"When are you going to realize? You're not part of the equation."
Today Paul Krugman of The New York Times notes:
The right wants to dismantle Social Security, a successful program that is a pillar of stability for working Americans. AARP stands in the way. So without a moment's hesitation, the usual suspects declared that this organization of staid seniors is actually an anti-soldier, pro-gay-marriage leftist front.
Another NYT article by Glen Justice earlier this week identified one of the â??suspectsâ? as the lobbying group, USA Next. Charlie Jarvis, president of USA Next, had a bit more acerbic description of the AARP â??staid seniorsâ?:
'We are going to take them on in hand-to-hand combat,' said Mr. Jarvis, who is biting in his remarks about AARP, calling the group 'stodgy, overweight, bureaucratic and out of touch.'
Stodgy? Out of touch? It seems to me that this organization is a powerful force in our culture. Just ask all those vital people nearing their fiftieth birthday. Frequent mailings from AARP are almost a rite of passage at the tender age of fifty, before those living a mere half a century can even qualify for some of their local community â??senior citizenâ? discounts.
Mr. Jarvis wants hand-to-hand combat? He should take another look. AARP is preparing its membership mentally and physically.
Top that off with continuing media exposure of slime tactics by some advertising campaigns, and well, letâ??s just say that those fifty and over arenâ??t ready to lie down and play dead, or even stupid.