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.

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