Jun 17 2011
05:07 pm

In today's NYTimes we find this headline:
AARP Is Open to Future Cuts of Social Security Benefits

The original article was first found behind wsj's firewall (subscription), but if you have access, just click here.

Here is the statement that is setting off a firestorm (from the NYT version):

“Our goal is to limit any changes in benefits,” John Rother, the group’s policy chief, said in a telephone interview, “but we also want to see the system made solvent.”

Reading between the lines, yeah, AARP is for changes to SS. But, when the firestorm ensued, AARP had to sort of backtrack.

AARP CEO A. Barry Rand offered the following statement in response to inaccurate media stories on the association’s policy on Social Security:

“Let me be clear – AARP is as committed as we’ve ever been to fighting to protect Social Security for today’s seniors and strengthening it for future generations. Contrary to the misleading characterization in a recent media story, AARP has not changed its position on Social Security.

Makes one wonder if these people bother talking to each other.

However, Josh Marshall reminds us that AARP was/is not the fighter for senior citizens as they makes themselves out to be:

AARP has long been a headache for liberal political groups who do want to defend these programs' basic structure and integrity. Even in 2005, AARP wasn't the first on board in the efforts to derail President Bush's plan to partially phase out Social Security.

Now, I have to say, all the crap I get in the mail from AARP vendors is enough paper to layer this state 20 times over. I mean seriously, the constant barrage of auto insurance, supplemental health insurance, travel insurance, this, that and everything else, is enough to send trees running screaming into the night for their very lives.

The thing is, with all the hawking of these services targeting the very people that are living on fixed incomes, along with their history of kinds-of-sort-of supporting SS AFTER their constituents/members get worked up, how much does AARP really want to work for the betterment of the people they say they represent? Which leads me to believe that the statement they issued is just saying a bunch of words to placate the people they have upset, meaning they are playing us 50+'ers. And so, I signed FDL's letter to AARP telling them hands off my (future) benefits.

Virgil Proudfoot's picture

AARP is an insurance scam

I joined briefly, until I discovered that the discounts were few and the insurance-scam pitches were many. I did not renew my membership.

I guess the organization wants to upscale its target demographic since they now support cutting Social Security benefits to the great mass of their (soon-to-be) former clientele.

Mary the prez's picture

Yes, you guys are correct!

When I first joined, at age 50, (long, long ago), this group of charlatans was still claiming to protect and serve Seniors. But when it came out strong to support the Bush Part D, doughnut hole nightmare along with the bill that passed saying it is now illegal to buy drugs from Canada or any other country...I dropped my membership.
And when the bi-monthly magazine has insurance and drug ads every other page, you KNOW who really owns 'em.
And Friday should have been the last straw. Siding with the Ryan budget to totally destroy Social Security AND Medicare and give these life sustaining programs THAT WE Paid for to Wall Street and Bigh Insurance...well any Senior who can read and reason should cut up their cards and mail 'em back with the next insurance mailing from AARP.

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