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AARP’s decision to drop its opposition to cutting Social Security benefits sparks praise...

AARP’s decision to drop its opposition to cutting Social Security benefits sparks praise and protest. Now that AARP has opened the door to reform, lawmakers may decide to walk through it... but they could just as easily cower from criticism that they're "selling out seniors."
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  • montanamark
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    gee - maybe because this left wing advocacy organization is losing
    members left and right

     

    should be change to Oaarp - take a guess
    17 Jun 2011, 05:43 PM Reply Like
  • The Geoffster
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    The social security Ponzi Scheme is collapsing. So too will Medicare which spends billions on seniors to extend the final two years of their lives. Palliative care only for seniors with terminal illnesses is not far away.
    17 Jun 2011, 06:41 PM Reply Like
  • KJP712
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    They are finally facing reality.If you never retire why do you need them?
    17 Jun 2011, 09:32 PM Reply Like
  • 7footMoose
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    These programs were established as safety nets and they have devolved into benefit packages for faithful voters.
    18 Jun 2011, 05:58 AM Reply Like
  • Peter Bermel
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    AARP recently sent out a press release entitled, "AARP has NOT changed position on Social Security." An excerpt:

     

    "Contrary to the misleading characterization in a recent media story, AARP has not changed its position on Social Security... AARP strongly opposed a privatization plan in 2005, and continues to oppose this approach, because it would eliminate the guarantee that Social Security provides and reduce benefits, and we are currently fighting proposals to cut Social Security to pay the nation's bills."

     

    There appears to have been some sort of mistake here.
    18 Jun 2011, 11:16 AM Reply Like
  • Poor Texan
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    Yes. Somebody spoke the truth and the firestorm was immediate. So it was 'misinterpreted' or someone 'misspoke'. I dropped out of AARP 15 years ago as I saw them as just another self-promoting special interest group.
    18 Jun 2011, 12:36 PM Reply Like
  • Bear Bait
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    I don't totally understand this. My understanding is that Social Security is a future problem and isn't currently contributing to the deficit. Why are we talking about something 10 to 20 yrs away when we have so many pressing issues that are happening now as this is being written and read. Are the people in the flooded areas of Missouri and Iowa worried about next years rain? I don't think so.
    18 Jun 2011, 12:57 PM Reply Like
  • woollyB
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    Last year SS paid out more in benefits than it took in, and the future outlook has been downwardly revised numerous times in recent years. It's an issue now because the problem is growing exponentially, not linearly, with a large generation of baby boomers who haven't saved anything for retirement.

     

    I would say we can't afford to wait 10 or 20 years to deal with SS, but people said the same thing 10 and 20 years ago. Nobody really knows how long a Ponzi scheme can last until it collapses. And Social Security is a Ponzi scheme that would make Madoff blush.
    18 Jun 2011, 01:21 PM Reply Like
  • a fat panda
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    Not to worry, they have already backed-away from the original message. Now it is what it was. Don't touch our benefits. Cut the benefits of someone else.
    18 Jun 2011, 08:50 PM Reply Like
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