Call me juvenile, but I think President narcissist is even more so. You tell a kid not to do something, and they HAVE to do it. Apparently that’s Obama’s strategy in touching the third rail of Social Security:
Blame falling consumer prices. By law, cost of living adjustments are pegged to inflation, which is negative this year, the government said Thursday, because of lower energy costs. Social Security payments do not go down, even when prices drop.
The Obama administration, meanwhile, is pursuing a different way to boost recipients’ income. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama called for a second round of $250 stimulus payments for seniors, veterans, retired railroad workers and people with disabilities.
The payments would match the ones issued to seniors earlier this year as part of the government’s economic recovery package. The payments would be equal to about a 2 percent increase for the average Social Security recipient.
Social Security payments increased by 5.8 percent in January, the largest bump up since 1982. The big increase was largely because of a spike in energy costs in 2008.
“Social Security is doing its job helping Americans maintain their standard of living,” said Social Security Commissioner Michael J. Astrue.
But, he added, “In light of the human need, we need to support President Obama’s call for us to make another $250 recovery payment for 57 million Americans.”
Notice how nobody will say in this article who, exactly, made the decision to forgo the “automatic increases” to Social security payments this year. They blame the falling economy. But Obama is all over that $250 payment “bonus”, isn’t he?
And apparently it’s okay to tell Social Security recipients the economy is falling, but tell the unemployed that the recover has begun? Meanwhile, AARP is stunningly silent . . .
When does shameless lying become pathological lying?