Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Debt Ceiling Debacle – What Does It Mean To Social Security Beneficiaries?

In a little under three days, unless Congress recovers its sanity and passes legislation to raise the debt ceiling, or the President takes charge of the issue himself and issues an Executive Order to raise the debt ceiling, using the … Continue reading

Posted in Political Events Affecting Social Security | 8 Comments

Weekly Unnatural Gas Price Change – July 29, 2011

According to the AAA Fuel Gauge Summary report for July 29, 2011, the national average price of regular gasoline increased from $3.697 a week ago to $3.710. This is an increase of $0.013 in 7 days. Since June’s decrease in … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 COLA Watch | Leave a comment

Fox “News” Spills The Beans About The True Republican Agenda In The Debt Ceiling Debate

There is a very interesting post on Crooks & Liars about the Republicans’ true goal in this debt ceiling melodrama currently playing out in Washington. According to the article, Senate Majority Leader Reid is calling the Republican’s bluff. According to … Continue reading

Posted in Political Events Affecting Social Security | 5 Comments

Weekly Unnatural Gas Price Change – July 22, 2011

According to the AAA Fuel Gauge Summary report for July 22, 2011, the national average price of regular gasoline increased from $3.674 a week ago to $3.697.  This is an increase of $0.025 in 7 days. Since June’s decrease in … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 COLA Watch | 1 Comment

2012 COLA Watch (July Report – Updated Monthly)

Background: Under current law (*) Social Security determines whether there will be a COLA for the succeeding year and its amount in October each year by comparing the average CPI-W (Consumer Piece Index – Urban Wage Earners And Clerical Employees) … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 COLA Watch | 9 Comments

2012 COLA Watch – July Report (Preliminary)

The BVS released the June CPI figures about an hour ago.  The CPI-W decreased to 222.522 from 222.954 in May, a decrease of 0.2%.  If the CPI-W holds at this amount, it would support a COLA of about 3.26%, under … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 COLA Watch | 13 Comments

Slight Decrease In Producer Price Index For June Announced — What Does This Mean For The CPI-W?

Please Note: This is the Producer Price Index (PPI), not the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The Consumer Price Indices (CPI-U, CPI-W, and C-CPI-U) will be published tomorrow, July 15, at 8:30AM EDT. I will have my 2012 COLA Watch up … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 COLA Watch | Leave a comment