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  •  Why are you incapable of calling a cut (0+ / 0-)

    a cut?

    It doesn't do much for your credibility.

    Mayan culture was strong enough to save the Mayan people from Mayan civilization.

    by JesseCW on Sat Jul 23, 2011 at 09:38:36 AM PDT

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    •  I'm just pointing out perspective. (0+ / 0-)

      If the people that figure out the CPI were to say "we got it wrong, CPI-W is getting a new calculation" and it would affect COLAs downward, would that too be a cut?

      Perhaps, but it's not changing base benefits.

      "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White

      by zenbassoon on Sat Jul 23, 2011 at 09:44:57 AM PDT

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      •  Cutting benefits relative to inflation is (0+ / 0-)

        still cutting benefits.

        If we elected a few people who gave a shit about seniors, and they addressed the reality that CPI-W substantially understates real increases in the cost of living by excluding medical costs, I'd happily call it a "much needed increase in benefits" when they adjusted it upward.

        Mayan culture was strong enough to save the Mayan people from Mayan civilization.

        by JesseCW on Sat Jul 23, 2011 at 09:47:57 AM PDT

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        •  And yet, CPI-W has been the norm since 75 (0+ / 0-)

          "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White

          by zenbassoon on Sat Jul 23, 2011 at 09:53:41 AM PDT

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