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SOCIAL SECURITY: AARP is out of touch

Letter by Michael Good, Tacoma on June 20, 2011 at 10:26 am | 10 Comments »
June 20, 2011 2:31 pm

Re: “Activists criticize AARP over Social Security” (TNT, 6-18).

So, AARP has decided that it is more important to foist itself into the fracas no matter its position than to really lobby for the senior citizens of this country.

AARP feels that it is inevitable that there will be reductions in Social Security benefits so it wants to be a part of the discussion. What a sleazy, spineless position to take when there is no reason to back down from a position that is morally and legally correct.

Congress is the entity that began stealing from the Social Security trust fund in order to try to balance budgets many budgets ago. The trust fund, left alone, would be healthy and thriving. Now, however, we are to believe that the shortfall in the trust fund is part of the problem.

Who is crazier? Those who propose that argument or those who believe it?

AARP is abandoning its constituency, and why is a mystery. There is no concrete reason to stop the fight to eliminate the cap on Social Security contributions and fight for reductions in meaningful budget areas such as defense, congressional expenses and benefits, and government bureaucracy as a whole.

I truly hope there is a huge groundswell on the part of the 37 million senior citizens to help AARP see the error of its ways or to eliminate the organization as a player in the national arena.

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