Join Ron Sider: Resign from AARP
The America Association of Retired People (AARP) has about 38 million members and is one of the most influential lobbies in Washington. It has done many good things for older Americans, but it has recently used its huge lobbying muscle to block some reasonable and responsible reforms to Social Security and Medicare, including asking seniors who earn more than $85,000 a year to pay an additional $50 or $100 a month for Medicare or asking seniors who earn more than $100,000 a year to pay a modest income tax on their Social Security income.
Right now, the federal government spends $4 on people over the age of 65 and $1 on children under the age of 18. Isn't that backwards? The AARP could be a strong voice for reason and intergenerational justice, but they've chosen to lobby for short-sighted, selfish gain. Join us in telling the AARP and your representative that you want reasonable reforms that will ensure the long-term fiscal health of our nation for our children and grandchildren. We've provided a sample letter – if you're not a member of the AARP, that's okay – take just a minute to tell them why you won't ever join!