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Conservatives Say Cut AARP's Federal Funds
AP ^ | 2/7/6 | JIM ABRAMS

Posted on 02/07/2006 3:25:29 PM PST by SmithL

WASHINGTON -- Conservative groups urged Congress on Tuesday to end all federal funds to AARP, saying it was wrong for the seniors group to be receiving tens of millions in taxpayer dollars at the same time it was campaigning against administration policies.

"AARP does not have the right to expect taxpayers to foot the bill to help advance its political agenda," said John Carlisle of the National Legal and Policy Center, author of a paper on federal funding to the seniors organization.

David Sloane, senior managing director of government relations at AARP, said the paper was a "sour grapes" response to the coalition's failure to advance President Bush's proposal to privatize Social Security, which AARP opposed.

Sloane said AARP participates in competitive bidding for all federal grants and has shown good results in its federally backed program to find employment for low-income seniors. He said financing for the foundation that runs such programs is totally separated from other AARP activities, including political lobbying.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 109th; aarp; anti2ndamendment; antigun; belafonte; defundtheleft; federalfunding; fundingtheleft; harrybelafonte; manoftheyear; seniors
Those heartless conservatives want old people to pay full-price for meals, motels, and life insurance?
1 posted on 02/07/2006 3:25:30 PM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL

>>>"AARP does not have the right to expect taxpayers to foot the bill to help advance its political agenda"<<<

I will continue to send them bricks on their little "join us" mailouts.

TT


2 posted on 02/07/2006 3:27:57 PM PST by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: SmithL

PBS, now AARP--now axing these two from the budget would sure make my YEAR!


3 posted on 02/07/2006 3:29:40 PM PST by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: SmithL
I would NEVER have anything to do with the AARP.

My wife asked me about them several years ago.

My response was "AARP is an acronym for Absolute A$$holes Ripping People off.

We used to get their annoying mail, until I finally told them to FOFF!

4 posted on 02/07/2006 3:33:06 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: MizSterious

Yeah, this is the same group that recently honored Scary Belefonte as one of their People of the Year. Cut them off at the knees.


5 posted on 02/07/2006 3:34:46 PM PST by cvn76rr
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To: SmithL

I'm very suprised they receive federal funding. I thought they were a private organization. How silly of me. Now I have even more reason to dislike and distrust them.


6 posted on 02/07/2006 3:35:12 PM PST by SteamShovel
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To: Cobra64
I am searching my memory
Doesn't AARP request a contribution yearly to belong to their socialist agenda?
7 posted on 02/07/2006 3:37:25 PM PST by rocksblues (John McCain says adopt a terrorist today!)
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To: SmithL
Regardless of their politics - there is NO reason any private organization should get federal funds.

Pure Pork

8 posted on 02/07/2006 3:42:07 PM PST by llevrok (NFL Refs for sale. Dial 1-800-Rooney)
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To: SmithL

Why should we taxpayers fund a lobbyist organization?


9 posted on 02/07/2006 3:43:32 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: MizSterious

Defund the American Communist Lawyers Union too and all will be right with the world, and the budget.


10 posted on 02/07/2006 3:46:31 PM PST by xcamel (One should hope Global Dumbing is reversible.)
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To: SmithL
"Tens of millions to AARP"

That's NOTHING next to the hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollar that go to PLANNED PARENTHOOD every signle year. And so-called "pro-life" Bush hasn't cut a signle penny.

11 posted on 02/07/2006 3:52:27 PM PST by montag813
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To: Cobra64

I love the acronym. Now I have another one to use. My old one is Anti-American Retired People.


12 posted on 02/07/2006 3:52:37 PM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed less people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: SmithL
I always enjoy getting their mail asking me to join. I dutifully write in No I don't want to join and then mail it back to them at their expense.
13 posted on 02/07/2006 3:52:50 PM PST by Rogle
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To: SmithL

Do you ever read that AAPR magazine they send out? I almost fell to the ground when I got it last month. The front page story was how much in debt our country is in and how it will fall on our childrent to pay it. How dare Aarp complain about this now, now that Seniors account for so much of the budget. It just frosts me.


14 posted on 02/07/2006 3:54:23 PM PST by Hildy (The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth)
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To: SmithL

while their at it they should cut funding to Planned Parenthood too.


15 posted on 02/07/2006 3:59:31 PM PST by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: Rogle
and then mail it back to them at their expense....

I have done the same, and now fume at the thought I have been mailing it back at MY expense (via taxes).

16 posted on 02/07/2006 4:07:07 PM PST by C210N (Bush SPYED, Terrorists DIED!)
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To: SmithL

Fed money for AARP too? My goodness, ACLU, PBS and now AARP? It is no wonder we are surrounded by socialists.


17 posted on 02/07/2006 4:09:09 PM PST by caisson71
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To: Hildy; All
IIRC, AARP wants strict gun control as well as many other socialist idiocies...

AARP can kiss my grits! They will never see a dime of my money!

18 posted on 02/07/2006 4:11:47 PM PST by JDoutrider
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To: SteamShovel

hahahahaha...

A liberal organization not receiving federal funding!

hahahahahahaha....

Now that's funny!


19 posted on 02/07/2006 4:13:22 PM PST by GOPRaleigh (Liberals - who needs 'em.)
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To: goodwithagun

I love the acronym. Now I have another one to use. My old one is Anti-American Retired People.

As a kid I thought it was for the "retarded" people for years.


20 posted on 02/07/2006 4:15:20 PM PST by moog
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To: SmithL
Those heartless conservatives want old people to pay full-price for meals, motels, and life insurance?

Planned a little vacation for hubby and I last year. As I went to various hotel websites to check on rates, every hotel chain that had an AARP rate called it an "AARP / Senior" rate. It would apply to ANY senior, whether they were members of AARP or not. There are plenty of good discounts to be had without joining. Same with restaurants.

21 posted on 02/07/2006 4:26:46 PM PST by RedWhiteBlue
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To: SteamShovel

Strong lobbyists. You know, special interests.


22 posted on 02/07/2006 4:36:27 PM PST by satchmodog9 (Most people stand on the tracks and never even hear the train coming)
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To: SmithL

This Senior despises this vile organization that succeeds ripping off our grandchildren for no valid reason.


23 posted on 02/07/2006 7:28:35 PM PST by Spirited
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To: SmithL

The Wall Street Journal has been campaigning for this for at least ten years and WOW!, here it is. Zip a dee do dah.


24 posted on 02/07/2006 7:30:24 PM PST by groanup (Shred for Ian)
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To: SmithL
AARP does not receive any funding from the Congress!

However AARP does receive the money thru the lawsuits they won from the Federal Government!

25 posted on 02/07/2006 7:38:51 PM PST by Sen Jack S. Fogbound
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To: SteamShovel

the AARP hierarchy receives megabucks in salaries; the organization is leftist and worthless. Its main attraction is discount hotel and motel rooms, but I soon learned that I had other statuses which got me even better rates than AARP. And their magazine really sucks. I mean r-e-a-l-l-y!!


26 posted on 02/07/2006 7:51:35 PM PST by mathurine (ua)
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To: SmithL

AARP ...Harry Belafonte ...their "Man of The Year".


27 posted on 02/07/2006 7:55:21 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: mathurine
As for discounts, what are the better deals than AARP? Inquiring minds want to know!

Thanks!

28 posted on 02/08/2006 6:01:36 AM PST by Sen Jack S. Fogbound
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To: SmithL; martin_fierro; TheBigB; Tijeras_Slim

Defund the Geritol Mafia!


29 posted on 02/08/2006 6:03:43 AM PST by Constitution Day (Anger is an energy)
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To: montag813

And how much of our tax-payer $$ goes to the ACLU and NPR?


30 posted on 02/08/2006 6:05:11 AM PST by OldBlondBabe
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To: Constitution Day

Eh? Speak up Sonny!


31 posted on 02/08/2006 6:05:20 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Constitution Day; SmithL; TheBigB; Tijeras_Slim
vs.

Discuss.

32 posted on 02/08/2006 6:10:04 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: SmithL

BTTT


33 posted on 02/08/2006 6:22:32 AM PST by Unicorn (Too many wimps around.)
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To: montag813

In fact, it's increased during his administration.


34 posted on 02/08/2006 6:25:01 AM PST by linda_22003
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To: martin_fierro; Constitution Day; Tijeras_Slim
"I'm old! Gimmie, gimmie, gimmie!"

35 posted on 02/08/2006 6:38:24 AM PST by TheBigB ("Uh, excuse me, would you like to taste my smoked meat log?"~~Brian Griffin)
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To: SmithL

PISS ON THE AARP.

AARP started out as a good idea but went downhill and to the left as it aged.

Anything bad happening to this selfish group of AARP leaders is to good for them.


36 posted on 02/08/2006 6:43:56 AM PST by OKIEDOC (There's nothing like hearing someone say thank you for your help.)
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To: SmithL
Wonder if this group gets federal funds:

http://www.nascon.org/

37 posted on 02/08/2006 7:00:57 AM PST by aberaussie
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound

If you don't know, you probably don't rate it.


38 posted on 02/08/2006 7:02:54 PM PST by mathurine (ua)
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To: mathurine

Thanks a lot! You're sure helpful!


39 posted on 02/08/2006 7:31:53 PM PST by Sen Jack S. Fogbound
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