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 AARP   says  Good Morning Retirees!

Pay No Attention to the Wall Street Journal Article.


         The nation’s most powerful senior’s group telling the Wall Street Journal it was ready to deal on cutting Social Security benefits. The AARP’s policy chief John Rother admitting “some of our members will no doubt be upset.”

         If AARP was supporting retiree benefits, then they would have no need to make this statement.  Something is afoot, eh!  Oh, yeah.  Maybe congress can just raise the retirement age to 85 and we are good to go for a long period of time with no effect on Social Security benefits. Really?

        So upset were it’s members that within hours, the AARP was insisting this was always their position.  Sure it was! And, I have a Bridge to sell you!!  I am not even sure AARP spokesperson, Betty White could pull this little tidbit out of the ashes.

Betty White with the AARP "LOOK"

   And, the Man Behind the Curtain now says – AARP has not changed its position.

Here is the explanation direct from the AARP blog.   Share how your thoughts about AARP’s position.

          I’m sure many of you have seen the Wall Street Journal article from this morning (“Key Seniors Association Pivots on Benefit Cut”). This is a misleading characterization. Read AARP’s CEO A. Barry Rand’s response below:
“Let me be clear – AARP is as committed as we’ve ever been to fighting to protect Social Security for today’s seniors and strengthening it for future generations. Contrary to the misleading characterization in a recent media story, AARP has not changed its position on Social Security.
        “First, we are currently fighting some proposals in Washington to cut Social Security to reduce a deficit it did not cause. Social Security should not be used as a piggy bank to solve the nation’s deficit. Any changes to this lifeline program should happen in a separate, broader discussion and make retirement more secure for future generations, not less.
“Our focus has always been on the human impact of changes, not just the budget tables. Which is why, as we have done numerous times over the last several decades, AARP is engaging our volunteer Board to evaluate any proposed changes to Social Security to determine how each might – individually or in different combinations – impact the lives of current and future retirees given the constantly changing economic realities they face.
       “Second, we have maintained for years – to our members, the media and elected officials – that long term solvency is key to protecting and strengthening Social Security for all generations, and we have urged elected officials in Washington to address the program’s long-term challenges in a way that’s fair for all generations.
“It has long been AARP’s policy that Social Security should be strengthened to provide adequate benefits and that it is sufficiently financed to ensure solvency with a stable trust fund for the next 75 years. It has also been a long-held position that any changes would be phased in slowly, over time, and would not affect any current or near term beneficiaries.
“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.
       “Social Security is a critically important issue for our members, their families and Americans of all ages, especially at a time when many will have less retirement security than previous generations with fewer pensions, less savings and rising health care costs. And, as we have been for decades, we will continue to protect this bedrock of lifetime financial security for all generations of Americans.”
       So there you have it. We remain committed as ever to fighting harmful cuts to Social Security (and Medicare).

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