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Guest column: Social Security needs protection

March 16, 2013
By DEL. RANDY SWARTZMILLER , Weirton Daily Times

I have always believed that if we, as employees and our respective employers, are required to pay into Social Security, the rules and benefits should not be changed in midstream. Currently Social Security benefits are based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) that is released annually by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. The United States Congress is considering changing the annual cost of living adjustments calculated for Social Security recipients by going to a system called the Chained Consumer Price Index (CCPI).

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