White House deletes tweet boasting about bigger Social Security payouts as netizens point out the increase is tied to decades-high inflation
The Biden administration was forced to delete a tweet boasting about an increase in Social Security payments for retirees. Its removal of the post stemmed from social media users pointing out that the increase was tied to the decades-high inflation faced by the country.
The White House deleted the embarrassing social media post on Nov. 2.
Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre trying to save face by insisting that the tweet was incomplete. "Usually, when we put out a tweet, we post it with context, and it did not have that context," she told reporters.
The 8.7 percent increase in Social Security benefits, set to take effect in 2023, is the biggest increase since 1981 – when benefits were increased by 11.2 percent.
Prior to the tweet's deletion, social media platform Twitter appended a fact-check note to the post that said "readers added context they thought people might want to know." It explained that senior citizens "will receive a large Social Security benefits increase due to the annual cost of living adjustment (COLA), which is based on the inflation rate." (Related: Social Security Administration admits all benefit payments are contingent upon endless cycle of debt
Prior to the COLAs put in place by former President Richard Nixon
in 1972, Congress increased Social Security payouts on an irregular basis. The former president, however, believed that providing Americans money and insurance they can use to secure necessary services themselves was a better option than passing it through the bureaucracy.
Nixon's landmark legislation thus ended old inequities and provided a new uniform system of benefits to older Americans as well as the blind and disabled.
This is not the first time that the White House has gone off the rails, either. In May, the account wrongly claimed that there was no vaccine available for COVID-19 when Biden took office in January 2021. This was proven wrong as there had already been COVID-19 vaccines since December 2020.
GOP congressmen blast Biden admin over gaffe
Several Republican congressmen took to social media to blast the Biden administration's gaffe.
Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie said: "Biden social media geniuses are giving [him] credit for the biggest Social Security COLA in 10 years, but neglect to mention that COLA is an automatic formula based on government inflation metric."
Colorado Rep. Doug Lamborn noted that the White House is responsible for the COLA increase, thanks to its bad policy decisions that stoked inflation.
"Even with one-party Democratic rule in D.C., the Biden administration continues to blame others for their failed policies. There is nobody to blame but themselves, " he tweeted.
Missouri Rep. Vicky Hartzler agreed with Lamborn, noting that Biden's leadership is solely responsible for record inflation – that triggered the increase in benefits payments.
"The increase is adjusted upwards because cost-of-living has gone up. They are literally taking credit for record-high inflation" tweeted North Dakota Rep. Kelly Armstrong. She also took a jab at Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy by tweeting that he will be justifying why the high cost of eggs is good for people's health.
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