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America's most dangerous group
Buffalo News ^ | 11/16/05 | Robert J. Samuelson

Posted on 11/16/2005 9:13:10 AM PST by qam1

Edited on 11/16/2005 9:19:41 AM PST by Lead Moderator. [history]

Dear Robert J. Samuelson, Our records show that you haven't yet registered for the benefits of AARP membership, even though you are fully eligible. . . . I look forward to your joining us.

Among AARP's 36 million members, there must be many decent people who benefit from the discounts offered on car rentals, hotel rooms and airline tickets. But I won't be joining, because AARP has become America's most dangerous lobby. If left unchecked, its agenda will plunder our children and grandchildren. Massive outlays for the elderly threaten huge tax increases and other government spending. Both may weaken the economy and the social fabric. No thanks.


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TOPICS: Extended News
KEYWORDS: aarp; genx; greedygeezers

1 posted on 11/16/2005 9:13:11 AM PST by qam1
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To: qam1

The Gimme - gimme generation.


2 posted on 11/16/2005 9:14:25 AM PST by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: qam1

I recall when my father in law died sudden in 1999. My mother in law without missing a beat presented her AARP card to my husband and I and said they will take care of things. We nearly choked.

They are very dangerous and need to be checked.


3 posted on 11/16/2005 9:15:01 AM PST by alisasny (Jerry Lewis on France rioting...."CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG!")
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To: qam1; ItsOurTimeNow; PresbyRev; tortoise; Fraulein; StoneColdGOP; Clemenza; malakhi; m18436572; ...
Xer Ping

Ping list for the discussion of the politics and social (and sometimes nostalgic) aspects that directly effects Generation Reagan / Generation-X (Those born from 1965-1981) including all the spending previous generations (i.e. The Baby Boomers) are doing that Gen-X and Y will end up paying for.

Freep mail me to be added or dropped. See my home page for details and previous articles.  

4 posted on 11/16/2005 9:15:27 AM PST by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: qam1
"The Gimme - gimme generation."

What's worse, is that they've begun sending ME membership info, and I'm barely middle-aged!!

Geez, I just get over the shock of turning 29 (for the umteenth time) and they start bugging me to join.

;o)
5 posted on 11/16/2005 9:18:01 AM PST by LIConFem (A fronte praecipitium, a tergo lupi.)
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To: qam1

The alternative: http://www.usanext.org/


6 posted on 11/16/2005 9:18:25 AM PST by polymuser (")
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To: qam1

There is a conservative alternative: USANext, formerly the United Seniors Association is a pro-American, right thinking group which advocates free enterprise solutions. Their website is at www.usanext.org


7 posted on 11/16/2005 9:22:29 AM PST by TheConservativeBanker
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To: alisasny
I dropped out after the last Presidential Election. They are liberals from top to bottom and if you compare the insurance and things they offer you can get much better deals shopping around. I never realized so many of my older counterparts were so selfish.
Most of the chat rooms before the election were filled with mean spirited liberals who appeared to care only for self. What most of these idiots, especially those retired from union type jobs,fail to realize is how much of their pensions are tied up in profits from big oil and all their mentors in the Senate are trying to castigate the oil companies. It is a shame that so many older Americans are so gullible and follow the libs so blindly.
8 posted on 11/16/2005 9:23:58 AM PST by gunnedah
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To: qam1

Yes, the guzzling geezers. The AARP should be classified as a terrorist organization, along with the NEA.


9 posted on 11/16/2005 9:25:22 AM PST by Clemenza (Ticking Away the Moments that Make up the Dog Day)
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To: polymuser

I refuse to join that leftist AARP. Thanks for the USANext alternative.


10 posted on 11/16/2005 9:26:56 AM PST by hsalaw
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To: Clemenza

Like Farm Bureau, its an insurance company that claims to speak for a special group.


11 posted on 11/16/2005 9:28:10 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: qam1

AARP, back in 80s or early 90s, also lead the charge to kill a bill for catastrophic health insurance that would have helped many low income seniors - the very people they claim to protect.

Now they're against any mention of any reform involving even optional changes to social security taxes.

They lost my renewal, get better discounts with AAA anyway !


12 posted on 11/16/2005 9:28:16 AM PST by 1066AD
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To: qam1
Isn't lower pricing based upon age a form of discrimination?

You can't fire a guy for his age, but you can give him a lower price?

13 posted on 11/16/2005 9:32:20 AM PST by polymuser (")
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To: qam1

http://www.nascon.org/

More conservative and not AARP!


14 posted on 11/16/2005 9:33:09 AM PST by alarm rider (Irritating leftists as often as is humanly possible....)
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To: hsalaw

"I refuse to join that leftist AARP. Thanks for the USANext alternative."

Ditto here!


15 posted on 11/16/2005 9:35:40 AM PST by fizziwig
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To: qam1
I joined AARP for the 'benefits'. Discovered they are liars and quit. AARP is nothing but an insurance industry scam. It is not an association for the advancement of retired persons as claimed. They should be prosecuted for fraud.
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16 posted on 11/16/2005 9:36:42 AM PST by mugs99 (Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.)
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To: qam1

I better get back to work. Millions of illegal immigrants, lazy welfare recipients and greedy senior citizens are counting on me. Thanks President Bush for the new Prescription Drug benefit.


17 posted on 11/16/2005 9:36:56 AM PST by jjm2111 (99.7 FM Radio Kuwait)
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To: qam1
"America's most dangerous group" Hippies??
18 posted on 11/16/2005 9:39:17 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: polymuser
Isn't lower pricing based upon age a form of discrimination?
You can't fire a guy for his age, but you can give him a lower price?


There's no discrimination because their prices are not lower...They're higher!
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19 posted on 11/16/2005 9:41:08 AM PST by mugs99 (Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.)
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To: qam1

Communistic nanny state tax and spend excess disguised as granny.


20 posted on 11/16/2005 9:41:19 AM PST by GOP_1900AD (Stomping on "PC," destroying the Left, and smoking out faux "conservatives" - Take Back The GOP!)
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To: qam1

Maybe I'm just dense, but I still cannot firgure out why it should be someone else's childrens' and grandchildrens' burden to support me when I'm an old fart.


21 posted on 11/16/2005 9:48:39 AM PST by uglybiker (nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh BAT MAN!!)
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To: jjm2111

22 posted on 11/16/2005 9:52:35 AM PST by xrp (Conservative votes are to Republicans what 90% of black votes are to Democrats (taken for granted))
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To: the OlLine Rebel

"Hippies??"

Aging hippies.


23 posted on 11/16/2005 9:53:17 AM PST by kenth (Come back here... so that I may brain thee!)
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To: qam1

Picture a scene where some old guy comes to your door and says that he has a few medical bills that he'd like you to help take care of. Is there anyone that wouldn't tell such a person to take a hike.

Well, then, if you won't help voluntarily, let's make some laws that make you help, all supported whole-heartedly by AARP and their ilk. To make matters worse, it doesn't even matter that the person asking for help might be better able to pay his bills than you.

This nonsense has got to stop.


24 posted on 11/16/2005 9:59:54 AM PST by B.Bumbleberry
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To: B.Bumbleberry
That's such a powerful idea: requiring recipients to directly ask the providers for entitlement money. It would save a lot of government bureaucracy expense, as well.
25 posted on 11/16/2005 10:05:41 AM PST by polymuser (")
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To: mugs99
There's no discrimination because their prices are not lower...They're higher!.

I assume you're talking about health coverage. (Shhh, don't tell them, they think they're in a warm, soft blankie.)

I was talking about all the discounts they get goods and services for showing their AARP card. 10% off at many, many places, especially eateries.

26 posted on 11/16/2005 10:09:08 AM PST by polymuser (")
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To: qam1
The AARP magazine reguarly puts Leftists on the cover:


27 posted on 11/16/2005 10:13:02 AM PST by Plutarch
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To: qam1
I found that they also have a fairly large lobby agenda in other areas. Gun control in particular.
My parents got out of it.
28 posted on 11/16/2005 10:13:30 AM PST by GrandEagle
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To: polymuser
I was talking about all the discounts they get goods and services for showing their AARP card. 10% off at many, many places, especially eateries.

Those same places that give 10% off for showing your AARP card give 10% off to any senior with or without an AARP card...All you have to do is ask.
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29 posted on 11/16/2005 10:17:00 AM PST by mugs99 (Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.)
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To: LIConFem

Once you roll fifty you get an annual letter. or so I'm told ;>)


30 posted on 11/16/2005 10:22:14 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine's brother ( We need a few more Marines like Lt. Gen. James Mattis)
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother
"Once you roll fifty you get an annual letter. or so I'm told ;>)"

Yeah, well... that particular happy event is still a few years off, and I still get membership solicitations from them.
31 posted on 11/16/2005 10:36:52 AM PST by LIConFem (A fronte praecipitium, a tergo lupi.)
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To: mugs99

OK. I still feel discriminated against. I pay 11% more than them.


32 posted on 11/16/2005 10:37:27 AM PST by polymuser (")
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To: the OlLine Rebel

I was thinking "Senate", myself.


33 posted on 11/16/2005 10:38:59 AM PST by MortMan (Eschew Obfuscation)
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To: polymuser

Lol...
I feel discriminated against when I spend cash. I have to pay higher prices to subsidize those who use credit cards.
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34 posted on 11/16/2005 10:43:28 AM PST by mugs99 (Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.)
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To: qam1

Thank goodness the National Council of Senior Citizens, which was D/union conceived (Kennedy/CIO), highly government funded and which thoroughly backed HillaryCare, is now defunct.


35 posted on 11/16/2005 10:50:04 AM PST by polymuser (")
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To: qam1

Yeah buddy, they're even more dangerous than the terrorists. Could this article be any more over the top?


36 posted on 11/16/2005 12:05:57 PM PST by Crackingham
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To: TheConservativeBanker
There is a conservative alternative: USANext, formerly the United Seniors Association is a pro-American, right thinking group which advocates free enterprise solutions.

Their website is at www.usanext.org

That's good information to have - thanks for posting it!

37 posted on 11/16/2005 12:40:29 PM PST by Alex Murphy (Psalm 73)
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To: kjenerette

...reading.


38 posted on 11/16/2005 1:31:48 PM PST by Van Jenerette (Our Republic...If We Can Keep It!)
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To: qam1

btt


39 posted on 11/16/2005 10:43:46 PM PST by Marie (Stop childhood obesity! Give em' Marlboros, not milkshakes!)
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