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Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:55 PM

 

If anything at all, SS needs to be STRENGTHENED.

The current CPI-W is a fraud. It doesn't accurately reflect the inflation, only the reaction to that.

I say abandon the CPI-W and install a new system that accurately reflects the current cost of living.

And what better to start is by giving us a 75% boost in SS income, and remove the fucking cap.

SS will remain solvent forever.

And it does not even fucking add to the deficit.

Republicans needs to be extinct yesterday - and we need to get new candidates warmed up in time for '14. And they better start pounding the ground to introduce themselves and try to get the low info people informed.

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Reply If anything at all, SS needs to be STRENGTHENED. (Original post)
Panasonic Dec 2012 OP
mucifer Dec 2012 #1
newfie11 Dec 2012 #2
mucifer Dec 2012 #3
dflprincess Dec 2012 #9
reformist2 Dec 2012 #4
customerserviceguy Dec 2012 #5
Doctor_J Dec 2012 #6
forestpath Dec 2012 #7
woo me with science Dec 2012 #8

Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:57 PM

1. email and call congress and the President!

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Response to mucifer (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 08:00 PM

2. Done

For all the good it will do

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Response to newfie11 (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 08:03 PM

3. Yeah I guess all we can do is inform as many people as we can to do this.

It probably won't help. But, it won't hurt.

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Response to mucifer (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 12:01 AM

9. At least we can say we tried

I emailed my rep & both senators. Franken signed on to Bernie Sanders' letter a couple weeks ago so there may be some hope for him - but Amy Klobuchar did not and her response about Social Security was her usualy mealy mouth non-response response so I don't have a lot of hope for her. And my Republican rep is a lost cause - unless he just can't bring himself to vote for tax increase on the wealthy (he would, however, have no trouble taking food out of the mouths of the elderly).

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 08:12 PM

4. Exactly. Raise the cap, and link COLAs to a fixed-basket type of CPI.


No "hedonic" CPIs that swap out steak for hamburger, and then bean paste.

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 08:33 PM

5. Agreed, but

The President has signed legislation that undermined faith in Social Security by providing a Repuke wet dream of a "payroll tax holiday" for the last couple of years. Being as the fiscal cliff negotiations are not yet set in stone, I wouldn't be surprised to see that this folly is extended further at least a year, perhaps two.

As for a 75% boost in Social Security benefits, where is that going to come from? Ever since the start of the Great Recession, Social Security has paid out more than it has taken in. With ever increasing waves of baby boomers seeking either regular retirement benefits, or early ones because they can't find jobs, I expect this situation to continue until we have a truly rip-roaring recovery, and the present fiscal condition of the country seems to preclude that.

Oh, and when that "payroll tax holiday" was paid for by a transfer from the general fund, Social Security did become part of the deficit. You can thank the snickering Rethugs for that, although they did get the President to go along with their scheme.

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 09:53 PM

6. STRENGTHENED is right-wing code for cut benefits

what you mean is GROW, with which I totally agree.

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 10:15 PM

7. +1

 

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 11:55 PM

8. Wouldn't it be nice

if we were being admonished to praise our President based on advocacy and action on policies that actually help people and begin to reverse the looting by the banks, rather than the possibility that one more orchestrated corporate assault *might* be withheld this time?

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