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Revolt is brewing among AARP members against AARP leadership
The Washington Examiner ^ | August 6, 2009 | Mark Tapscott, Editorial Page Editor

Posted on 08/07/2009 4:26:39 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Last week I wrote in this space that Obamacare could be the death of AARP because it would expose to the rank-and-file of the 40 million member seniors group - most of whom oppose Obamacare - how their Washington leaders have been taking them for a ride for many years.

The AARP leadership scoffed at that suggestion, but check out the video of a Dallas AARP meeting in this post by Moe Lane at Red State. The leadership wanted to give the members the usual dog-and-pony show in favor of government-run health care, but the members weren't buying it. So the leaders got up and left. Evidently, you either sit down, shut up and listen to your leaders in AARP, or they abandon you.

If it happened in Dallas, you can be certain that similar scenes are taking place at other AARP meetings all over the country.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: aads; aarp; bhohealthcare; congress; healthcare; obama; obamacare; socializedmedicine; townhalls
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Doesn't Art Linkletter have a competing senior's organization of some kind?
1 posted on 08/07/2009 4:26:39 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

AARP tells people that there are hundreds of billions of dollars in the Social Security “trust fund”. If that’s not enough to make you suspicious about the organization, you probably voted for Baraq.


2 posted on 08/07/2009 4:29:26 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I hope so. I have known of the left leaning for years and have never joined for that reason.


3 posted on 08/07/2009 4:34:29 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

AARP has long been a liberal group. Family hasn’t believed me when I’ve pointed that out. They are late to the party.

I thought the group was USA Next, but I can’t find their website.


4 posted on 08/07/2009 4:34:45 PM PDT by Jemian (PAM of JT ~~ A community organizer cannot complain when communities organize.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s called USA Next.


5 posted on 08/07/2009 4:35:13 PM PDT by Rocko (Mymindisaragingtorrent,floodedwithrivuletsofthoughtcascadingintoawaterfallofcreativealternatives.)
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To: Rocko

Can you sorta vouch for it? I want to get my folks OUT of AARP...


6 posted on 08/07/2009 4:36:14 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (BG x 2 (and a heartbeat was heard today....))
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To: nascarnation

I’ve been getting their mail to join for about 5 years. Works good, save it for winter to start the fireplace with.


7 posted on 08/07/2009 4:36:28 PM PDT by Quickgun (As a former fetus, I'm opposed to abortion)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’d like to see it start by firing that lardass broad who walked out of the meeting when the members demanded to be heard.

On the other hand, I could care less what happens to AARP, with luck they and ACORN will all just disappear in a cloud of liberal smoke.


8 posted on 08/07/2009 4:36:59 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wake up you Geezers!Your a burden on the system don’t you know!


9 posted on 08/07/2009 4:37:22 PM PDT by right way right (Do not mistake Religion for God.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That big-assed woman who shut down that AARP meeting should be canned, no pun intended. For cryin’ out loud, when you know your meeting is being videotaped, do you really want to come across as a bully, knowing you’ll likely end up starring on YouTube? Stupid, stupid, stupid.


10 posted on 08/07/2009 4:37:46 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie (Survival is a Mom's Job! Check out my blog: www.thesurvivalmom.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It shutdown. I don’t know why.


11 posted on 08/07/2009 4:38:05 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Reep what the sow...

How many years (since the Grace Comission) have they stopped SSI reform?

No tears here, let them collapse under the weight of their own shell game just like GM did....

12 posted on 08/07/2009 4:40:06 PM PDT by taildragger (Palin / Mulally 2012)
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To: Brad's Gramma
No, other than the fact that the Left is smearing it, as a basic Google search would demonstrate.
13 posted on 08/07/2009 4:40:09 PM PDT by Rocko (Mymindisaragingtorrent,floodedwithrivuletsofthoughtcascadingintoawaterfallofcreativealternatives.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
That is because the AARP bosses get millions of dollars from the tax payers and will not show how much they make which is in the large millions, I stopped being with this left wing robbery organization several years ago when I learned that they collected millions from the tax payers (as a gift from the government) and made billions from their insurance.
14 posted on 08/07/2009 4:41:29 PM PDT by YOUGOTIT (I will always be a Soldier)
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To: Rocko

Video of meeting from Dallas

http://action.afa.net/videos/aarp/


15 posted on 08/07/2009 4:42:02 PM PDT by GoreNoMore
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To: ChocChipCookie

Again here is the proof

http://action.afa.net/videos/aarp/


16 posted on 08/07/2009 4:43:41 PM PDT by GoreNoMore
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m 62; Who you calling an old geezer. Wife n I both cut up our aarp cards and mailed back. I never went along with their political agenda.


17 posted on 08/07/2009 4:45:06 PM PDT by JamesA (He who hesitates is lost.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I had my car insurance with Hartford which I got through AARP. I called today and canceled my 3 car policy. I was asked twice why I was leaving Hartford, I told them, “that I could not allow AARP to get one more dime of our hard earned money with them pushing Obama’s health care.”

A very nice and professional lady told me that they have never experienced so many phone calls and cancellations as they are now on the health care issue, or any other issue.

It looks like the bear is being awakened!

18 posted on 08/07/2009 4:46:33 PM PDT by c21sac
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To: JamesA

Whoa there, FRiend! I didn’t call anybody anything...


19 posted on 08/07/2009 4:46:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (If we're an Empire, why are Cuba, Iraq, Philippines, Japan & Germany independent?)
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To: nascarnation
AARP tells people that there are hundreds of billions of dollars in the Social Security “trust fund”. If that’s not enough to make you suspicious about the organization, you probably voted for Baraq.

I never paid any attention to this organization. But I think they are definitely a shill for the Democratic party.

20 posted on 08/07/2009 4:47:19 PM PDT by stripes1776 ("That if gold rust, what shall iron do?" --Chaucer)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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21 posted on 08/07/2009 4:47:41 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Brad's Gramma

Try this one...

http://www.americanseniors.org/Pages/home.aspx?Images=/images/index_new.gif


22 posted on 08/07/2009 4:48:51 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Obama Cancels War on Terrorism to Focus on War on Americans ~~ JammieWearingFool)
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To: c21sac

People need to realize this war is about money, keep your eye on the money because there’s probably more coming down the pike with the Federal Reserve’s year end September 30th.

Notice what happened last year, look for what may happen again this year. Will there be another bailout? They got bonuses to pay.


23 posted on 08/07/2009 4:49:08 PM PDT by GoreNoMore
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To: Brad's Gramma
The Seniors Coalition has been around a long time- Googled here. I HAD to throw in that last one in bold.

# The Seniors Coalition Non-partisan, education and issue advocacy organization that represents the interests and concerns of America's senior citizens. www.senior.org/ - Cached - Similar

# About The Seniors Coalition The Seniors Coalition is the nation's leading free-market senior education and advocacy organization with a membership of more than 4 million seniors. ... www.senior.org/About/ - Cached - Similar Show more results from www.senior.org

# StealthPacs.org | Overview of Seniors Coalition Jun 3, 2004 ... The Seniors Coalition is one of three purported senior citizen advocacy organizations, along with United Seniors Association and 60 Plus ... www.stealthpacs.org/profile.cfm?org_id=39 - Cached - Similar

# Senior Coalition - SourceWatch Aug 11, 2008 ... The Seniors Coalition is a front group founded with the support of right-wing direct mail specialist Richard Viguerie, financed by the ... www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Senior_Coalition -

24 posted on 08/07/2009 4:51:10 PM PDT by Mark (Don't argue with my posts. I typed while under sniper fire..)
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To: c21sac
If they are still located in Hartford, they must be putting something in the water. Western Mass and Northeastern CT, are the most Barron for Talk radio in the US IMHO.

They are good people, but at the center of the cradle of liberty, they are ignorant of their birthright. It is heartbreaking.

25 posted on 08/07/2009 4:51:10 PM PDT by taildragger (Palin / Mulally 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

USA Next start around 2005 but it died. GAY sued them and the left hit them hard. I wish they could start again.


26 posted on 08/07/2009 4:52:04 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Obama's lies make Bill Clinton's lie small)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Let's face facts about AARP - It is simply a marketing arm for a host of less than stellar products and services. The ‘Leadership’ deals for their own accounts. Not unlike some TV preachers who manage to grow very wealthy on the backs of their members.
27 posted on 08/07/2009 4:54:42 PM PDT by TCats
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I worked for AARP for seven years. I found the management to be a group of ex social workers and wannabee elitists. I got fired for leaking the NY Times that they had lied about the profitability of their magazine to a NY Times reporter (the truth being that neither of their publications — AARP Magazine and the Bulletin — have made a profit in over thirty years.


28 posted on 08/07/2009 4:54:57 PM PDT by AdaGray (uw)
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To: dixiechick2000

Thanks for the link.


29 posted on 08/07/2009 4:56:05 PM PDT by Rocko (Mymindisaragingtorrent,floodedwithrivuletsofthoughtcascadingintoawaterfallofcreativealternatives.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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30 posted on 08/07/2009 5:07:19 PM PDT by B-Cause (It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.)
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To: Quickgun
" been getting their mail to join for about 5 years. Works good, save it for winter to start the fireplace with. "

I hear ya! Someone should report them to the environmentalist for wasting paper sending out their damned flyers.

I'd never join a group that is selling out my country for a few dollars off on motel rooms, insurance, and restaurant meals. I think AARP stands for Anti-American Rats Personified.
31 posted on 08/07/2009 5:08:54 PM PDT by FrankR (We are only enslaved to the extent of charity we receive....INCUMBENTS OUT!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I'm a member of AARP for insurance purposes, but I loath the leadership. Most people that are members of AARP don't join because they agree with the leadership's political activism, so when the AARP suggests that they represent a large membership, they actually don't. It is all smoke and mirrors. The leadership speaks for no one but itself. It is a despicable organization.
32 posted on 08/07/2009 5:10:27 PM PDT by Nosterrex
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All

AARP people, you would just croak if you knew the special interests groups AARP funds every year with your dues.

You’ve been used. Don’t believe ANYTHING they tell you.

AARP uses your dollars to fund the likes of:

MALDEF - Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund

AARP says: “”Anybody who looks at immigration has to look at aging,” says Harry R. Moody, director of academic affairs at AARP. “First, immigration affects the age structure of society” by adding younger members to the population, he says. “Second, the people who do hands-on care work are immigrants. Look at our nursing homes! We have an image of people picking tomatoes — that’s not the whole story. Immigrants are the front-line caregivers.”
http://www.maldef.org/truthinimmigration/camarota_asks_how_many_americans09072008/index.html

& http://www.americanpatrol.com/MALDEF/Contributors-2002-2003.html (Fannie Mae gives to them, too!)

AARP also contributes to LULAC

La Raza
http://www.nclr.org/section/awards
http://michellemalkin.com/2008/04/03/the-left-wing-mortgage-counseling-racket/

And from AARP’s ‘Latino’ magazine....
http://www.aarpsegundajuventud.org/english/presence/index.html

Meet AARP’s New CEO: A. Barry Rand

A. Barry Rand, chairman of the Board of Trustees at Howard University and a nationally recognized agent for social change, has been tapped as AARP’s new chief executive officer. He will become the organization’s first African American CEO when he assumes the position in April.

AARP Welcomes Jacob Lozada

AARP Board member Jacob Lozada gives AARP Segunda Juventud readers his perspective on issues facing U.S. Hispanics and how he hopes to boost AARP’s profile in his native Puerto Rico.

AND AARP works hand in hand with the SEIU. They are the ones formulating the legislation that the dems are pushing.

“– AARP, Business Roundtable and SEIU, which together represent more than 50 million Americans, today took another groundbreaking step for their “Divided We Fail” group by jointly delivering endorsed principles for health information technology (IT) legislation to Congress.

http://www.businessroundtable.org/press_release/aarp_business_roundtable_and_seiu_deliver_endorsed_health_it_principles_congress


33 posted on 08/07/2009 5:19:44 PM PDT by AuntB (Tired of Left/right coast globalist party power brokers? How 'bout THE HEARTLAND AMERICA PARTY??)
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To: dixiechick2000; Brad's Gramma

Someone on FR told me yesterday to check out this organization that Pat Boone is involved with.

http://www.60plus.org/

“Tell Congress: Don’t pay for health care reform on the backs of our seniors”[snip]


34 posted on 08/07/2009 5:25:02 PM PDT by AuntB (Tired of Left/right coast globalist party power brokers? How 'bout THE HEARTLAND AMERICA PARTY??)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
AARP must have been hit hard with cancellations. I received an email today from N.C. AARP stating they did not endorse Obamacare but only promoted a few specific matters listed that if Obamacare goes through want included. They spelled several other things under “facts vs myths.”

I replied that they were wrong as the WH and in Congress they have been referred to as an endorsement.

Yes, we have canceled our membership.

35 posted on 08/07/2009 5:39:47 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: nascarnation
I called and canceled tonight and told them they are embarrassing to America. I said the girl in the Dallas video embarrassed them and the link on their site to SEUI was an offensive link especially to the thugs that beat up the people in St. Louis. I asked for a refund, which is very minimal, and they now say that the money goes to help senior centers. I guess the flood of calls has caused a little cash crunch. Call them and beat them up unmercifully. It feels good to do so. I will also send back and postage paid envelope to anyone that uses their list, EMPTY. Or I'll put in a note saying I don't back communism.
36 posted on 08/07/2009 5:43:14 PM PDT by bfree (Obamie the Commie-- FBO)
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To: c21sac

Very good to hear. Perhaps sending cancelled policies in the mail to AARP might be another way to get their attention.


37 posted on 08/07/2009 6:00:21 PM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt (Obama's Deathcare ---- many will suffer and/or die unnecessarily.)
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To: nascarnation

They have been trying to get me to join for 20 years...That shithole company couldn’t offer enough perks for me to give my money to a leftist org.


38 posted on 08/07/2009 6:02:17 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: AdaGray

Thanks for that info. More facts.


39 posted on 08/07/2009 6:02:23 PM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt (Obama's Deathcare ---- many will suffer and/or die unnecessarily.)
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To: bfree

I cancelled yesterday. Kimd of remods me when I lived in WV and the mandatory contributions were requested (United Way). Well, the national YWCA went on a tirade against the 2nd Amendment and they couldn’t raise a penny. Local chapters had to disassociate themselves from the gun issue. Too late, damage done, try again next year.

Several top officials saw the end of their careers. I personally got strong-armed by three of my bosses.


40 posted on 08/07/2009 6:04:36 PM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt

The number to call is 1-888-687-2277. Ask for membership.
Tell them how embarrassing they are with the assoications they have. Tell them their fact page is full of errors and they obviously haven’t read the bill and you find it shocking. give them hell!!


41 posted on 08/07/2009 6:19:27 PM PDT by bfree (Obamie the Commie-- FBO)
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To: bfree

Thanks for that info. Storing it for a week day call.


42 posted on 08/07/2009 6:24:29 PM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt (Obama's Deathcare ---- many will suffer and/or die unnecessarily.)
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To: AuntB; Rocko

Thank you, AuntB!
I didn’t know about this one!

Rocko...here’s another one that looks very good.

http://www.60plus.org/


43 posted on 08/07/2009 6:36:24 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Obama Cancels War on Terrorism to Focus on War on Americans ~~ JammieWearingFool)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A.F.T.

“About Effing Time”


44 posted on 08/07/2009 6:44:07 PM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt

Try tonight, I think they are still answering.


45 posted on 08/07/2009 6:44:27 PM PDT by bfree (Obamie the Commie-- FBO)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I got a email from AARP saying my U.S.Rep voted against the House bill and I should contact him and chew on his ass. I told these turds that I was proud my Rep. voted against a bill that was not in the best interest of the elderly and they would never get another dime out of me.
46 posted on 08/07/2009 6:45:14 PM PDT by kempo
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To: bfree

Just called - did not go to the live person - but heard that if I was calling about the healthcare reform issue I should go to their website and post comments there!!!

They must have received a ton of complaints already. I hope so.


47 posted on 08/07/2009 6:48:36 PM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt (Obama's Deathcare ---- many will suffer and/or die unnecessarily.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

All they need to do is quite AARP.

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


48 posted on 08/07/2009 6:53:38 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt

Let the stupid pre recorded crap play and wait, then it asks what you are calling for-say membership, then you get a live person.


49 posted on 08/07/2009 6:55:36 PM PDT by bfree (Obamie the Commie-- FBO)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; nascarnation; Parley Baer; Jemian; Rocko; Brad's Gramma; Quickgun; ...
Here’s a video of the Dallas AARP “Town Hall”. http://dallas.conservativemuse.com/2009/08/07/even-aarp-members-object-to-obamacare/
50 posted on 08/07/2009 6:56:10 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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