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Letter: Inflation is how others measure it

By Richard Willerton, Vancouver
Published: November 2, 2015, 6:00am

The Core Consumer Price Index was just reported to have risen 0.2 percent in September, for an annual rate of 1.9 percent. Meanwhile, retirees were deprived of any cost-of-living adjustment because the government’s jimmied inflation figure for them was actually negative. Yes, my retired and disabled fellow citizens, according to D.C., you can today purchase more with your money than you could in 2014.

Confused? Welcome to the Washington, D.C., hall of smoke and mirrors, where, to paraphrase George Orwell, all inflation is equal, but “government measured inflation” penalizes some more than others.

Be sure to continue to elect incumbents, however clueless, to maintain the zombie apocalypse of our elected oppressors.

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