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Geezers With Pitchforks Vs. The AARP
IBD Editorials ^ | August 7, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff

Posted on 08/07/2009 6:08:35 PM PDT by Kaslin

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Discourse: At a town hall last week in Dallas, an elderly "mob" with "manufactured" outrage questioned AARP's support for nationalized health care, asking: "Do you work for us or do we work for you?"


There were no swastika-wearing grannies at Tuesday's meeting, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi might claim. Nor were they "taking their cues from talk show hosts, Internet rumor-mongers . . . and insurance rackets," as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said.

But they were mad as hell at the perception that AARP was selling them out in the name of government-run medical insurance. That perception was not helped when the AARP town hall on the subject was shut down by the seniors outfit once the members dared to ask questions. The AARP representatives did not want to hear from the members at all. Just send in your dues, granny, and be quiet.

AARP denies being in league with the administration in pushing its medical insurance agenda. But as Mark Tapscott, editorial page editor for the Washington Examiner reports, that claim may be bogus despite a statement by AARP CEO Barry Rand in the July 31 issue that "AARP has not endorsed any of the bills currently being debated in Congress."

On Monday, Connie Hair of Human Events reported on a memo from Pelosi in which the speaker described the Democrats' plan to "partner" with AARP as part of a planned August recess PR blitz for government expansion of medical insurance. The fiasco in Dallas was an example of that partnership.

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1 posted on 08/07/2009 6:08:35 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

AARP should be marginalized into the bin of history. They are leftist socialists and communists. I refuse to join this cabal!! NEVER!!!


2 posted on 08/07/2009 6:11:25 PM PDT by ludlowm
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To: Kaslin

We can only hope that AARP is finally being exposed for the liberal organization that it is. This exposure is long overdue.


3 posted on 08/07/2009 6:11:57 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: cal

Right on the money and thank you!


4 posted on 08/07/2009 6:12:28 PM PDT by Randy Larsen ( BTW, If I offend you! Please let me know, I may want to offend you again!)
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To: Kaslin

AARP just lost me as a member.


5 posted on 08/07/2009 6:13:07 PM PDT by kempo
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To: Kaslin

Just ask the AARP for a list of political contributions they’ve made for the last ten years. Make it a short list, just ask for the list of Republicans they’ve contributed to.
They’ll never get a dime from me in my lifetime simply because they give money to “Handgun Control Inc.”.


6 posted on 08/07/2009 6:13:13 PM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (America held hostage - day 163)
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To: ludlowm

I put everything I get from them immediately through my shredder


7 posted on 08/07/2009 6:14:28 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for 0bama: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

AARP is FULL OF CRAP, here is a website that THEY sponsor, which is full of lies:

http://aarp.convio.net/site/PageNavigator/Myths_vs_Facts_splash


8 posted on 08/07/2009 6:14:49 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: Kaslin

What a great title!


9 posted on 08/07/2009 6:14:55 PM PDT by taxtruth (MY GOVERNMENT THINKS I"M IN A MOB)
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To: Kaslin

I hate to admit it, but AARP has been sending me crap since I was 45, trying to soften me up. But I already realized, they are just giving away $3 off coupons on pizza, ice cream and movie tickets to get a place at the table in the beltway. F them.


10 posted on 08/07/2009 6:15:08 PM PDT by Free State Four
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To: Kaslin

What is the age to be a geezer?

I am approaching 52 and I do not have insurance...

I still do not want the government to take over...

my next birthday makes me a full deck without the jokers...

Obama wants to add the jokers!!


11 posted on 08/07/2009 6:15:23 PM PDT by Nitro
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To: Kaslin

Those dang grey haired dissidents, at it again. What will AARP do to protect themselves against such rabble? I know, ignore them and leave the room.

Great business model. ;-)


12 posted on 08/07/2009 6:15:33 PM PDT by doc1019 (Obama? Not so much.)
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To: Kaslin
Dont shred the business reply envelop.
Put a nasty note in it and send it back to them!
13 posted on 08/07/2009 6:16:19 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: Free State Four
You forgot the Horse they road in on....

I can't wait to get their latest mailer, What can we do to raise their postal rates by returning their junk...

14 posted on 08/07/2009 6:16:44 PM PDT by taildragger (Palin / Mulally 2012)
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To: bareford101; BerniesFriend; blaveda; Bookwoman; Celeste732; dsc; FrdmLvr; FreedomPoster; ...

15 posted on 08/07/2009 6:17:37 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for 0bama: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin
AARP is just looking to suck on the government nipple in the deathcare deal.It's all about the money.
16 posted on 08/07/2009 6:17:57 PM PDT by taxtruth (MY GOVERNMENT THINKS I"M IN A MOB)
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To: Kansas58

Been doing this for years. Yet, they keep sending invites. They pay the postage so I don’t care … I’m retired and have plenty of free time on my hands. ;-)


17 posted on 08/07/2009 6:20:17 PM PDT by doc1019 (Obama? Not so much.)
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To: taildragger
You forgot the Horse they road in on....

Mind your nouns. They ride on a Donkey! :)

18 posted on 08/07/2009 6:20:59 PM PDT by Free State Four
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To: Kaslin
I put everything I get from them immediately through my shredder

Go one step better. Send back their prepaid postage envelope with your reasons for not joining. Let them PAY to hear from you.
19 posted on 08/07/2009 6:21:43 PM PDT by John D
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To: Kansas58

I send it back unopened. I mark it ‘refused mail’. I believe they than have to pay the return postage costs. if so that is just a few less coins for them to contribute to the anti-second amendment orgs. and the anti-hunting groups.


20 posted on 08/07/2009 6:22:22 PM PDT by bobby.223
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To: Kansas58

Damn, I thought I was going to be the first to come up with the best solution.


21 posted on 08/07/2009 6:23:30 PM PDT by John D
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To: Free State Four

I always shred the documents they sent, fill their SASE with the shreddings, then mail it back to them on their dime.


22 posted on 08/07/2009 6:24:14 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: John D

No way. Why would I even want to discuss anything with them?


23 posted on 08/07/2009 6:25:51 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for 0bama: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Nitro
AARP is more than happy to "enlist" you at age 50.

I used to belong - as with many, for the discounts (and they are GOOD if you're traveling), but I sh*tcanned 'em years ago.....but I keep the card in my wallet.

If anybody even asks to see it when I inquire -- which is exceedingly rare -- I flash the long expired card and still get the goods. Ain't been busted yet.

24 posted on 08/07/2009 6:27:24 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Impeach now....not next month... now)
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To: John D
I despise AARP;at besy,they are a bunch of freeloaders demanding special discounts just because their members reached a given age.

But much worse,they are anti-gun.

Their directors dream of everyone buying only AARP endorsed products.

25 posted on 08/07/2009 6:27:31 PM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: SandRat
I always shred the documents they sent, fill their SASE with the shreddings, then mail it back to them on their dime.

You know, until now, I knew what they were, but I just tossed their crap in the trash can. But to actually abuse us, not just use us, I may take up your return mail practice. Takes a little more time, but not much. :)

26 posted on 08/07/2009 6:28:01 PM PDT by Free State Four
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To: SandRat

Did you ever wonder how they got your name and address in the first place, and knew not to send you mail when you were 16 years old?


27 posted on 08/07/2009 6:28:29 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: Kansas58
Dont shred the business reply envelop. Put a nasty note in it and send it back to them!

That's what I do....let them pay the postage and take the time to open it

28 posted on 08/07/2009 6:28:46 PM PDT by digger48
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To: ludlowm

AARP are follwong the ACORN business model of getting a free billion dollar congress contract to run healthcare in violation of church and state.

It is obvious they are getting paid by a mobish kind of people of which the AARP has joined through such business models proposed by Marxists and all sorts of criminalizing misfits like the Nazies and what not.


29 posted on 08/07/2009 6:29:58 PM PDT by JudgemAll (control freaks, their world & their problem with my gun and my protecting my private party)
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To: Kaslin
Just to make them PAY for the return postage.
30 posted on 08/07/2009 6:30:31 PM PDT by John D
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To: Fester Chugabrew

They didn’t send any to you when you were 16??? I’ve been getting their CRAP since I Graduated from H.S.


31 posted on 08/07/2009 6:31:11 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: digger48
I don't advocate it, however read their take on things....

http://www.wikihow.com/Stop-Junk-Mail-by-Sending-it-Back

32 posted on 08/07/2009 6:31:36 PM PDT by taildragger (Palin / Mulally 2012)
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To: Free State Four

and it causes you to smile knowing you’re irritating them when they open it and making them pay for it.


33 posted on 08/07/2009 6:33:09 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: taildragger
lets try that again... http://www.wikihow.com/Stop-Junk-Mail-by-Sending-it-Back
34 posted on 08/07/2009 6:34:12 PM PDT by taildragger (Palin / Mulally 2012)
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To: SandRat

Hehe. Maybe you had a beard and moustache back then. Read the latest almanac, though, and AARP ranks far and away above every publication when it comes to circulation numbers.


35 posted on 08/07/2009 6:38:52 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: John D

Hmm, I could put something that is really heavy; like a brick in a package, glue the envelope on the outside. That would really cost them postage, wouldn’t it?


36 posted on 08/07/2009 6:39:06 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for 0bama: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Fester Chugabrew
The trash they was solicitations to contribute to some fund or such thing so that they could lobby on seniors behalf; citing “Didn't I want to help care for my Grandparents?”
37 posted on 08/07/2009 6:42:18 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Kaslin

Sounds like a winner.


38 posted on 08/07/2009 6:45:27 PM PDT by John D
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To: Kansas58; Kaslin

Fill the reply envelope with all your other junk mail without your address. Make it as heavy as possible to make it cost them as much as possible.


39 posted on 08/07/2009 6:45:50 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (Democrats: the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy and Sedition)
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To: Kaslin; ludlowm; Parley Baer; Randy Larsen; kempo; bitterohiogunclinger; Kansas58; taxtruth; ...

Here’s a video of the Dallas AARP “Town Hall”.

http://dallas.conservativemuse.com/2009/08/07/even-aarp-members-object-to-obamacare/


40 posted on 08/07/2009 6:47:33 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Kaslin

It’s obvious right from the start of the Dallas AARP video that the AARP female speaker came to lecture the AARP membership group.

The tone of the presentation is set right at the start when the speaker opens up by telling the crowd she is there to listen.

AARP: “You notice on the agenda we call it a listening session? That’s because we want to hear from you.....”

(That’s a good start - listening to the paid membership is smart.)

AARP: “I think we can all agree that the system we have now is not sustainable.....”

CROWD: “No we don’t agree!”

Then she basically told them to shut up. So much for the listening:

AARP: “Excuse me but I would really appreciate it if everybody could keep their comments quiet until there’s time for the public comments, we’re gonna’ have time for the public question and answers and I would appreciate some courtesy. Really!”

“This might be fun for you but that’s not what we’re doing today. We’re gonna’ try to do some communication.....”

And then the fun started.

Video here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoMNDdQ1_h0


41 posted on 08/07/2009 6:48:35 PM PDT by Iron Munro (You can't kill the beast while sucking at its teat - Claire Wolfe)
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To: Kansas58; Kaslin

I put all of their junk, and sometimes some of my other junk mail in their return envelope.


42 posted on 08/07/2009 6:49:56 PM PDT by magslinger (Inside every father is a Bryan Mills waiting to get out.)
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To: Kaslin

I bet the AARP is bleeding members.


43 posted on 08/07/2009 6:51:47 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Obama Cancels War on Terrorism to Focus on War on Americans ~~ JammieWearingFool)
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To: Kaslin
http://action.afa.net/videos/aarp/

There's the link to the video. Its amazing to watch. Anyone who says these people are "manufactured" and "organized" hasn't seen the tape. I'm a senior, living in a senior community ... those people could have been my neighbors. Just people with a "seasoned" point of view, not even yelling and screaming. IF you haven't seen it, the video is worth 5 minutes of watching. Amazing how people like these could be "demonized" and said to be "carrying swastikas" ... the left is really getting scary. And what is left of the "greatest generation" once again looks like it is showing the way. Made me very proud to be a senior (and yes, I'll be there in DC on Sept 12th!) I may not walk as fast as many of you here on FR, but wave to me as you pass by! I'll be the gray haired fellow carrying the Sons of Liberty Vertical 9 stripe flag. :-)

44 posted on 08/07/2009 6:53:06 PM PDT by DHC-2 (http://www.jdlinn.com/liberty.html)
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To: taildragger

Fill the envelope full of junk. They are charged according to the weight. A few years ago I worked at a business and we were charged a $1 for the business reply envelope and $.23 for each extra ounce, so make it heavy.


45 posted on 08/07/2009 6:53:48 PM PDT by pickyourpoison (" Laus Deo ")
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To: taildragger
I like that idea.

I've already sent the White House "fishy" articles regarding shark attacks in Louisiana and recipes for blackened orange roughy.

46 posted on 08/07/2009 6:55:21 PM PDT by HoosierHawk (www.firstsundaymusic.com)
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To: Nitro

Attacking the INSURANCE Industry is a benefit to AARP, as they are now in the insurance business through a NY Insurance company...some ads on tv.

It’s in their flyers...car, health, life, motorcycles etc...they don’t expect to need the elderly much longer. It would be great if their buddy can’t destroy the insurance companies, and the elderly abandan AARP.


47 posted on 08/07/2009 6:57:48 PM PDT by Kackikat
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To: Fester Chugabrew
Did you ever wonder how they got your name and address in the first place, and knew not to send you mail when you were 16 years old?

They mess up now and again. Shortly after I received the Purple Heart I began receiving their mailout..... some stuff directly pointed toward veterans..... I was 23 at the time! I let them know that it probably wasn't too smart to assume everyone with a PH is Vietnam age. I stopped receiving their junk mail shortly thereafter.

48 posted on 08/07/2009 6:58:05 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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To: Kaslin

All they have to do is quite AARP and go here:

Alternative to AARP — Association of Mature American Citizens http://www.amac.us/


49 posted on 08/07/2009 6:59:07 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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