Monthly Archives: September 2011

A Conservative Interlude

Lately, we have been bombarded with hate mail from conservatives. Evidently they don’t read, because if they did they would know that we don’t moderate mail from conservatives. We put into the spam folder and after that it is not … Continue reading

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The Legal Basis For SSA’s Cost Of Living Increase

We have received quite a few comments to the effect that President Obama will find some way to deny or reduce whatever COLA is paid, or that he was somehow responsible for there being no COLA the last two years. … Continue reading

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Weekly Unnatural Gas Price Change, September 16, 2011

According to the AAA Fuel Gauge Summary report for September 16, 2011, the national average price of regular gasoline decreased from $3.66 a week ago to $3.601. This is a decrease of $0.059 in 7 days. School is back in … Continue reading

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SSA Cola Watch – September 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) for … Continue reading

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2012 COLA Watch – Preliminary Report For September

The BLS released the August CPI figures about an hour ago. The CPI-W increased to 223.326 in August from 222.686 in July, an increase of 0.3%. The average of the July 2011 CPI-W amount of 222.686 and the August 2011 … Continue reading

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Producer Price Index Unchanged In August – May Be An Indicator To Tomorrow’s CPI Report

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, September 15, at 8:30AM EDT. I will have my 2012 COLA Watch up … Continue reading

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Weekly Unnatural Gas Price Change, September 9, 2011

According to the AAA Fuel Gauge Summary report for September 9, 2011, the national average price of regular gasoline increased from $3.658 a week ago to $3.660. This is a increase of $0.002 in 7 days. We are now in … Continue reading

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