AARP is just a business

By June 25, 2011

AARP does not speak for me or virtually any retired or retirement-age person I know. Its stated position to consider how cuts to Social Security and Medicare should be “phased in slowly, over time, and would not affect any current or near-term beneficiaries” exposes its true agenda, which is to market its product line to those of over 50 and throw our kids under the bus to win our support.

Many of us assume that AARP is a political lobby and advocate for seniors. It is not. It is a marketing firm cloaked in senior advocacy. It has no credibility on any issue where there is a conflict of interest in products it sells or offers.  It preys on seniors who are looking for discounts on products and services.

I urge anyone who is a “member” of AARP to discontinue your relationship, search for similar discounts elsewhere and, if you recognize the need to belong to an organization that is truly dedicated to retirement-age seniors, consider the Association of Retired Americans (http://www.retiredamericans.org), who are active in real advocacy for not only retirees but for our youth and in working to guarantee them a more secure future.

That organization does not have a product line.

Dave Hart


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