AARP Backs Down on Supporting Benefit Cuts

By: Monday November 19, 2012 8:35 am

This is what a grassroots victory looks like. Last year when President Obama was trying to get a deficit deal that would significantly cut social safety net benefits, AARP was giving him cover. Now after receiving too much blowback, AARP is no longer supporting cuts.


Reid Says “We’re Not Going to Mess With Social Security”

By: Thursday November 8, 2012 12:59 pm

Harry Reid said brusquely “We’re not going to mess with Social Security.” Chuck Schumer agreed with him, though his comment included a heavy amount of wiggle room.

Changing the Subject Doesn’t Make Payday Lending in PA a Better Idea

By: Sunday October 7, 2012 7:00 pm

As we’ve explained before — and as the U.S. military, U.S. Congress, and former President George W. Bush have all agreed — payday loans are a debt trap that further impoverishes low-income families, driving more of them into bankruptcy. Pennsylvania should leave in place the strong regulations that make use of payday loans much less common here than nationally.

Obama Re-Endorses Raising Social Security Payroll Tax Cap

By: Sunday September 23, 2012 8:10 am

While many chuckle over Paul Ryan getting booed at the AARP conference – and sure, that is funny – President Obama actually made some news in his appearance. Because it’s a year divisible by four, he returned to a progressive idea on Social Security that he endorsed in his last campaign.

Mitt’s Veep Is Paul Ryan: NBC

By: Friday August 10, 2012 9:44 pm

Interrupting Olympics coverage with a Chuck Todd Special Report, NBC announced tomorrow’s 8:45am Eastern time announcement by Mitt Romney is that Wisconsin Congressman and House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan will run as his Vice-Presidential nominee.

Bill Keller Wants to Take Away Your Social Security and Is Either Too Ignorant or Dishonest to Acknowledge that He Is Not a Typical Baby Boomer

By: Monday July 30, 2012 8:00 am

The effort by the rich to take away Social Security keeps building momentum. Today Bill Keller urges his fellow baby boomers to admit they’ve created an entitlements debt crisis and agree to accept benefit cuts demanded by the rich.

Large Coalition Fights Trigger Cuts to Discretionary Budget

By: Sunday July 15, 2012 8:35 am

In the first sign that the battle is being joined against the automatic trigger cuts on the discretionary and not just the defense side of the ledger, 3,000 organizations have banded together in a giant coalition to oppose the measures.

AARP Listens to Members; Drops Falsely-Limited Survey on Future of Social Security & Medicare Benefits

By: Friday June 8, 2012 10:50 am

After pressure from activists from Firedoglake, the National Organization for Women, CREDO Action and Social Security Works, the AARP has listened to its membership and dropped its narrow survey on the future of Social Security and Medicare.

How AARP Can REALLY Help Seniors and Retirees

By: Tuesday April 10, 2012 3:30 pm

In response to AARP’s narrow questionnaire and possible leanings toward supporting benefit cuts, Firedoglake has teamed up with CREDO Action, National Organization for Women, Social Security Works and other organizations to launch our own version of the AARP’s “You’ve Earned a Say” survey, slightly modified to be more precise and more inclusive of all views on the future of Social Security and Medicare. Please take a moment to take the survey.

The Survey AARP Doesn’t Want You to See

By: Thursday April 5, 2012 2:52 pm

I previously wrote about how the survey accompanying AARP’s “You’ve Earned a Say” listening tour does not provide members with an adequate opportunity to voice their opinions on the future of their Social Security and Medicare benefits.

If you’re an AARP member, it’s obvious why this is a problem, but if you’re not a member, consider the fact that AARP is the nation’s largest elderly advocate with over 40 million members. AARP’s insurance arm rakes in billions each year and they do quite well off kickbacks from business partners. AARP routinely meets with Washington elite, many of whom support benefit cuts, and spent $15 million on lobbying in 2011 alone – a particularly ‘light’ year for them if you look at their history.

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