Another sign that the AARP is driven by politics is that it has stumbled into that common pitfall of partisan advocates — hypocrisy. In one of its ads it has a couple saying of investing in the stock market: "If we feel like gambling, we'll play the slots." This from an organization that offers its members the opportunity to invest in 38 separate mutual funds. To date, the AARP doesn't encourage its members to play Internet poker or slots on its website, a sign that it doesn't truly consider investing equivalent to gambling.Puhleeeese. Give. Me. A. Break. Rich Lowry must either be stupid, or he must think his readers are stupid. It is not hypocrisy for AARP on the one hand to offer its members discount stock market/mutual fund sales & services, and to oppose privatization of Social Security on the other. One is discretionary. The other would be mandatory. Big difference. And what of USA Next's horrible attack ad?
[It's] riding a wave of publicity from its (rather ham-fisted) attack on the AARP on the issue of gay marriage (an AARP affiliate in Ohio opposed an anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment in the state).And, I guess, therein lies AARP's liberal agenda? I mean, seriously, can someone explain to me AARP's supposed "liberal agenda" beyond its opposition to SocSec privatization and the preceding paragraph? I didn't think so. It's all made up. Unless 10% off at Comfort Inn is "liberal". It's a consumer advocacy group where the consumers are all over 50. An AARP chapter in Ohio opposed the anti-marriage amendment in Ohio, because they thought the wording of the measure was too vague, and might affect heterosexual relationships. The Bush attack machine is all about lying, manipulation, paid propaganda, a complete divorce from facts and reality, and getting the right-wing echo chamber to parrot it all. So go ahead, dittohead seniors, and join USA Next. Their agenda is directed from Washington, and paid for by big pharma. Sounds like they're really looking out for you. What does the treasonous AARP get its ideas, you ask? AARP's policies are determined not by the staff in Washington, D.C., but by AARP members. George W. Bush predicted the insolvency of Social Security by 1988. He was wrong then, and he's wrong now. Glad they've changed the tone.