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Sunday, January 09, 2005


Most of you reading this are probably not old enough to become members of the AARP (American Association of Retired Persons); nevertheless, you should pay attention to their lobbying efforts, along with those of CARP, the Canadian Associaton of Retired Persons.

Their basic premise is, "We don't care about future generations. We're gonna lobby for as much as we can get now, for us, 'cuz we're gonna be dead in not too many years."

Here is a very informative posting about them.

The nonprofit group has an operating budget of nearly $800 million, without parallel in Washington. AARP also makes millions from royalties, investments and sales of insurance policies and prescription drugs.
like for-profit corporations, lawyers, doctors and magazines -- the AARP can only endure by keeping their current customers/clients/patients/subscribers/members and acquiring new ones. In the AARP's case, they choose to do so by peddling lies and fear.

The AARP is a huge lobbying force to be reckoned with. If you are young and/or are concerned for future generations, be prepared to fight the AARP's short-sightedness.

I am old enough to have seen AARP's literature for many many years. I care enough about the welfare of my children and grandchildren to think the AARP is evil.
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