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Progressives Accuse AARP of Double-Dealing

Posted on Mar 18, 2012
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Following reports that AARP—the influential senior citizens lobby—will convene a closed-door meeting with higher-ups who advocate slashing essential welfare programs, progressive groups are launching campaigns to pressure the organization to stand firm against any cuts in Social Security benefits and Medicare.

Criticism of AARP from such groups is strong. Isaiah Poole with Campaign for America’s Future condemned the organization for taking seriously the proposals of those who want to slash and privatize Social Security:

“For years now, we’ve had a “debate” about how to make Social Security sustainable for the next 75 years. One side of that debate is using fear-mongering and deception to make the case for dismantling a public vehicle for economic security that many of the people on that side of the debate never believed should exist to begin with. Their dream remains replacing Social Security with a private insurance system that would be a playground for the same Wall Street gamblers and predators whose behavior trashed the value of our 401(k)s during the 2008 financial crash.”


The Huffington Post:

“Once again, AARP is working behind the scenes to build support for benefit cuts while masquerading about as an ardent defender of the safety net to its massive, dues-paying membership,” reads a petition from the progressive blog “This is outrageous, and AARP should immediately call off the event and disavow this shameful attempt to throw its weight behind benefit cuts.”

Credo Action, an online progressive advocacy group, asked its members to reach out to AARP. “Ironically, while the CEO of AARP is set to hold a private meeting with people who want to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits, the organization has also just launched a national listening tour on the future of Social Security and Medicare. So if there’s ever a time to speak out to AARP, it’s now,” reads a letter to the group’s membership. “We are joining with other groups including our friends at Social Security Works in making sure AARP hears that everyday Americans don’t want cuts to Social Security benefits. We need to make sure AARP gets this message loud and clear.”

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By nash984954, March 21, 2012 at 12:16 am Link to this comment

Big B, do not forget the Rethugs in 2010 actually won over many of the old folks by lying abt the ACA taking $500 million from the Medicare program, which was, of course, a lie. The FAUX old folks group ran many ads that lied to seniors and they believed the ads. I was a membEr of AARP for a short while, but found ads running in their slick mag production for corporate schemes/scams like the Reverse Mortgage and others, with a lot of commercial plans for healthcare and other costly programs that returned very little. Many old folks actually need a reliable advocate, cuz’ when you age your mind doesn’t work as well as it once did and people take advantage of the old folks. I’m 61, how old are you? Do you really think old folks don’t care for their families and their grandchildren and want them to be cared for?A big problem for Ryan’s Medicare plan was his miscalculation that the old folks would not be concerned with those coming after them, and only allow those who were younger to get screwed with the plan, which would have cost more for future retirees, while current ones would not. The fact that those current retirees were concerned about how the new plan would screw over later retirees made a big stink at town meetings saying how unfair it was to the future retiress, though it would not affect current ones. Surely you recall the townhall meetings of outrage over Ryan’s plan?

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By vector56, March 20, 2012 at 6:55 pm Link to this comment

AARP allowed Obama to raise from the dead an old Heritage Foundation idea of a “Pay Roll Tax Holiday” as a back door method to defund Social Security and did not utter a word!

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By Roger Dahlke, March 19, 2012 at 11:02 am Link to this comment
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Was thinking of joining, but I’m over it now.

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By Ron, March 19, 2012 at 8:30 am Link to this comment
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@Big B…sadly, as a soon to retire lifelong worker,
I have to defend my social security. I have put a
huge amount of money in to social security. SS is
what will provide me with food and shelter when I get
older. The fact that I spent my working life in a
system where the money goes to the government gives
me no choice. For me (and others in my situation) the
die is cast…if the rules are changed now I do not
have enough working time left to do anything else.

The Republicans just want to close down the
system…if the Republicans get their way they will
just close down Social Security and Medicare.
Basically, they want to keep all of the money that I
put into the system over the past 45 years (and leave
me out in the cold for my old age). That is not fair
to me (and the other people in the same situation).

And our money is in the social security trust
fund….enough to fund the system for the next 40
years or more. Basically, there is enough money in
the trust fund to pay for the retirement of everybody
currently in the system.

The problem is not funding the system…the problem
is that the republicans do not want to pay back the
money that is due to the Social Security trust fund
because that will require raising taxes on the 1%.
The federal government owes the Social Security trust
fund about 2 trillion dollars and the Republicans
want to default on that debt.

That is why you hear about “my” social security and
“my” medicare…you hear that because we paid for it.

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By Blueokie, March 18, 2012 at 7:50 pm Link to this comment

The AARP is running on the fumes of its orgins when it was actually concerned with the safety net and senior’s issues.  For several years now they have actually been nothing more than a front for the insurance cartel.  Of course they want to privatize Social Security, they are, in effect, an arm of insurance marketing.

Its always necessary to keep your eye on “non-profits”, what they promote and their main source of revenue.  Don’t forget the Sierra Club’s desecrating the legacy of John Muir by taking $26,000,000 from natural gas interests to greenwash fracking.  To add insult to injury, they joined with EDF to partner with natural gas to weaken local controls on fracking while launching coordinated campaigns against coal. 

All three of these organizations are devoid of integrity and credibility, sold out by the people at the top for large executive salaries from the very organizations and philosophies they claim to be in opposition too.

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By ReadingJones, March 18, 2012 at 6:32 pm Link to this comment

People who pay attention have long understood that AARP
is a corrupt organization controlled by a group of
people much like the 1% who run it to benefit
themselves and fake that they are running it to benefit

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By Big B, March 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm Link to this comment

What do you expect from old people and the AARP? They have always been concerned only with their own self interest. They have never given 2 shits for welfare or food stamps or disability. They only care about one thing, The want the “guv-ment” to keeps its hands off THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY and THEIR MEDICARE. They could care less about 75 years from now.

Our elderly are once again faced with a difficult choice. Just as in 2008, they are forced to choose between a black guy they don’t trust who says he won’t cut their benefits, and a white guy from the GOP who promises to cut their benefits and make it even more difficult to manage what they have left.

They will ultimately vote democrat, because if there is one thing our seniors all have in common it is the belief that they alone should never sacrifice anything.

Support the removal of the income cap on SSI and Medicare benefits. That alone would fix the system.

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