The Wall Street Journal reported this morning that the AARP has officially reversed its course and will be no longer working to protect Social Security.
In a direct affront to their membership, one of the largest and most well-known advocacy groups in the country has thrown in its lot with the likes of Alan Simpson. According to the article, veteran policy advisor for AARP John Rother claimed the board of directors approved this change of stance in order to secure a seat at the bargaining table:
“The ship was sailing. I wanted to be at the wheel when that happens,” said John Rother, AARP’s long-time policy chief and a prime mover behind its change of heart.
This isn’t the first time AARP has thrown its membership – and the rest of elderly America – to the dogs. They were instrumental in the passage of George W. Bush’s Medicare part D plan which funneled million of dollars into the coffers of private insurance companies. It seems as though, despite $1.4 billion in revenue last year and immeasurable clout, AARP will do just about anything to avoid real confrontation on behalf of its members.
With over 37 million members, the AARP has an almost unparalleled obligation to protect our social contract. As long as they refuse, Firedoglake will strongly oppose AARP’s abandonment of Social Security, and continue to fight until it’s completely off the chopping block.