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    Re: Congress repeals COLA reduction

    Quote Originally Posted by Stalwart View Post
    Granted, the last example is becoming harder and harder to find.
    I'm not sure if it is/is not harder per se, but I will say the overabundance of "information" people have access to opens the floodgates of people being introduced to information that is simultaneously highly misleading and very emotionally provocative. For instance, all the evidence is there that the "mass shootings" like in Newtown are not really more/less common than previously, but boy does the phrase "Never let a good crisis go to waste" hold more true when it does happen! If there is any single contributor to what you're stating here, that would be the big one.
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    Re: Congress repeals COLA reduction

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    ... but I will say the overabundance of "information" people have access to opens the floodgates of people being introduced to information that is simultaneously highly misleading and very emotionally provocative.
    Research 101: you can find just about any data to support any position .. . or that will oppose one.

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    Re: Congress repeals COLA reduction

    Quote Originally Posted by Stalwart View Post
    Research 101: you can find just about any data to support any position .. . or that will oppose one.
    Precisely!
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    Re: Congress repeals COLA reduction

    Quote Originally Posted by Stalwart View Post
    ... Even though it was put into legislation, it was never intended to take effect -- but then again neither was sequestration.
    This is the part that drives me nuts. Why waste time negotiating something that will never be allowed to happen? Honestly, when I read that The House and The Senate were repealing this and that POTUS was going to sign it.... my first thought was "Then why was this even written down anywhere?" Makes no sense.

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    Re: Congress repeals COLA reduction

    Quote Originally Posted by efmbman View Post
    Why waste time negotiating something that will never be allowed to happen?
    Leverage. both were unpopular with their respective 'sides', but which would get support to get fixed first -- get the most 'oomf'?

    While the military COLA reduction has been repealed (what Republicans wanted), the extension of unemployment insurance / benefits (what Democrats wanted) has not, and that the COLA fix is paid for ($6 billion) by extending sequester for an additional year on Medicare (which was originally proposed by Democrats as a way to pay to extend unemployment insurance / benefits.) The original Republican plan in the Senate had the payment offset coming from preventing illegal immigrants from receiving the additional child tax credit on income taxes; however the fix only applies to current active duty and retires and does not impact future service members, so the Republicans didn't get everything they wanted either.

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