Call AARP: Stop the E Street Exchange!

By: Tuesday March 27, 2012 10:58 am

This evening, well-known Social Security opponents will meet with AARP CEO Barry Rand for a private, off-the-record ‘salon’ known as the “E Street Exchange.” Whether or not you’re an AARP member or retired, you should be deeply concerned about these events, because what AARP eventually decides to do will set the tone for debate on Social Security and Medicare going forward. We can’t wait for the outcome of the E Street Exchange to act – we need to make our voices heard right now, and demand AARP end the back-room strategy sessions to prepare the weasel words and misleading data points to advance benefit cuts.


What Does “Strengthening Social Security” Mean to AARP Members?

By: Thursday March 22, 2012 2:30 pm

On both sides of the debate over the social safety net, we often see the term ‘strengthening Social Security’ tossed around.

This phrase means different things to different people. As the majority of Americans support expanding benefits, to them it likely means taking a strong position against any cuts or changes that negatively impact their benefits.

But to understand what that phrase means to Wall Street, the US Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable is a very different story.

Tell AARP CEO Barry Rand to End Back-Room Strategy Sessions With Safety Net Opponents

By: Friday March 16, 2012 1:47 pm

The Huffington Post reports that AARP CEO Barry Rand is inviting outspoken safety net opponents to an “off-the-record, salon style” meeting on March 27th on the future of social security, called The E Street Exchange.

The guest list includes US Chamber of Commerce Tom Donohue, Merrill Lynch Executive Harold Ford Jr., former MI Gov. John Engler from the Business Rountable for corporate CEO’s and others who have gone on record repeatedly in favor of benefit cuts to critical programs like Social Security and Medicare.

Once again, AARP is working behind the scenes to build support for benefit cuts while masquerading about as an ardent defender of the safety net to its massive, dues-paying membership.

This is outrageous, and AARP should immediately call off the event and disavow this shameful attempt to throw its weight behind benefit cuts. Firedoglake is demanding AARP CEO Barry Rand cancel the E Street Exchange and end back-room strategy sessions with prominent social safety net opponents.

Shorter AARP: We’ll Analyze the Bill Until After It’s Passed

By: Monday August 1, 2011 11:50 am

If Congress splits town after they pass this bill, maybe we can all celebrate by reviving the “burn your AARP card” party. We’re certainly going to keep it alive, so that when the cuts start coming or seniors don’t get their cost-of-living increases, they’ll know who to blame.

Supporting Social Security Benefit Cuts: What’s In It For AARP?

By: Thursday June 30, 2011 8:53 am

No company takes on this kind of brand damage for nothing. AARP’s support for benefit cuts is a stalking horse. And they would not be doing this unless a) it was already in the works, and b) they expected something in return.

Then again, maybe they already got it.

AARP Email Admits They’re Open to Cutting Social Security (again)

By: Friday June 24, 2011 11:30 am

What’s important to note is that AARP says it opposes cuts to Social Security as part of discussions on how to reduce the deficit. Notice they don’t say anything about opposing cuts to Social Security anywhere else — only where it pertains to deficit reduction. That’s a pretty weak defense, if you ask me.

Dear AARP: Enough With the Weasel Words. Will You or Won’t You?

By: Thursday June 23, 2011 8:07 am

If AARP is really opposed to cutting Social Security benefits as part of a “grand bargain” to reduce the deficit, you’d think they’d come right out and say it. Instead, they’re just recycling all of President Obama’s weasel-word tactics about “supporting” the public option (and we all know how well that worked out).

AARP’s Years of Support for Social Security Cuts

By: Thursday June 23, 2011 6:29 am

The Wall Street Journal recently reported the AARP will support benefit cuts to Social Security. The AARP responded by saying that “our position has not changed on Social Security.” That’s actually true. For years, the AARP has been open to cutting Social Security benefits. Below is the proof of AARP’s clear willingness cut Social Security.

Inside the Koch Brothers’ Expensive Echo Chamber

By: Wednesday June 22, 2011 1:30 pm

Documents and interviews unearthed in recent months by Brave New Foundation researchers illustrate a $28.4 million Koch business that has manufactured 297 commentaries, 200 reports, 56 studies and six books distorting Social Security’s effectiveness and purpose.

Together, the publications reveal a vast cottage industry comprised of Koch brothers’ spokespeople, front groups, think tanks, academics and elected officials, which have built a self-sustaining echo chamber to transform fringe ideas into popular mainstream public policy arguments.

AARP Has Been Talking for Months about Being Open to Social Security Cuts

By: Wednesday June 22, 2011 7:39 am

AARP admits they have been quietly hinting at being willing to support cuts to Social Security benefits for months.

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