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  •  I'm sorry about your losses. (1+ / 0-)
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    Cassandra77

    Death is a reality we all face.  The "assumption" I made had nothing to do with death.  It had to do with being old and on a very limited income.    I don't choose to take the time to lay out all the indignities and worries such folks suffer.  Others have in many comments.  Your fixation on "how much is $4/month gonna hurt? and "why don't the kids fix it?"  implies...implies...to me you have little idea of those folks reality.    

    If you don't agree that there are better ways to run our current government without penalizing the elderly, poor, and middle class, so be it.  That's your choice.  

    I choose to believe differently.  Most thoughtful people do...not that it matters to our elected oligarchy.  I wish for you what you seek for the least among us.    

    The longer I live, the clearer I perceive how unmatchable a compliment one pays when he says of a man "he has the courage to utter his convictions." Mark Twain

    by Persiflage on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 08:20:22 PM PDT

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    •  The assumption you made was (0+ / 0-)

      I know nothing about living on a limited income, not death. I know quite a lot about that in a very real way having just lived with three people as they moved through their 70's, 80's and in my father's case up to 94.  Just because someone is retired and collecting Social Security does not mean they are incapable of making the choices that are the basis of Chained CPI, and when their ability to do that gradually decreases often family members and/or institutions from senior villages to nursing care facilities take over those decisions.  Those who are indigent are helped out by both protections in this plan and by Medicaid, which if you know anything about it in a real way you would know is a hell of a lot better than Medicare.

      I wonder how many people who are against CPI are against it on its own terms or just because it will mean simply less money paid.  My point is that we shouldn't back into proper SS payments by improperly inflating COLA payments. If only the amount of focus in opposition to the new plan was put to bear on the actual payments and not the .25-.3% adjustment to annual increases perhaps we would get to something meaningful.

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