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Intro: "An article in Friday's Wall Street Journal has Social Security advocates angry and scratching their heads. It suggests that AARP - one of the most powerful interest groups in Washington - has done an about face on the question of cutting retirement benefits for seniors as part of a grand bipartisan bargain on shoring up the programs finances."

Many older Americans, including these in Washington last fall, oppose cuts to federal entitlement programs. (photo: AFP/Getty Images)
Many older Americans, including these in Washington last fall, oppose cuts to federal entitlement programs. (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

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+25 # Brian Flaherty 2011-06-18 09:29
When?? Oh, when! Will the stupid-ass American Public tumble to the fact that AARP is a FOR-PROFIT BUSINESS. . .And, cares little for those Seniors who blithely support it!!!

The Public should be reminded that AARP sold out it's "constituency" during the run-up to the Bush Prescription Drug Plan. . .And, cutting Social Security in 2011 is likely to be no different this time!!!

Read the fine print on the plethora of health insurance advertisements on TV. . .And, buried deep, you'll see The Truth: "AARP receives financial consideration for the use of its name and gets a kickback for every sale made through its website link!" [OK. . so I didn't quote it verbatim. . .But, what I've said is pretty much true!]
+14 # Activista 2011-06-18 11:52
marketing arm for/of Insurance Companies.

AARP is exploiting retirees -
ARRA News Service: AARP Dirty Secrets - Part 4: Does Not Exactly ...
Jan 9, 2010 ... Moreover, how many AARP members are aware that they pay dues to an organization whose CEO receives more than a million dollars in salary and ...
+32 # jene fielder 2011-06-18 09:42
What a complete and evil scheme, obviously sold out to insurance corps, since AARP, is parent to Hartford Ins. If congress stopped stealing funds from SS, to pay for there spending, we wouldn't be having this battle,,Keep your damn hands off SS, We have paid into this for our entire working careers, We have already lost two years increase amounting to at least 2400$ per person.Entitlem ent, yes, we invested into this fund, and are entitled to the promise of income, invested..A full investigation of the individuals that have raped this fund should be the first thing on your agenda.
+21 # reiverpacific 2011-06-18 10:39
I kicked AARP out of my life several years ago (when they supported the wrong direction of medication costs) but they persist in sending me "We want you back" and "Medicare supplements" propaganda.
They are, as has been noted by other contributors, a BIG MONEY FOR-PROFIT organization with staff in every state (how much does THAT cost for a start?) and shills for big insurance and pharm', the principal evil-doers ruling the whole mockery of a medical non-system in these Fragmented States.
The have a strong contingent of "Burrowers", the former and more appropriately-d escriptive name for "Lobbyists" (another high-cost luxury paid to influence their favorite legislators) and put out a magazine which is a thinly-disguise d and feel-good, content-lite front for "Seniors" (old farts), touting swanky, private, gated retirement "Communities (not)" and advertising all kinds of products for tarting-up elder vanities and such crap.
Avoid them like the the plague -they'll blur your already shrinking consciousness-q uotient as you age hopefully naturally and more or less gracefully.
+8 # soularddave 2011-06-18 10:56
'rj' makes a good point. Indexing the income cap for inflation should have been done. A bigger point is that inflation indexing isn't like indexing the cost of living. In either case, excluding the cost of food and fuel from the formula is an obvious sleight of hand trick that further compromises the position of retiree, as well as typical people who are forced to be in the plan.

Has AARP been 'bought off'? This surprising new position has taken me by surprise and I need more info quickly.
+10 # Robert H Pflanz 2011-06-18 12:07
If AARP holds to this decision, I will withdraw all support from the group and ask all my friends and relatives and anyone else I can contact to dump AARP. I had always assumed that the group was our voice to the nation - they have displaced their loyalties and may be the cause of their own downfall.
+12 # R Rogers 2011-06-18 12:36
If SS is to be on the table, then so shouldn't congressional pensions be slashed. These people collect perks throughtout their terms then collect pensions that are 33% more than comparable salaried workers. Had Greesnspan not showed Reagan how to rob these funds we wouldn't bein this fix today. It's not you're money, let it alone after you reimburse the system of all monies you supposedly borrowed.
+9 # don singleton 2011-06-18 13:21
AARP is just another corporate rip off. I made my feelings clear on the sell out on the prescription drug fiasco. They must have gotten the message because they stopped sending me crap in the mail. I guess, of course, when you tell a pack of thieves that they can kiss your whole *** and that means from your political perspective which is neither on the left side or the right side but right in the middlde, they get the message.
+3 # KittatinyHawk 2011-06-19 14:44
I am stopping my check now thanks
+4 # Lulie 2011-06-20 11:15
My husband and I have canceled our membership. If AARP can't even support Social Security, it has no purpose at all, other than to make profits for itself. I just hope there will be enough Social Security left to keep me from living under the bridge.
+1 # bobby t. 2011-06-22 20:07
ok, very very simple. single payer, no longer need aarp as far as health insurance is concerned. they started putting their name on all insurance companies, like united aarp, etc. oh, senior friends say to me, "i have aarp insurance." they actually have been sold out and are living in disneyland.
i paid ss and expect to be paid back. it was and still is, insurance, not only for old age, but for disability and for widows pensions. it is insurance, and i expect to be paid. end of story.

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