"The CPI inaccurately calculates Americans’ cost of living. Since Social Security and pension benefits, as well as the level of wage hikes are predicated upon the specific number and/or the perception of annual increases, Americans are being in effect conned by their government and falling behind the inflationary eight ball year after year. After slamming the concept of the core CPI, the primary culprits I cited were the government’s use of hedonic and substitution adjustments to lower the CPI by as much as 1% in recent years."
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This is no news to me. I guess I am just cynical when it comes to government, but really it takes a lot of faith to make a contract with another party, and let that party who is responsible for funding the benefit also determine the adjustments.