes sense—”
He finished the sentence: “—to not tell people what we really think?”
PART TWO: I'M GONNA EAT YOUR ASS UP LIKE STEAK AND SHAKE
But that's enough serious for today. Here's one of my favorite moments of onscreen musical comedy. The basketball scene from Charlie Ahearn's Wild Style.