BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - Seniors are preparing to cut back on everything from food to charitable donations to whiskey as news
spreads that their Social Security checks will be frozen for a second straight year next year.
Though the decision wasn't made by politicians, it could have an impact on Election Day if seniors blame Democrats for it. Older people are the most loyal of voters, and their support is especially important during mid-term elections, when turnout is lower.
Everett Rawlings, a 73-year-old from Boca Raton, Florida, says the decision affects him and everybody else who's retired, but he understands the rationale behind it. Retired 69-year-old state worker Paul McNeil of Warwick, R.I., is more blunt, saying he thinks the decision not to increase benefits is "disgusting."
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