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  •  Thanks for the details. I've never (1+ / 0-)
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    understood why my actual cost of living increases far more than CPI figures indicate.  

    I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

    by I love OCD on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 07:16:39 AM PDT

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    •  Need a new CPI -- All Seniors (0+ / 0-)

      The cost of infant daycare doesn't matter to the vast majority of people on Social Security. We can leave that out. The cost of having someone come to check on you, make a meal, do shopping and cleaning does matter and it should be included in the CPI for seniors.

      Chaining includes the notion that people are substituting X for Y. Say, in honor of Alan Simpson, buying cat food to substitute for ground beef or cardboard as a substitute for a roof over your head. I don't really care what the kill-grandma crowd thinks, I refuse to find the cheapest way to claim that I am helping those in need when we cut so many corners that they are not being helped.

      Americans can make our country better.

      by freelunch on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 07:14:15 PM PDT

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      •  Seniors (0+ / 0-)

        Don't live anywhere near the type of destitute lives that you insist.

        How many of these people over the age of 85 worked more than a few years in their lives?

        SS was a great deal for married women who had their prime years in the 1950's-1960's. Many "retired" without actually working a day in their lives.

        Our demographic changes no longer allow so many people to pay so little into the system and collect so much.

        •  Whoa you just stepped in a huge pile (1+ / 0-)
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          of steaming manure.  Women who never worked a day in their lives, or only a few years?  That's my mother.  7 kids because no birth control worked, 7 kids in 8 1/2 years, wringer washer, clothesline dryer, cloth diapers, preacher's salary, three meals a day, housing that required 3 to a bedroom mostly, and one bathroom.  She never stopped moving, worked after we got into school, then decided teens need a mom as much as toddlers do and was there for us.  She paid little in to the system.  In a sane world she'd have been compensated as a professional mother.

          I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

          by I love OCD on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 07:30:42 AM PDT

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