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    cpetty08, 2014

    but I sure wish that some of the older generation would get as worked up about issues younger folks will have to live with, like climate change or structural unemployment, as they do about a change in the way inflation is calculated that will somewhat decrease social security benefits. Don't get me wrong, I'm not for the cuts, but it's frustrating to see how self interested the locus of passion is. I know a lot of college professors whose annual salary is less than what social security pays and they're not getting any cost of living increase. In fact, with state appropriations declining and administrative and building costs bloating college and university budgets, pay is stagnating or falling. These are people starting families, with student loan debt, and a mortgage payment, not retirees with a fat load of equity in their paid off homes and no major debt payments. (Yes I know that doesn't describe every beneficiary, but many). Again, I like the idea of expanding social security and lowering the retirement age and paying for it by lifting the cap. I'm as lefty as left can be. But the Republicans have real power. The House holds the purse strings and they're exercising their power in a tough negotiation. And some people throw a fit over social security but not nearly the same over unemployment or climate change or any of the other issues that are way bigger for X and under and on which we've had to swallow reality and compromise. If people were throwing fits over all the bullshit that's going down the fits over chained CPI being floated would be less annoying.

    Passive renunciation is not the whole of wisdom.

    by play jurist on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 02:21:09 PM PST

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