; WASHINGTON WATCH
Making Relief a Reality
When Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N. Y., goes grocery shop-
ping in her Long Island district, she sees prices going up.
When Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., talks with older people
in his state, he hears about higher fuel costs for the coming
winter. ; What’s not going up, however, are Social Security payments. For the first time in decades, Social Security beneficiaries will not get a cost-of-living adjustment
(COLA). ; DeFazio, McCarthy, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.,
Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Rep. Ginny
would give up to
$250 to Social Security recipients.
Brown-Waite, R-Fla., are among those
who have proposed a one-time pay-
Save 10 percent
ment to make up for the lack of COLA.
But their efforts are facing a cost crunch.
at more than 130
nationwide by Park
Ride Fly USA. For
toll-free or go to
; McCarthy has proposed a bill to provide relief of $150 per Social
AARP’s new sex and
relationship guru, Pepper
Schwartz, dishes up advice
on love, dating and sexual-
ity at midlife and beyond.
Schwartz pens The Naked
Truth, an online column at
www.aarp.org, and con-
tributes content to videos,
blogs and online chats.
The author of 16 books,
Schwartz holds a doctorate
in sociology from Yale.
Meet Our New
Security beneficiary, paid for by raising the amount of income subject
to the FICA tax. That amount also is supposed to stay flat because of the
lack of inflation, but raising it as if inflation were in play would bring in $8
Kudos for service
Forty-five individuals and couples have
received AARP’s 2009 Andrus Awards
for Community Service. To read about
their accomplishments, go to www
Life Tuner Offers Tools for Fiscal Fitness
It’s in the best interest of today’s young adults to be
proactive in preparing for lifelong financial security.
That’s why AARP created Life Tuner, a personal fi-
nance website designed
for people in their 20s
and 30s, many of whom
turn to their parents for
financial advice and
support. ; The site of-
fers practical tips from
experts; “eight habits” to promote financial health;