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  •  Senator Bill Nelson refuses to answer my question. (7+ / 0-)

    here is my dem senator responding to my asking, will you vote for a chained cpi, to cut social security benefits?

    You will note that he did not answer my question, but he "shares my concerns"......

    and he states, "Social Security didn’t get us in the fiscal situation we are in and cutting benefits won’t fix the problem."

    So easy given that statement to say NO, I will not vote to cut social security benefits, but...........

       

    RE: Your response from Senator Bill Nelson

             Thank you for contacting me regarding proposed changes to the Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA).  I share your concerns and agree that seniors' benefits should keep pace with rising prices for goods like medicine and food.

              Over the past few years, seniors have seen COLAs as high as 5.8 percent and as low as 0 percent.  Fortunately, following two years without COLAs, the Social Security Administration announced a 3.6 percent COLA increase for 2012 and 1.7 percent increase for 2013.

             Some have suggested replacing the Consumer Price Index (CPI) currently used to calculate the Social Security COLA with different measures of inflation.  One such measure is the so-called chained consumer-price index (CPI). Proponents of the chained CPI argue that it would be a more accurate measure of changes in the cost of living because it accounts for the substitution of less-expensive goods for goods that have increased in price. The chained CPI generally results in lower measured inflation compared to the current measure, which in turn would result in lower annual Social Security COLAs. Other analysts argue for using an experimental CPI for Americans aged 62 and older, known as the CPI-E.  The CPI-E is calculated using a set of goods that more closely reflects the spending patterns of elderly Americans, for example, by accounting for increases in health care costs.  

             I am committed to getting Federal spending under control and am open to a range of new ideas that will reduce the debt; however Social Security didn’t get us in the fiscal situation we are in and cutting benefits won’t fix the problem.

        Social Security does face challenges, but can be strengthened and maintained with sensible, bipartisan reforms. I will continue to work to ensure that Social Security remains a meaningful source of retirement security for our seniors.  

    I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.  Please do not hesitate to contact me again.

                                           Sincerely,
                                           Bill Nelson

    And I further note that it took 2 emails and 2 1/2 weeks for his office to respond.

    I also called his office and his staff was saying the usual weasel words, which of course means saying a lot while saying absolutely nothing.

    "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

    by allenjo on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 08:05:13 AM PDT

    •  Doesn't it just gall you (8+ / 0-)

      That it has become totally 100% impossible to get a straight answer from any Democrat on Social Security and Medicare.

      I mean we should contact all of them and post every response so we could just laugh at the bullshit.  

      I got to thinking a couple of weeks ago when Obama was in Israel at how easy it is for all of them to recite their unconditional, non-negotiable, support for Israel but you can't even get a clear declarative sentence out of them on Social Security.  

      I mean I know PRESCISELY where Franken and Klobuchar stand on repeal of an Obamacare tax on one of their favorite state corporations.  No problem finding out exactly how they will vote there.  But Social Security and Medicare?  I mean how long and how hard do they have to think about whether or not they still have an unconditional, non-negotiable commitment to Social Security benefits?  

      •  Their disconnect from the voters is appalling, (4+ / 0-)
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        isn't it, greenbell?

        AIPAC sends 13,000 lobbyists to congress and we get their "proclamation" of their undying love and support for war, for Israel.

        Campaign contributions and free luxury trips to Israel paid by AIPAC buys a lot of attention and support.

        And yet, as citizens, as voters, they find it so easy to ignore us, how truly sad and disgusting that is.

        I got to thinking a couple of weeks ago when Obama was in Israel at how easy it is for all of them to recite their unconditional, non-negotiable, support for Israel but you can't even get a clear declarative sentence out of them on Social Security.  
        Can we stop sending our donations to these people and hire lobbyists to plead our causes to them, instead?

        "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

        by allenjo on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 08:38:52 AM PDT

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    •  If Bill Nelson doesn't get let off the hook (0+ / 0-)

      in voting for this, he will look rather idiotic to vote for something that "didn't get us in this fiscal situation and that cutting benefits won't fix," won't he?

      "Social Security didn’t get us in the fiscal situation we are in and cutting benefits won’t fix the problem."

      "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

      by allenjo on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 09:18:37 AM PDT

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    •  On the phone (0+ / 0-)

      They only take comments, and will make soft denials about things, but usually are careful not to "speak for" the representative.

      still, i like calling and ripping into whatever poor kid is working the phones at the reps' offices.

      guaranteed to mention or write something if you act like a jerk. so even if it's against your personality, this is how you have to operate to get shit done.

      Deficits don't matter, jobs do.

      by aguadito on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 10:01:39 AM PDT

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