I could whine about the inflation increase. I've mentioned many times that I don't buy the official inflation numbers. My HOA dues went up 8% this year and that's NOT unusual on the Island. THAT's a fair chunk of money. Most of the food items I purchase in the grocery are up WAY more than 1.3% (or the official number, what ever it is.) I could go on... and on. But I won't.
I think what this discussion points out is that we (those who have and those who want to FIRE) are still pretty much on our own. We here, for the most part, don't "live or die" on a 1.3% increase in SS. We may or may not whine about it (and the MC costs to be announced and ACA subsidies and income limits, etc.). My contention is that if this "news" gives anyone of us pause about retiring or being able to stay retired, we need to rethink our "plan." Natural, YMMV.
Ko'olau's Law -
Anything which can be used can be misused. Anything which can be misused will be.