AARP Supports Cuts in Social Security Benefits. Wait, What?

 " AARP now has concluded that change is inevitable, and it wants to be at the table to try to minimize the pain." 

So writes Laura Meckler at the Wall Street Journalthis morning, on the AARP's decision to endorse benefit cuts in Social Security. 

Former Senator Alan Simpson, he of Obama's deficit commission, told the Journal, “If they come around and say they’re ready to do something, it will be like the Arctic icecap cracking.”

That icecap may be cracking, but there are plenty out there who don't at all see the need to "compromise" and cut benefits, particularly before negotiations even get started.

Eric Kingson, professor and former adviser to Barack Obama on Social Security, blogs at FireDogLake that it's time for him to burn his AARP card. 

 From an organizational maintenance perspective I suppose it is expected that AARP would, first and foremost, function to protect its many institutional and corporate interests. Still, it’s unfortunate to see the “800 pound Gorilla” of aging organizations play such a cautious and stand-offish game. While I would prefer to believe otherwise, it seems to me that, on balance AARP places much more value on its ability to be an inside player and to maintain its reputation as a deal maker than it does on the needs of older Americans.

AlterNet / By Sarah Jaffe

Posted at June 17, 2011, 6:20am

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