February 26, 2005

AARP’s Favorite Blogger

Filed under: Soc. Sec. & Retirement — Tom @ 7:44 pm

March 3 update–AARP has removed its links to other blogs.

AARP has had a Social Security web log for a couple of months now. It is predictably against any meaningful changes to the system, never mind that if it cranks along as it has it will send us the way of the unsustainable systems in France, Italy, and Germany.


What’s odd (maybe not) is that the number one site listed on its blogroll is none other than The Daily Kos, whose owner infamously wrote the following in reaction to the murder and hanging of American contractors in Iraq in April 2004 (link is to Little Green Footballs):

That said, I feel nothing over the death of
mercenaries. They aren’t in Iraq because of orders,
or because they are there trying to help the
people make Iraq a better place.
They are there to wage war for profit.
Screw them.

Others listed on AARP’s blogroll include Donkey Rising, The Left Coast, and other sites clearly associated with, if not funded, by the Democrat Party (“Kos” himself is a Democrat political operative who was a technical consultant to the Dean campaign and assisted several other candidates).

What’s wrong with all this? In principle, nothing. Of course AARP can associate with whomever they wish, even people who don’t mind seeing American noncombatants killed and hung by terrorists.

But don’t you think it would be a good idea for AARP to stop pretending?:
(bold and underline added)

With over 35 million members, AARP
is the leading nonprofit, nonpartisan
membership organization for people age 50
and over in the United States.

Uh huh.

UPDATE: To be clear–Yes, I’m aware that AARP supported the Republican Medicare prescription drug plan. No, I don’t think they should have been involved in that either, and they shouldn’t have been involved in supporting the Canadian-style “single-payer” health-care system that was proposed in the early 90s.

In all three cases of political advocacy (SocSec privatization, Medicare prescription drugs, and nationalized health care), AARP has pretended to represent its 35 million members. In all three cases, those pretenses are false.

If AARP wants to get behind a political cause, it should separately solicit its members, put the money aside separately, spend it separately, and make it clear to everyone that in putting their political weight behind a cause, they are NOT speaking for all of their members.

And as you can see from the original post, AARP would be well-advised to be careful about whom they associate with.

UPDATE 2: A return visit to AARP’s site on the morning of March 3 reveals that they have taken down their external links. Good for them, but how those links ever got there in the first place reveals a lot about where their loyalties lie.


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