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      Retiree group protests Social Security proposal in Conway

      A few dozen retirees braved heavy rain in Conway Tuesday to protest a proposed change to social security, which would change the way the federal government calculates how much social security payments should increase to adjust for cost of living increases.

      For Ann Beser and a few dozen other protesters at the social security building in Conway, standing out in the rain wasn't a first choice.

      "How many people of our age would come out and stand in the rain, we have arthritis, I mean this is very unpleasant, extremely unpleasant, but we've got to make a point," Beser explained.

      She is protesting proposed cuts to future social security increases.

      "We paid in to this system, this is our money," she added.

      Policy makers want to cut more than a trillion dollars in government debt.

      It means the federal government would start using a different method to measure inflation, an accounting method called chained CPI, which would result in smaller increases in benefits.

      Beser said she can change some things about the way she lives her life but not all.

      "If we have less money, we buy cheaper things, cheaper produce, cheaper food, my house payment isn't going to get cheaper."

      She admits national debt is a problem, but it shouldn't be a burden for seniors.

      "To worry about the national debt is a worry and it's something that we have to do something about, but not on our backs," she said.

      Next, Beser says they plan on taking this debate to congress.

      "We talk to our members of Congress. We write letters, we write letters to the editor. We do anything we can, emails, to let other people know that this is going on and it's not acceptable."

      If approved by Congress, the measure would take effect in October, in President Barack Obama's new budget.

      Demonstrators met Tuesday in other cities across the country, including in front of Senator Tim Scott's Charleston Office.