Betchya didn't know that.
Yep, ol' Colonel Billy is not only a 'smack talking' auctioneer'*, he's also a code talker.
Remember this exchange that I had with the Colonel last September?
The bus made several stops at this stop.
At that time, Boehner had put out there a plan to raise the retirement age to 70. This is what we were talking about with Billy.
I was so effin' dumb that I never realized that was just a smokescreen to divert attention from the plan to do away with Social Security and Medicare entirely.
Here's a transcript of part of the convervsation:
BL: Yeah, we got to honor our commitment to people.
BL: We can't, we got to honor our commitment to seniors.
JL: Well, then, are you saying that, uh, you would consider raising the Social Security retirement age to seventy?
BL: Listen, I'm, I think we need to honor our commitment to our seniors.
JL: So you would vote against, if John Boehner got to be Speaker of the House, you would vote against his plan to raise the Social Security age to
BL: I haven't looked at his plan, to be honest. But I'm not for raising the age of Social Security right now at all. (Another red flag we all missed. In September, 2010, Billy signals that he does not read anything with more substance than the talking points. Remember the kill the internet bill? I do.)
Female: For any reason? Not even for the future?
BL: We're talking about for now. (Billy was as nervous as worm in hot ashes when we was atalking about this)
JL: Well, well, well.
That's right, well, well, well.
Billy's code words were "honoring our commitment to our seniors" and "We're talking about for now."
Those are code words for "If you were born after 1957, all the money you paid into Social Security and Medicare" will be lost."
Or, in A 'Billyism' "You'll be staggering around like buckeyed calf" or Billy, it turns out, was conveniently born in 1955. He's as happy as a heifer in the corncrib.
Isn't that special.
I jist wish ol' Billy would driv a stake in MO7.**
*To see how Tuesday's midterm rout will change the face of Congress, look no farther than the Bible Belt of southwest Missouri. Voters there replaced Rep. Roy Blunt, a savvy insider, with Billy Long, a smack-talking auctioneer with no college degree but a pithy slogan: "Fed Up."
**Down in the Holler, A Gallery of Ozark Folk Speech, Vance Randolph and Geo. P. Wilson, University of Oklahoma Press, 1953, First Edition, page 220.