Attention seniors! Your Social Security payment could shrink next year

Posted on October 15, 2009. Filed under: Social Security Administration | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

by Connie Madon

This news comes on the eve of an announcement by the Social Security Administration stating that there will be no “cost of living” this year. By law, increases in Social Security payments are tied to the cost of living, or COLA. Since there is no inflation this year, there will be no increase in Social Security benefits. This would be the first year since 1975 with no increase.

The problem with COLA is that it is calculated on the basis of “core CPI,” which excludes food and energy. This has been a big flim flam for seniors ever since the beginning because food and energy have been two areas where the biggest increases in living costs can be found. We are going to be paying more to heat our homes this winter than last, and prices at the supermarket are not going down.

The $250 payments would also go to those receiving veterans benefits, disability benefits, railroad retirees and public employee retirees who don’t receive Social Security.

Should the COLA be changed to include the costs of food and energy?

Great article from Bloggingstocks.com

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GOP Lawmakers Accuse Muslim Advocacy Group CAIR of Planting Spies on Capitol Hill

Posted on October 15, 2009. Filed under: CAIR | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Four congressmen are asking for an investigation into the Council on American Islamic Relations after discovering an internal memo noting the group’s strategy. 

Four House Republicans on Wednesday accused the nation’s largest Muslim advocacy group of trying to “infiltrate” Capitol Hill by placing interns in the offices of lawmakers who handle national security issues.

The four lawmakers, members of the anti-terror caucus, asked for an investigation into the Council on American Islamic Relations after discovering an internal memo noting the group’s strategy. They also highlighted a new book by Paul Sperry titled “Muslim Mafia,” scheduled for release on Thursday, which claims the group has been actively infiltrating Congress.

Reps. Sue Myrick of North Carolina, Trent Franks of Arizona, Paul Broun of Georgia and John Shadegg of Arizona asked the Internal Revenue Service to determine whether CAIR deserves its nonprofit status. They also are asking their colleagues to review a summary of findings that led the Justice Department to name CAIR as a co-conspirator in a terrorism case.

The internal memo, provided to FOXNews.com, stated that CAIR would “focus on influencing congressmen responsible for policy that directly impacts the American Muslim community.”

The memo cited three House committees — Homeland Security, Intelligence and the Judiciary — as panels on which lawmakers preside over policy affecting American Muslims.

“We will develop national initiatives such as a lobby day and placing Muslim interns in Congressional offices,” the memo read.

Earlier this year the FBI severed its once-close ties with CAIR as evidence mounted of the group’s links to a support network for Hamas, which the U.S. has designated a terrorist organization.

“It’s frightening to think that an organization with clear-cut ties to terrorism could have a hand in influencing policy — especially national security policy — within our government,” Myrick said. “The investigations that we’re asking for are simple, and I’m hopeful that they will bring to light any and all information regarding the goals of CAIR.”

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