I quit the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) several years ago when it endorsed the Bush pharmacy plan for Medicare that was written in total by the pharmaceutical industry. But then the group redeemed itself and supported President Obama's Affordable Health Care Act and I rejoined. Unfortunately, it now looks as though the senior citizen's advocacy group - which is basically just a vehicle to sell seniors insurance - is again throwing its members under the bus.
The Wall Street Journal, a Rupert Murdoch rag, has a front page piece saying that AARP will no longer oppose cuts in Social Security - information that the rag says it got from AARP policy director John Rother. And although AARP has now jumped into defensive mode and is saying that the Journal article is "inaccurate," the hoary old gray monstrosity is not saying "how" it is inaccurate.
Something smells mighty fishy.
Members who are as pissed as I am might be interested to know that the last time I got mad and emailed them a notice to cancel my membership, I eventually received a refund check on my dues from the organization. I will be cancelling my membership - yet again - and encourage others to consider that option as well. We may need that dues' refund to help deflect the Social Security cuts - cuts that will reach into all of our pockets.
If Social Security benefit cuts take place, what will be next? Cuts in Medicare, my friends, cuts in Medicare. Many states are also busy destroying their public employee unions in a full frontal assault that will eventually cripple the pensions of their members.
This is the conservative vision for the future of America - senior citizens living hand-to-mouth, health care only for the rich, the elimination of inheritance taxes so the wealthy can pass their fortunes on to their imbecilic offspring, tax cuts for the richest Americans and the biggest and most greedy corporations, rape victims being forced to give birth to the babies of their attackers, little girls being forced to give birth to the babies of their fathers, creationism being taught in public schools as science, an end to ethnic diversity, gays forced into re-education camps -and endless wars! It's a future more horrific that anything George Orwell could have imagined - you betcha, it is!
Open your windows, lean out into the polluted air, and yell the immortal words of Howard Beale at the top of your lungs: "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!"
And then demand that AARP refund your membership dues!