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  •  elderly poor and disabled? (14+ / 0-)

    Chained CPI and already laughable COLA equations and these people are going to be hurt first and hurt the most. This is just unbelievably cruel. Nothing could be more reflective of a brutal and uncivilized society.

    I'm disgusted beyond words.

    •  Right, Wendy, the current COLA calculations are (0+ / 0-)

      truly laughable. We need to stop defending them.

      And, those of us on SS now didn't get a COLA in 2010 or 2011 -- nothing, zero -- because the national economy supposedly didn't have any increase in the cost of living in 2009 - 2010. Anyone who shopped for groceries knew this wasn't true.

      What one Congress does can be undone or redone by the next. People on SS didn't get automatic cost of living adjustments at all until 1975. Before that, IIRC, there were some adjustments, granted by Congress as they saw fit. The process was made automatic and tied to the CPI to allow our elected politicians wash their hands of the responsibility.

      Neither the CPI as it's currently calculated nor the chained CPI is worth defending. What we need to do is is what we've always needed to do -- elect more and better Democrats.

      “Social Security has nothing to do with balancing a budget or erasing or lowering the deficit.” -- Ronald Reagan, 1984 debate with Walter Mondale

      by RJDixon74135 on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 09:09:52 AM PST

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