Monday, April 04, 2005

AARP - Back Home Again

The AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) is back home with the Democrats again after a brief fling with the Republicans. Traditionally, the AARP usually always supported Democrats and tried to scare senior citizens into voting for Democrats to keep their social security checks coming. The organization is ran by liberals who usually follow the party (Democrat) line.

Then something unusual happened. The AARP supported the prescription drug plan for Medicare pushed by the Republicans and President Bush because, after numerous years of Congress talking about it, this was a bill that was actually going to help senior citizens pay for their drugs. The bill passed but many Democrats were upset with the AARP for supporting anything that made President Bush look good.

Along came the privatization of social security issue which gave the AARP a chance to prove to the Democrats they were back in the party. And what a celebration there were going to have. Even though most AARP members are not even effected by the privatization plan and a large majority of younger workers want to have the ability to invest their social security benefits, the AARP is throwing millions of member's dollars into advertisements and meetings around the country to - once again - scare senior citizens into thinking that they were going to somehow lose their benefits by the Republicans putting all of their money into the risky stock market.

Needless to say, the Democratic Party is once again pleased with the AARP and all is forgiven.

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