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  •  i've looked at the proposed chained-cpi cuts (11+ / 0-)

    they are not a good adjustment.  obama has repeatedly offered them as a bargaining chip.

    i see little difference between the r approach and the d approach in his scheme to cut the safety net except perhaps in the desired size of the cuts.

    i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

    by joe shikspack on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 07:49:58 AM PST

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    •  Amen (8+ / 0-)

      What some on this site may not know and need to understand is that there are actually 9 different CPI calculations, including CPI-E.  CPI-E is the calculated cost of living for the elderly.  Why isn't Obama proposing switching to CPI-E, then, if that is the most accurate calculation of the cost of living for the elderly?  Because CPI-E would actually result in higher cost of living adjustments for seniors than the currently applied CPI formula.  So the cost of living for seniors outpaces their current COLA adjustments, but Obama wants to apply a formula that would put seniors even further behind the actual cost of living increases they face.  Either the Democratic party needs to reject cutting Social Security benefits (through chained CPI or any other equally obscene measures) or I (and many like me) will reject the Democratic party.  A Democratic party well to the right of Richard Nixon is not sustainable.  Especially as the country as a whole is moving steadily leftward.

      "Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will."—Frederick Douglass

      by costello7 on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 08:24:21 AM PST

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