Friday, June 17, 2011

AARP Tells Our Generation to Suck It

AARP went from being the nice old folks that help to keep the interests of our elderly properly represented in national and state government to the enemy of all middle-class Americans today.  An AARP spokesman said that the group would not be opposed to cuts in Social Security benefits as reported in this Wall Street Journal article today.
Association for the Advancement of Rich People



I know that virtually everyone that visits this site is far too young to spend any time thinking about retirement but damn it this is actually important for you.  Just think of your future.  It was once the case that when you turned 65 the government would send you a check in the mail because you're old and you can't be expected to heft boxes around a warehouse all day.


[I would insert a photo of Randy (Robin) "The Ram" Robinson lugging boxes around the back of a supermarket here to illustrate my point but apparently the only things worthy of other people taking the time to screen cap from The Wrestler are shots of Mickey Rourke's long haired character in the ring and Marisa Tomei as Cassidy "I'm not important enough to rate being given a last name in the script" in various states of undress... sweet, sweet Marisa Tomei...]


Demonstrating another profession one should not be engaged in 
after 65

These days, Social Security benefits don't kick in until you turn 67, which is shitty considering that guys on average only live to be 75.  Now that AARP's lobbyists are likely going to turn down the pressure on politicians to avoid cuts to Social Security, the age when retirement benefits kick in might jump to 68 or 69, which mean Randy is going to have to drag his arthritic bones to the top rope for four more years of Ram Jams and Cassidy is going to have to do the only thing a female sex worker in her sixties can do: shove her aching feet into clear heels for four more years of starring in the matinee performance of a traveling donkey show (On a related note, I hope the violence in Mexico subsides soon so that I can feel comfortable visiting Tijuana again).


In the New York Times article on this subject, the spokesman for AARP made it clear that they don't want to screw over their current members, they only want to sell out future old people- you know- people like us.
He [the AARP spokesperson] made clear in an interview that the group’s willingness to discuss cuts comes with conditions: Reductions in benefits should be “minimal,” they should not affect current recipients and instead should be directed “far off in the future,” and they should be offset by increases in revenue.
I say our politicians should be looking to defend the interests of middle class Americans by repealing the Bush era tax cuts on the ultra wealthy instead of forcing the majority of Americans to be screwed out of their retirement.


TL;DR: The wealthy in America are robbing the rest of us blind.

19 comments:

  1. insightful post, laughed at the image caption!

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  2. Yea, young people really need to start early or they'll be sol since SS will be gone by the time we're old.

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  3. It's ok, we'll just give em what they want until they take a nap then take it back. they won't remember

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  4. You seeem to neglect the fact that medicin is advanceing at a very very fast rate . By the time the average 20 year old is 65 Medicin will be so far advanced you will live to be 110 years old on average. AND you will probably be in good enough shape to work till age 90. Technology and Medical advances will stave off old age, and you will probably die in some accident before you have to retire.

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  5. They need to wake up and start supporting the people, how can people tolerate this !@#$

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  7. The biggest lie is the "current" supposed economic crisis. The economy already recovered in 2009, and the $14 trillion deficit is only a scaling up of needs to match the technological and population boom. The repubs only want to roll everything back to 2007 because they don't have the senate.

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  8. If you're like me and old enough to join AARP, you're suspicious of their sending out unnecessary frequent reminders to subscribe. Already somewhat memory impaired, elders who don't pay attention could send in the cards paying for joining until they're 101 years old.

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  9. I plan on working until I'm dead.

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  10. I completely agree with your last line. It's so depressing that I try not to think about it too much but it is very important.

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  11. Yeah i won't be holding my breath for any benefits when the time comes. Your gonna have to save and invest on your own terms, even though we still have to pay social security.

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