And the Repugs want to stick it to the retirees again. Balance their overblown-military-bonanza -and-low-taxes-for-the-rich budget on the backs of OLD FOLKS again?? Maybe the Presnet has forgotten his opening words on this topic after taking office in 2009: "No cost of living (COLA) increases for SS recipients till 2012"?? (or was it 2013, and he chickened out and gave us a raise just before the election? Natch....we VOTE). But this longtime taxpayer has NOT forgotten this betrayal.
The COLA, as you might imagine, is not really based on inflation and the actual cost of living. It's based on some arcane formula derived by the deranged (DBD) in some accounting office somewhere. I mean, just stop and think a bit. Did the cost of living go up at all in the years between 2009 and right now? Wasn't it skyrocketing? And didn't Congress get all kinds of extra pay during that period? (Refresh what's left of your memory: True, they did eschew pay raises in 2010-2012, but how about that $4,700 for just 2009?) Seniors....ever see that kind of a raise in your SS? (Mad, hysterical laughter). Do you think members of Congress ever go grocery shopping or fill their gas tanks in person? Or get their prescriptions refilled?
There was a big kerfluffle recently about "living on food stamps" as a way to diet. Here's a better one: how about living on SS for 6 months? Not only might you lose weight, you also might get kicked out of your apartment.
Please...NO MORE OF THIS TALK! Social Security was never meant to be Congress' piggy bank. Close the door on this one, and that means no more photos of Boehner and his new suntan and crisply ironed shirts. Ish.