On Wednesday was the White House ashamed to delete a tweet in which the government boasted about a surge in the value of Social Security checks after Elon Musk’s Twitter inserted a fact-check disclaimer into the post.
The Biden administration tweeted Tuesday afternoon, “Seniors get biggest increase in their Social Security checks in 10 years from President Biden’s leadership.”
CNN senior reporter Daniel Dale responded to the tweet, accusing the government of twisting the narrative.
“That’s quite a twist. The size of the Social Security check is indexed to inflation by law,” Dale wrote. “This year’s increase is unusually large because the inflation rate is unusually high.”
Elon Musk, who bought Twitter last week, added a fact-checking disclaimer to the White House post.
“Senior citizens receive a large increase in Social Security benefits due to the annual cost-of-living adjustment based on the rate of inflation,” the fact check states.
The notice links to the Social Security Administration website for more information on the legislation signed into law by former President Richard Nixon in 1972. Legislation ensures automatic subsidy towards living expenses based on the consumer price index.
Republican Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky fired back at the White House Twitter post.
“Biden’s social media geniuses give Biden credit for the largest Social Security COLA in 10 years, but neglect to mention that SS COLA is an automatic formula based on the government’s inflation metric,” he said.
Republican Representative Vicky Hartzler of Missouri wrote in response to the administration’s error: “Biden’s leadership is solely responsible for record inflation, according to the White House.”
The now-deleted Biden administration post boasted an 8.7% increase in the amount contained in Social Security checks that will take effect in 2023. The hike was announced last month on the same day that the government announced an 8.2% rise in inflation in September.
The increase in the value of Social Security checks is the largest increase since 1981, when benefits increased by 11.2%.
The White House Twitter account then deleted the post.
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