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Social Security Experts Announce Major 2019 Changes For Millions of People

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What’s new this week in Social Security is that the prediction for 2019 is a big change for millions of people.

More specifically, there could be a 2.7 percent increase by January for the cost of living adjustments, also known as COLA. The early indications point to that number and suggest it could be the biggest increase they’ve seen in years, making recipients very happy. However, that also indicates that the cost of everyday items might be going up, which means the people who receive Social Security will still be wondering if the adjustment offsets the differences in raised prices for items at the store, healthcare, etc.

Typically, one would hope that when the cost of things across the board rises, then Social Security would go up as well, making the adjustment relative to the cost of living, and making life sustainable for the recipients. These are just early predictions and could completely change depending on a number of variables between now and January of 2019. What will actually happen is unknown at this time, but this is something worth keeping an eye on if you receive social security or know someone who does. This is information worth sharing with them.

Sometimes not knowing if you’ll get an increase that helps offset the changes in the economy and the cost of living could be a stressful time. However, it seems like if things go up next year, that a nice 2.7 percent increase for recipients would be very helpful. This is great because some people over 65, who have worked their entire life, shouldn’t be working anymore. They should have a happy life spent with friends and family. Maybe we could talk some folks in government into retiring early, isn’t that right, Ruth Bader Ginsburg?

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USA Today stated:

“Most people who get retirement benefits from Social Security get the bulk of their income from their monthly benefits. Because they don’t have many other sources of money to pay for living expenses, the annual cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) that Social Security gives participants every January play a vital role in helping people make ends meet – especially as the expenses they have to pay inexorably rise.

“Over the past decade, Social Security has been pretty stingy in the COLAs it gives to retirees. But 2019 could be different. Early indications suggest Social Security benefits could go up by a greater amount than retirees and other participants have seen since 2012.

“Social Security calculates each year’s COLA by looking at the Consumer Price Index from July through September and comparing it to the previous year’s levels. So far, only the July figure is available, but if that reading were to stay flat in August and September, it would give retirees a 2.7 percent increase come January. If price levels rise this month and the next, then it’s conceivable the COLA could reach 3 percent.

“The trade-off, of course, is the same rising levels of inflation that produce larger increases to Social Security benefits also end up forcing recipients to pay more for the essential goods that they need. But when the costs of the things that you need as an older American always seem to go up regardless of what government inflation figures say – especially in areas such as health care – then getting a boost to your Social Security is at least a bit of a consolation.”

For some more advice, check out this excerpt from the Motley Fool:

“Social Security plays a role in the lives of nearly every American, between the benefits that tens of millions of retirees and disabled people receive and the payroll taxes that are taken out of the paychecks of hundreds of millions of workers. These workers, their spouses, and other family members rely on Social Security benefits to protect them financially, and for many people, Social Security represents the majority of their income after they retire.

“The Social Security Administration (SSA) wants everyone to know more about the benefits they’ve earned and has declared April to be National Social Security Month. So as the month draws to a close, there’s one thing you can do to make sure you get the most out of Social Security for yourself and your family.

“Open an account on the “my Social Security” website

“The SSA has embraced online innovation and sought to shift many of the things it used to do by paper onto its internet site. The my Social Security program is designed to help you manage your benefits effectively and efficiently while minimizing the chances of identity theft. In the past, the SSA sent out Social Security statements in the mail each and every year, but now, the agency is urging everyone to create a my Social Security account to access that information more securely on their computers or mobile devices.

“Signing up for access is relatively easy. You’ll need some basic personal information in order to verify your identity, and you need an email address to set up your account. However, the process doesn’t take long.

“What you can do with my Social Security

“There are several things that the SSA’s online system lets you do. The most important is seeing your Social Security statement. On the statement, you’ll get information on what your estimated benefits are based on your past earnings record and assumptions about your future earnings. You’ll see how much you’ll be projected to get in monthly benefits at your full retirement age, as well as the higher monthly payments you’ll get if you wait until age 70 and the lower monthly payments from claiming earlier at age 62. You’ll also find out how much you’ll be entitled to receive if you become disabled, and learn what benefits your surviving family members will get if you pass away.

“You also can access your earnings history using my Social Security, which provides the basis for estimating your retirement and disability benefits. There, you’ll see all of your earnings dating back to the beginning of your career. If you see problems, then the website gives you instructions on how to contact the SSA to correct the issue. It’s vital that this information be absolutely accurate because your Social Security payments in retirement will be based on the 35 highest-earning years of your career after indexing for inflation.

“Finally, my Social Security can help you replace missing documents. For instance, if you’ve lost your Social Security card or had it stolen, then the SSA can walk you through the process you’ll need to follow in order to get a replacement.”

 

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Details Of The Death Threats Mrs. Kavanaugh Is Getting Will Churn Your Stomach

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As the most reliable and balanced news aggregation service in the world, RWN offers the following information published by The Daily Caller:

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s wife Ashley Estes Kavanaugh has received a battery of death threats in recent days, after allegations appeared in the press that the judge sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford in 1982.

The vivid missives are just one iteration of the inflamed rhetoric surrounding Kavanaugh’s nomination to the high court, following Ford’s accusations. The Ford family has similarly been threatened.

“May you, your husband and your kids burn in hell,” one message to Mrs. Kavanaugh read.

Another told Mrs. Kavanaugh to put a bullet in her husband’s skull.

The Wall Street Journal obtained the emails on Thursday, which were delivered as federal law enforcement is tracking an uptick in threats against Judge Kavanaugh and his family. The messages were sent to Mrs. Kavanaugh’s work email address. The U.S. Marshals Service is pursuing the matter.

The Kavanaugh family has drawn intense media attention since Ford’s accusations were publicized Sunday in The Washington Post. Mrs. Kavanaugh delivered cupcakes to a gaggle of reporters stationed outside their home on Tuesday.

Mrs. Kavanaugh is no stranger to political conflict. She was an assistant to former President George W. Bush when he was governor of Texas and later served as his personal secretary in the White House. She is currently a town manager in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Ford herself has also been subject to vile threats. She and her family have been forced from their home in California and remain concerned for their safety, according to her attorneys.

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Republicans Quietly Set All-Time Record While Democrats Collapse Overnight

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While the American Left is busy trying to pull the rug from under hard-working Americans by pushing an anti-Trump narrative that’s about as believable as the conspiracy that the earth is flat, the GOP was doing a bit of magic of its own.

It’s now being reported that the Republican National Committee has smashed all fundraising records by raising $213 million so far for the fall midterm elections. And what’s even better is the fact the 99% of the money comes from small donations.

Here is more via CNN:

“The Republican National Committee has raised more than $200 million this election cycle, according to an RNC official, the fastest the committee has reached the milestone in a midterm period.

The fundraising achievement, which was expected after the committee came within $900,000 of $200 million last month, is significant for a party that is trying to buck historical norms in 2018. The political party in power traditionally gets rejected at the ballot box two years after they take power, a fact that President Donald Trump has mentioned numerous times in public and private as Republicans prepare for November.

The RNC raised $13.9 million in the month of June — the most it has raised in that month in a non-presidential year — bringing its total fundraising haul to $213 million for the 2017-2018 cycle.

The committee has $50.7 million in the bank and no debt.

The RNC’s numbers will officially be released on Friday when the committee files with the Federal Election Commission.

The RNC haul far eclipses the more than $101 million the Democratic National Committee has raised this cycle, giving the committee upwards of five times the amount of cash-on-hand as the Democrats.

“What I see when I travel the country is that Americans continue to be enthusiastic about President Trump and the Republican agenda,” RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement. “That enthusiasm has allowed for me to grow our war chest and invest it into what has become the biggest ground game in our Party’s history.”

Despite the excitement McDaniel says she has experienced traveling the country, polling has consistently shown Democrats, motivated by anti-Trump fervor, are more excited to vote in 2018 and see the election as a referendum on the President. That excitement, though, has not turned into a fundraising boon for the DNC.

The DNC raised $67 million in 2017, half of the $132.5 million the RNC raised that year. And, to date, the committee has raised $101 million this cycle, according to a DNC official, a number that pales in comparison to the RNC haul.

The fundraising woes have left the Democrats without much in the bank. According to its last FEC report, the RNC had $47 million in cash on hand, five times as much as the $9 million the Democrats have.

Party Chair Tom Perez, who was tasked with rebuilding a beleaguered DNC after Hillary Clinton’s loss in 2016, has tried to focus on fundraising while also investing their smaller war chest in more strategic ways than previous chairs.

“For me, the north star is not can we match them dollar for dollar,” Perez told CNN of the RNC. “It is can we raise the money we need to execute our game plane.”

The DNC under Perez, for example, has spent no money on television ads, something his predecessors did do.

McDaniel, who became RNC chair in December 2016, has led the committee’s effort to raise massive sums during the 2018 midterms.

With an eye on investing $250 million into the party’s midterm efforts, McDaniel has spent a bulk of her time traveling from state-to-state to raise money for the party.”

Western Journalism is reporting that this is, in fact, the fasted the GOP has ever surpassed the $200 million mark during a midterm election year. Which would point to the fact that people are happy with President Donald Trump and his agenda.

Chairwoman of the GOP Ronna McDaniel has said she is traveling the nation and that she sees the fact that people are happy with the Republican agenda wherever she goes. And that’s what is causing this influx of funds at such a high rate of speed. McDaniel has held over 88 fundraisers and is on the phone with donors for six hours a day.

Now what’s even better is that according to the fundraiser numbers that will be released today the Republican party broke the record for the most amount of money raised in June during a non-presidential election year: $13.9 million. And what’s perhaps even a better gauge is that the GOP also has $50.7 million in the bank and zero debt. This alone places them well ahead of the Democrat National Committee, which has raised $101 million and has $9 million on hand. That’s 5 times less than the money the RNC has to spend in the upcoming midterms. This is not a new problem for the DNC, in 2017 they were only able to raise $67 million compared to the $132.5 million raised by the RNC. Pretty pathetic if you consider the DNC owns all of Hollywood.

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