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  •  Tragedy: signal lost in the noise. (6+ / 0-)

    Perhaps the tragedy of the sequester, and any Social Security cuts, is that they will not produce any kind of sudden, extreme harm.

    The harm both of them will do will be real and significant. But it will be lumped into the mess of a generally lousy economy for the poor and middle class, and that general lousiness is caused by a number of factors. I fear the general public will just sigh, put their heads back down, and keep grinding on.

    Stalin supposedly said, "A single death is a tragedy. A million deaths is a statistic." That, in a nutshell, is our problem.

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 08:34:13 AM PST

    •  Well, depends upon what you mean by "sudden." (0+ / 0-)

      The new Chained CPI will likely go into effect on January 1, 2014 (unless they decide to go with the beginning of the federal government fiscal year--October 1st.)

      And many of the other cuts have been prescribed to begin in just a couple of years (anywhere from 2014 to 2017).

      If they go into effect as scheduled, some pain will definitely be 'felt' during the President's second term.  [He just won't have to stand for election again.]  The advantage of being a 'Lame Duck,' I suppose.

      Our mission is to STOP this dead in its tracks, LOL!

      Are we up to it, folks?  ;-)

      Mollie

      "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

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      by musiccitymollie on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 02:18:12 PM PST

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      •  That's what I mean. Tiny, incremental. (1+ / 0-)
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        With the chained CPI, SSA recipients will get their COLA most years, just like with the regular CPI. In any given year, the COLA will be just a few dollars less under chained than under regular. But the few-dollars difference is, of course, cumulative. If your increase is $17 instead of $21 this year, well, $4 a month is not a big deal. But increase the difference by $4/mo every year over the 15 or 20 years you'll draw Social Security, and it becomes a difference of $60 to $80 a month.

        (I made those numbers up for illustration only.)

        A lot of things in the sequester will work the same way. Every change in itself is small; but they add up.

        "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

        by HeyMikey on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 04:02:19 PM PST

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        •  Touche, HM. I'm hoping that younger folks will (1+ / 0-)
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          take away that point, and also call their lawmakers.

          They really stand to lose if the Bowles-Simpson proposals become law.

          Mollie

          "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

          hiddennplainsight

          by musiccitymollie on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 05:14:12 PM PST

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