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Social Security Administration Announces 5.9% Benefits Increase for 2022 Amid Rising Inflation

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On Wednesday the Social Security Administration announced some 70 million beneficiaries will be receiving a 5.9% increase in benefit checks beginning late December and January. The move is the “biggest cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in 39 years” following “a burst in inflation as the economy struggles to shake off the drag of the coronavirus pandemic” reports the Associated Press.

Estimates released Wednesday suggest a roughly $92 per month increase for the average retired worker. “That marks an abrupt break from the long lull in inflation that saw cost-of-living adjustments averaging just 1.65% a year over the past 10 years,” writes the AP.

With the changes, an average Social Security payment could be around $1,657 per month, and a couple’s benefits could rise to $2,753 per month. The AP reports “the COLA affects household budgets for about 1 in 5 Americans. That includes Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees, nearly 70 million people in all. For baby boomers who embarked on retirement within the past 15 years, it will be the biggest increase they’ve seen.”

However, the Washington Post reports that experts say millions of beneficiaries will see “much less” than a 6 percent increase due to Medicare Part B premiums, which are deducted from beneficiaries checks and tied to seniors’ income.

Roughly 64 million of those affected are Social Security beneficiaries, while 8 million are Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries and “some Americans receive both.” The increase is the “biggest since 1982 as the Social Security benefit increase has averaged about 1.7 percent over the last 10 years” writes National Review.

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  1. Bob wigley

    October 13, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    Medicare will jump up 7%
    We will get lost no doubt in my mind

  2. Cam Meder

    October 14, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    Please explain to me why the few and far between raises SS gets, medicare premiums are ALWAYS increased? I am on SSID, why does mine go up every time as well?

  3. Bly Haugen

    October 15, 2021 at 10:43 am

    When M. D. is 7% don’t you think inflation is a lot higher?

  4. Slideglide

    October 15, 2021 at 11:37 am

    🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸♥️♥️♥️🌎🌎🌎🌎🍓🍓🍓🤪🤪🤪

    The Democrat Party, including the MSM have embraced Marxist ideology in order establish a permanent, central planning, government.

    A huge part of Marxism is to control the narrative through propaganda, and their messages are used to bride potential voters with payouts and deceptive benefit packages.

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Inflation Spiked 7% Past Year, Highest Since 1982

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With a 7% spike from last year, inflation has increased at its fastest pace in 40 years. On Wednesday, the labor department reported its measure of inflation “that excludes volatile food and gas prices jumped 5.5% in December, the fastest such increase since 1991. Inflation rose 0.5% overall from November, down from 0.8% the previous month” reports the Associated Press.

National Review reports “the consumer price index, a major inflation gauge, for all items surged 0.5 percent for the month and 7.0 percent for the last twelve months ending in December, representing the largest annual spike since June 1982, when inflation hit 7.1 percent.”

Housing prices and used cars and trucks contributed the most weight to the all items surge. But prices for cars, gas, food and furniture all rose sharply as part of a rapid recovery from the pandemic recession, “that was fueled by vast infusions of government aid and emergency intervention by the Fed, which slashed interest rates.”

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell testified before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Tuesday, warning monetary policy is constrained in its power to curb inflation by the current “era of persistently low interest rates.” Ordinarily, the Fed can hike rates to slow down an overheating economy.

“Recovering from the pandemic, the economy has rebounded well but a bit too fast for many moving parts to catch up to, Powell noted, as supply chains still struggle to meet demand across consumer sectors, resulting in inventory shortages on store shelves and prolonged shipping delays” reports National Review.

“The economy has rapidly gained strength despite the ongoing pandemic, giving rise to persistent supply and demand imbalances and bottlenecks, and thus to elevated inflation. We know that high inflation exacts a toll, particularly for those less able to meet the higher costs of essentials like food, housing, and transportation,” said Powell.

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Federal Debt Equals Roughly $287,859 Per Income-Tax-Paying Household

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The Biden administration wants to increase any taxes they can get their grubby hands-on, and CNS News explains why: because they need it. In an analysis, CNS writes about how as Congress “worked in recent days to increase the legal limit on the federal debt, the Treasury kept that debt artificially frozen at approximately $28.9 trillion, where it stood at the beginning of this week.”

With the limit lifted, the federal debt will increase, “then keep steadily climbing, constantly increasing the burden on future taxpayers.” Here’s the analysis:

In 2018, according to the last complete annual report on individual income tax returns published by the Internal Revenue Service, there were 100,424,240 households in the United States that filed what the IRS calls a “taxable return.” “The taxable and nontaxable classification of a return for this report is determined by the presence of ‘total income tax,'” explained the IRS.

“‘Total income tax,'” it said, “was the sum of income tax after credits.”

In other words, the 100,424,240 households that filed a “taxable return” in 2018 actually paid income taxes to the federal government.

If you divide the $28,908,004,857,445 in debt that the federal government owed before the debt limit was liftedby the 100,424,240 American households that paid net income taxes in 2018, it works out to approximately $287,859 per income-tax-paying household.

In order to understand the magnitude of what this means, CNS compares numbers to 1989:

The year that President Ronald Reagan left office, there were 89,178,355 income-tax-paying households in the United States, according to the IRS. At the end of January that year, the federal debt was $2,697,957,000,000.

That means the federal debt then equaled approximately $30,253 per income-tax-paying household.

Even when the January 1989 federal debt of $30,253 per income-tax-paying household is adjusted into November 2021 dollars (using the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator), it equals only approximately $69,437.

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