Buck Owens, pioneer of the Bakersfield Sound, was born 85 years ago today. Here he is in 1966 performing a song with one of the best country music choruses ever: “Waitin’ In Your Welfare Line.”

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.