I wrote once about the entitlement mentality in America being one of its weaknesses, calling it The Scarlet E. Here's another example.
The rate of inflation, consumer prices, etc, don't justify giving a cost of living increase to those on Social Security and those receiving Veterans benefits. Seniors have grown mighty fond of automatic increases in their checks over the years, and the lack of one this year has many (and many of those who earn their bread amplifying the views of seniors) of them upset.
Don't worry though, The One may ride to your rescue, with a special $250 check! That's right. Even though we are in a period of stagnant prices, we'll give everyone on Social Security $250 (or a bill of $14B to rich folks) just because it is what you've grown used to!
This is no way to run a railroad.