Is it good or is it bad?
I know it is playing with semantics but the news always seems to call reducing of future escalations a cut and I have a hard time understanding why. If I don’t get a salary promotion (a future increase in earnings), did I get a pay cut? I never had it and I should not be spending it before I get it so how is a cut?
When I hear that there is a Social Security benefit reduction, I expect that instead of $1,000 per month I will be getting something less, but that is not necessarily the case. It could mean I won’t get $1,100 next month.
It sounds much more dramatic to say I am getting a cut, so using semantics I say the reduction is a cut instead of that I am not getting more. I ran into a headline that sounded very derogatory regarding Mr. Trump. “MISS UNIVERSE WARNS THE WORLD: DONALD TRUMP Is NOT WHO YOU THINK HE IS “ but in reality, it was very complimentary.
Now rarely do I see a positive headline for a derogatory story (maybe never) but the lesson to be learned from this is to NOT make decisions based on headlines and always read the details. If they don’t seem to say all the details, dig further.