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.
|By: Jane Hamsher 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.
|By: Dean Baker Monday July 11, 2011 6:32 am|
Usually it is the politicians who use euphemisms to try to conceal the impact of their policies. However, the Washington Post decided to help them along in a front page article when it twice referred to Social Security “changes” that could be part of the budget agreement.
Of course “changes” don’t reduce the deficit unless they are cuts. President Obama and the congressional leadership were discussing plans to cut Social Security. These cuts are likely to be very unpopular, so it is likely that they would rather have the public not realize that they were debating cuts to Social Security.
|By: Jane Hamsher Saturday October 3, 2009 12:45 pm|
In Andrews’ own words, he doesn’t want to “paint himself into a corner” by saying he’ll vote against a bill that “put[s] the American people through five more years of exploding health care costs where they’re at the mercy of the insurance industry.”
Andrews is in a D+12 district. That’s going to go over really well in 2010.