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Shutdown Delays Notice Of Social Security COLA!

From an outraged Associated Press:

Shutdown delays notice of Social Security COLA

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | October 9, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 58 million Social Security recipients are still getting monthly benefits during the partial government shutdown. But they will have to wait to find out the size of next year’s cost-of-living adjustment.

Oh, the humanity! How will they survive with this announcement beind delayed? And never mind that the COLAs for Social Security have been slim and none under Obama. COLAs: 2009 – 0.0%, 2010 – 0.0%, 2011 – 3.6%, 2012 – 1.7%.

Social Security was scheduled to announce the annual raise Oct. 16. That’s the same day the Labor Department was scheduled to release inflation statistics for September.

The Labor Department, however, said Wednesday it will not issue the inflation report because of the shutdown. No new release date was set.

Again, how will we ever survive? What will we do without the DOL telling us there is no inflation when we see inflation everywhere?

By law, the inflation numbers for July, August and September are used each year to calculate next year’s automatic increase in benefits, or COLA. Without a report for September, the government cannot announce the COLA…

The Social Security Administration has given no indication that raises would be delayed but advocates for seniors said the uncertainty was unwelcome.

"There’s enough anxiety around right now. We don’t need to add to it by delaying information," said Max Richtman, who heads the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. "They expect it. You talk to seniors, they know when the announcement comes out and they watch it very carefully."

This year’s increase was 1.7 percent. Monthly Social Security payments average $1,162…

So you can see how this is life or death news for most seniors. We’re talking about $10 a month here.

And were aren’t just talking COLAs, but beer is also being hurt by this wicked shutdown.

Here is still more bad news from the fearmongering Associated Press:

Shutdown means no new beer from craft brewers


MILWAUKEE (AP) — The federal government shutdown could leave America’s craft brewers with a serious hangover.

Stores will still offer plenty of suds. But the shutdown has closed an obscure agency that quietly approves new breweries, recipes and labels, which could create huge delays throughout the rapidly growing craft industry, whose customers expect a constant supply of inventive and seasonal beers…

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, or TTB, is a little-known arm of the Treasury Department. The agency will continue to process taxes from existing permit holders, but applications for anything new are in limbo.

"One could think of this shutdown as basically stopping business indefinitely for anyone who didn’t have certain paperwork in place back in mid-August," said Paul Gatza, director of the Brewers Association, which represents more than 1,900 U.S. breweries…

Craft brewers around the country say TTB was taking as long as 75 days to approve applications before the shutdown. Now they’re bracing for even longer waits…

So, this ten day shutdown is going to destroy the craft brewing industry. But the ‘normal’ delays of 75 days were fine.

Besides, doesn’t this just show once again that the federal government has got its fingers in too many damn pies? Did (the original) Sam Adams have to get a permit from the government for his beer?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, October 10th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Shutdown Delays Notice Of Social Security COLA!”

  1. Petronius says:

    We don’t need no stinkin’ COLAs.

    Like the old Soviet Union, in Nerobama’s transformed America there is no inflation.

    No public debt, no poverty, and no unemployment either.

    In Nerobama’s America all of the children are above average and everybody has a full-time job and free healthcare and everything is always absolutely perfect all of the time.

    And if it’s not perfect, it was Bush’s fault.

    And if you don’t believe that, they’ll send Park Rangers with guns to convince you.

  2. Astravogel says:

    I regularly visit NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day. Since
    the shutdown, it isn’t there. None of the other NASA sites work
    either. So, TCP has managed to shut down the heavens! It’s an
    Old Testament miracle!

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