The folks at AARP obviously knew that voters and candidates would
not go for their radical social security proposal so they did what any
self-respecting political organization would do, they
lied misrepresented it. The Wall Street Journal exposes the fraud.
RedState has some good advice: Watch your wallet:
Rep. Melissa Bean (Ill.)
Bruce Braley (Iowa)
Chris Carney (Pa.)
Rep. Chet Edwards (Texas)
Phil Kellham (Va.)
Tim Mahoney (Fla.)
Harry Mitchell (Ariz.)
Ed Perlmutter (Colo.)
Patty Wetterling (Minn.)
AARP just reached the 37 million mark and they want me to be number 37 million and one. Fat chance. Dan at RedState continues:
The Journal notes that Bean (and perhaps some of the others) are now claiming they didn't realize what they were endorsing, which isn't very encouraging - I guess they just figured whatever was OK with Washington's most powerful lobbying group was fine with them. The nine are in hot water precisely because their GOP opponents did notice the tax increase proposal and wouldn't go along with it.
Will you support or oppose a balanced Social Security plan to continue the program's guaranteed benefits for future generations? Will you support or oppose using Social Security taxes to fund private accounts?
In addition to the respondent's answer, AARP helpfully provides their position as well. Using RedState's example of Rep. Melissa Bean in Illinois District 8, Bean supported it and lo and behold so did AARP. Bean's Republican opponent David McSweeney did not answer the question. (Wisely it now appears). The candidate, as well as AARP, has the opportunity for a Response after checking their answer and here is the response AARP gave:
AARP believes that a bipartisan plan that balances additional contributions from higher income workers with modest adjustments in future benefits can maintain guaranteed Social Security benefits for future generations. Private accounts that drain money out of the Social Security Trust Fund would make it harder to strengthen the program and create a mountain of new federal debt for our children and grandchildren. (my emphasis)
Millions of retired Americans (37 million to be precise) are members of AARP. Not all 37 million blindly follow AARP's liberal lead (my 84 year old Aunt is a member but only for the benefits. She does not agree with the organization politically and her votes reflect that.) No doubt, however, that more members follow AARP than don't. It is a sham organization making billions of dollars preying on the elderly, many of whom do not fully understand the issues. Here is a real life example.
My recently deceased Aunt (not the one mentioned above) was a member of AARP. Her monthly income from Social Security was under $800.00. She had some stock and received maybe $3,000. per year from the dividends. Total income under $13,000 per year. She did own her home and had no debt. She was in her seventies. Now AARP is always warning their members not to be fooled by scam artists. What they failed to warn them about was that AARP has a nice little scam of its own. We discovered that the credit card company, with AARP's name all over it, had sent my Aunt over $30,000 in checks. Who in the world would give someone with less than $13,000 annual income that much credit? She thought they were interest free, the wording I'm sure said if you paid it back by a certain date there would be no interest. And the checks kept coming, on a fairly regular basis. We tried to get her to tear them up, but she refused. Fortunately
she would just put one or more in the bank, they were in small
increments. She didn't spend the money, she would just pay it back
every month. Don't know why she did that, but thankfully she did. My
84 year old Aunt, who is still sharp as a tack, gets these checks all
the time. She tears them up. But one must assume that in many cases someone 84 years old might not have the judgment they once had. And an organization that supposedly looks out for the elderly should know better than to send checks to 84 year old people. But hey, if they cash the checks and use the money, the interest makes a nice little profit.
AARP is a money making racket. Sort of like a reverse Ponzi scheme. Everybody gets older. When one victim dies, another one gets a year older and takes his place. Any losses caused by the former will be made up by the latter.
I hate this organization and it makes me sick they have so much influence in Washington. And worse, over the elderly.
I meant to include this from the AARP website:
Your donations will not go to a political action committee. AARP is — and will always remain — 100% nonpartisan and does not donate to candidates or political parties. Nor do we support or endorse candidates.
For the record.