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AARP Finally Gets It
IBD Editorials ^ | June 17, 2011 | Staff

Posted on 06/17/2011 4:57:16 PM PDT by Kaslin

Social Security: The politically powerful American Association of Retired Persons has finally admitted that the federal government's fiscally doomed entitlements must be fixed. Let Democrats call Paul Ryan extremist now.

On Friday, the AARP officially decided, after what was reported to be a tumultuous internal confab, that it will no longer irrationally stand in the way of the government reducing Social Security benefits.

The group immediately tried to make little of the change, issuing a statement Friday claiming that "Contrary to the misleading characterization in a recent media story, AARP has not changed its position on Social Security."

The AARP also said, "Any changes to this lifeline program should happen in a separate, broader discussion."

In other words, give AARP a seat at the negotiating table in some big deal on the future of Social Security, Medicare and maybe other things too.

But moderate Democrats such as the Third Way group in Washington were beside themselves with glee. They told the New York Times that it was "a watershed moment," and now that the AARP has "opened the door to reform, it is time for lawmakers to walk through it," as Third Way President Jonathan Cowan put it.

The biggest political winner, of course, is House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., whose bold plan to save entitlements through free-market reform has obviously translated into pressure on the not-an-inch position AARP has held over so many years.

(Excerpt) Read more at investors.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: aarp; socialsecurity

1 posted on 06/17/2011 4:57:17 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
AARP is a money launder machine for the DNC and nothing more!

They have "got" it all along.

2 posted on 06/17/2011 5:01:00 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Kaslin

Yes, give the AARP a seat.....in another room.


3 posted on 06/17/2011 5:01:55 PM PDT by Dapper 26
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To: Kaslin

And the ad I just saw on TV attacks Congress for looking at Medicare and Social Security. The ad was filled with lies to scare the unknowing seniors.


4 posted on 06/17/2011 5:02:48 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: Kaslin

LMAO


5 posted on 06/17/2011 5:03:55 PM PDT by WorkerbeeCitizen (I STAND WITH ISREAL!)
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To: Kaslin

The new debate:

We need to cut benefits but we can’t allow those evil republicans to do it.


6 posted on 06/17/2011 5:04:49 PM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Kaslin
It is the classic "I feel your pain" feint......they won't change a goddam thing - only what they tell, not in what they do.

Next time you get a letter from them with a postpaid return envelope, fill it with the other crap from an equally-evil mass mailing and send it to them. Bankrupt them.

7 posted on 06/17/2011 5:05:19 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Proud2BeRight

Here it is, using seniors to make the unknowing believe the needed cuts to those bloated Ponzi Scheme entitlements will hit old people. Noting by a lie.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pb53v5PIOcQ&feature=youtu.be


8 posted on 06/17/2011 5:07:41 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: Kaslin

Why does anyone care what they think anyway? We’re beyond the point of being able to worry if someone likes the fixes or not.


9 posted on 06/17/2011 5:08:54 PM PDT by TheZMan (Just secede and get it over with. No love lost on either side. Cya.)
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To: Kaslin

AARP has been soliciting me for 18 years. Haven’t joined yet and not going to.


10 posted on 06/17/2011 5:10:05 PM PDT by Parmy
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To: Clintonfatigued; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Kaslin.
On Friday, the AARP officially decided, after what was reported to be a tumultuous internal confab, that it will no longer irrationally stand in the way of the government reducing Social Security benefits.
Well of course -- Obamacare is an attack on Medicare, and ultimately it, along with illegals amnesty, will have an impact on Social Security. Plus, Zero wants to campaign on SS reform, gotta lay the groundwork.


11 posted on 06/17/2011 5:12:55 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: Kaslin

This was reported on the national news this evening. Only they’re still reporting that socialist security is solvent and will be for another 25 years. We switched the BS TV “news” off. Again.


12 posted on 06/17/2011 5:17:28 PM PDT by MulberryDraw ( Switch off the EPA.)
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To: Proud2BeRight

I bet the ad was by Moveon.org


14 posted on 06/17/2011 5:21:18 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: TheZMan
Why does anyone care what they think anyway?

Believe it or not, AARP has 37 million members and carries a lot of influence, unfortunately mostly in favor of liberal Democrat policies.

15 posted on 06/17/2011 5:21:54 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Proud2BeRight

Yep. Saw the ad yesterday. Total fabrication, lying to seniors.

Ten bucks says they are ceding this on social security ( the one entitlement not addressed in the Ryan budget). So Obama can run out there and cut social security benefits...with the blessing of AARP. Both will still continue to attack ryan and the republicans as heartless. Scum.


16 posted on 06/17/2011 5:23:58 PM PDT by ilgipper ( political rhetoric is no substitute for competence (Thomas Sowell))
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To: Proud2BeRight

Yep. Saw the ad yesterday. Total fabrication, lying to seniors.

Ten bucks says they are ceding this on social security ( the one entitlement not addressed in the Ryan budget). So Obama can run out there and cut social security benefits...with the blessing of AARP. Both will still continue to attack ryan and the republicans as heartless. Scum.


17 posted on 06/17/2011 5:23:58 PM PDT by ilgipper ( political rhetoric is no substitute for competence (Thomas Sowell))
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To: Proud2BeRight

Yep. Saw the ad yesterday. Total fabrication, lying to seniors.

Ten bucks says they are ceding this on social security ( the one entitlement not addressed in the Ryan budget). So Obama can run out there and cut social security benefits...with the blessing of AARP. Both will still continue to attack ryan and the republicans as heartless. Scum.


18 posted on 06/17/2011 5:23:58 PM PDT by ilgipper ( political rhetoric is no substitute for competence (Thomas Sowell))
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To: Parmy

Me too, and everything I get from them goes right through the shredder


19 posted on 06/17/2011 5:24:05 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Raycpa
We need to cut benefits but we can’t allow those evil republicans to do it.

That's because the democRATS would like to cut benefits to those that saved for their own future, and increase them for the deadbeats that voted for - you guessed it - democrats. They want to redistribute SS, rather than distribute it based on what was paid in, which is the only fair method.

20 posted on 06/17/2011 5:24:05 PM PDT by meyer (We will not sit down and shut up.)
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To: Kaslin

AARP press release this afternoon says they haven’t changed their position.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/aarp-has-not-changed-its-position-on-social-security-124083039.html


21 posted on 06/17/2011 5:30:04 PM PDT by MulberryDraw ( Switch off the EPA.)
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To: Kaslin

Our entitlement programs will be the death of us unless they are repealed.


22 posted on 06/17/2011 5:42:28 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Dapper 26

Or per Obama’s phrase to the Republicans via Obamacare, “the back of the bus.”


23 posted on 06/17/2011 5:53:09 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: EGPWS

Which is why I’ll never join the AARP.


24 posted on 06/17/2011 5:59:43 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Kaslin
I send every postage-paid envelope that they send to me back to them empty. I encourage all to do the same.
25 posted on 06/17/2011 8:29:31 PM PDT by Rockitz (This isn't rocket science- follow the money and you'll find truth.)
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To: ilgipper

He already cut it by 500 million, in obomneycare.


26 posted on 06/17/2011 8:30:05 PM PDT by gidget7 ("When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: gidget7

I know...Unfortunately, most don’t and our side is doing a poor job communicating that fact.


27 posted on 06/17/2011 8:31:09 PM PDT by ilgipper ( political rhetoric is no substitute for competence (Thomas Sowell))
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To: ilgipper

Ryan did a great job last week on foxnews Sunday. And he does it at every town hall meeting, and Frank Luntx focus group too. The media unfortunately colors it every chance they get, as do the rabid rats.


28 posted on 06/17/2011 8:34:39 PM PDT by gidget7 ("When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: meyer
They want to redistribute SS, rather than distribute it based on what was paid in, which is the only fair method.

Believe it or not, we have F.R. members who think "Means testing" is just fine.

29 posted on 06/17/2011 8:48:28 PM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: Kaslin

Never, ever, trust the Americans Against Retired People.


30 posted on 06/17/2011 8:50:40 PM PDT by A Strict Constructionist (Oligarchy...My theory is, college student body presidents become DEMS or RINO's.)
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To: Parmy

I started to return everything they send me in their envelope. I am sick of hearing from them.


31 posted on 06/17/2011 8:53:33 PM PDT by The Mayor (Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty!)
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To: gidget7

Yes, he does well, and a number of others, do too. They just need that particular point front and center for every party member in every interview and commercial.


32 posted on 06/17/2011 9:01:04 PM PDT by ilgipper ( political rhetoric is no substitute for competence (Thomas Sowell))
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To: Kaslin
AARP: Hell no.

ASA: Yes.

33 posted on 06/17/2011 9:29:01 PM PDT by MCH
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To: Kaslin

AARP soupported Obamacare that directly targeted the elderly for human worth economic foumulas of death. AARP would not have a problem with cutting off seniors from the Social Security benefits THEY AND THEIR EMPLOYERS paid for.


34 posted on 06/17/2011 10:47:43 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: SaraJohnson; Darksheare; Lazamataz; darkwing104; Eaker; humblegunner
AARP soupported Obamacare that directly targeted the elderly for human worth economic foumulas of death.

Sheep are sheep. They behave as sheep are expected to behave. Wolves prey upon sheep. It's what they do.

Sheepdogs are differant. They have urges to resist wolves and protect sheep. Often, the sheep they seek to protect confound their efforts to resist the wolves.

The sheep, often, express more hatred and resistance to the sheepdogs than the wolves that the sheepdogs challenge.

Sheepdogs tend to get pretty vexed until they finally figure it all out.

35 posted on 06/17/2011 11:02:31 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Graybeard58
Believe it or not, we have F.R. members who think "Means testing" is just fine.

I know. That's part of the reason that I pointed it out. Redistribution is socialism, and we should be striving, as a country, to eliminate it, not increase it. If people want a free ride, they ought to move to Greece.

36 posted on 06/18/2011 2:13:50 AM PDT by meyer (We will not sit down and shut up.)
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To: Kaslin

I’m 61 year old and AARP has never had a seat in my house and never will.


37 posted on 06/18/2011 3:49:47 AM PDT by lwoodham
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To: Blood of Tyrants

American Anal Retentive Persons


38 posted on 06/18/2011 3:57:54 AM PDT by GOYAKLA (Flush Congress in 2010 & 2012)
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To: EGPWS
AARP is a money launder machine for the DNC and nothing more!

Yep, and the article actually makes the fact that Dems need permission from AARP to act pretty explicit with:

But moderate Democrats such as the Third Way group in Washington were beside themselves with glee. They told the New York Times that it was "a watershed moment," and now that the AARP has "opened the door to reform, it is time for lawmakers to walk through it," as Third Way President Jonathan Cowan put it.


39 posted on 06/18/2011 4:33:41 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: lwoodham

I will be 70 in less then 2 month, and AARP has never and will never have a seat in my house


40 posted on 06/18/2011 4:54:51 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Raycpa

“We need to cut benefits but we can’t allow those evil republicans to do it.”

Not quite. The Democrats want to raise taxes to save Social Security and Medicare. In order to do that, they have to scare seniors into supporting it.


41 posted on 06/18/2011 4:56:29 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Kaslin

one of the minds...the many minds, that created the problem...not capable of the solution.


42 posted on 06/18/2011 5:02:38 AM PDT by mo ("If you understand, no explanation is needed; if you do not, no explanation is possible")
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To: Kaslin
These SOB's always send me literature to sign up.

I have been against them for 20 years knowing they stood in the way of SSI reform, worse they will help turn my and your kids into serfs.

Now they have competition and they stuck their nose in Obamacare.

My guess is membership is down an it would't suprise me if their money making scemes for Obamacare ain't looking so profitable.

Sucks to be them....

43 posted on 06/18/2011 5:07:35 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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