March 31, 2011

The AARP: aka The Professional Left
— LauraW


According to this blockbuster report, released today by the House Ways and Means Committee, AARP’s support of ObamaCare and, specifically, the Medicare cuts was entirely rational and self-serving. The Committee found, after an 18 month investigation, that AARP stands to reap an extra billion dollars in profits from ObamaCare. (Yes, that is billion with a B.) Worse, this extra profit is largely BECAUSE of the Medicare cuts.

AARP’s members may face uncertainty over their future health care because of the cuts, but AARP faces certain windfall profits for itself.

And best of all, this is almost pure profit, because AARP does little but rent its name to others.

How do all these leftists make a fabulous income in a capitalistic society while constantly opposing it and contributing as little as possible to it?


The moral of this history lesson is this: if given power, the Professional Left becomes a danger to society and themselves. Closing down their shop will not just save the country and the economy - it will also save these "professionals" from their own kind.

Don't compromise, and never forget that their morals are crooked, their logic is flawed, their honor is stolen, their motives are corrupt, their methods are criminal, and their goal is a disaster.

They don't see themselves this way, of course; if you are a socialist, then 'working' in one of these organizations must feel like being a conscientious objector of some sort.
You get a good life while keeping at arm's length the despicable beast that provides it.

Posted by: LauraW at 07:07 AM | Comments (42)
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1 Heh.  Mark Steyn, sitting in for Rush, said it was time for Rush's kinetic broadcast operation to be turned over to foreigners.  (Sorry for jacking the thread right out of the box).

Posted by: RushBabe at March 31, 2011 07:09 AM (urYpw)

2 Or, as my Dad calls it, virtue with a Lexus.

Posted by: joncelli at March 31, 2011 07:11 AM (RD7QR)

3 Why can't we tax these billion dollar organizations at the 90% mark?  Its once of America;s greatest resources being locked up.

Posted by: Bob at March 31, 2011 07:12 AM (KuTp6)

4 Comments in above link broken?  (Or is it just me?)

Posted by: runningrn at March 31, 2011 07:13 AM (ihSHD)

5 And also, it's an argument for a drastically simplified tax code, one that eliminates these organizations in favor of, say, a flat tax on everything.

Posted by: joncelli at March 31, 2011 07:14 AM (RD7QR)

6 Screw AARP.  I'm not even elderly yet (ahem), but Beck makes the conservative AARP alternative sound good enough for me to look into.

Posted by: RushBabe at March 31, 2011 07:14 AM (urYpw)


Yummy Mark Steyn sitting in for Rush.  Full of Epic Win!



Posted by: runningrn at March 31, 2011 07:15 AM (ihSHD)

8 Hey, what happened to the Labian post?

Posted by: Waterhouse at March 31, 2011 07:15 AM (YvNBz)

9 $1 bllion in profits ... this can't stand ... I can see an ObamaCare "windfall profits" tax coming

Posted by: Porky Pig at March 31, 2011 07:15 AM (tvs2p)

10 Less than 1000 rebels =  Failure, or massive intervention by us, or both.

Posted by: FUBAR at March 31, 2011 07:16 AM (McG46)

11 AARP’s members may face uncertainty over their future health care because of the cuts, but AARP faces certain windfall profits for itself.

Screw AARP. They haven't been an organization for seniors for decades. They have been a shill for every Dem postilion available I dropped out after a few months of getting their magazine and seeing what a bunch of liberal assholes they were.

Posted by: Vic at March 31, 2011 07:17 AM (M9Ie6)

Posted by: Miss'80sBaby at March 31, 2011 07:17 AM (UO6+e)

13 Even the orgranization that's supposed to 'look out for them' is premised on the notion that old people are gullible, frightened, and manipulable.

How is AARP any different from cold-calling identity theft scammers again?

Posted by: nickless at March 31, 2011 07:18 AM (MMC8r)

14 Obama to secretly (in his dreams) throw out first ball of season. One of Barney Frank's, I've been lead to believe.

Posted by: Islamic Rage Boy at March 31, 2011 07:19 AM (tvs2p)

15 Doing well by doing good.  Sort of.

Posted by: Cicero at March 31, 2011 07:20 AM (QKKT0)

16 Andy Griffith should be shunned.

Posted by: Kensington at March 31, 2011 07:20 AM (mEyVv)

17 We'll take this one.

Posted by: The Cables at March 31, 2011 07:24 AM (9/An0)


Bwhahaha!  OT, Mark Steyn:


It's the Nancy Pelosi strategy:  "You have to fund the rebels before you find out who they are."

Posted by: runningrn at March 31, 2011 07:26 AM (ihSHD)

19 Didn't Art Linkletter start his own version of AARP?

Posted by: Ben at March 31, 2011 07:26 AM (wuv1c)

20 Thanks for that info.  As someone over 55, I get a lot of mail from these clowns.  I was always suspicious of the AARP, they always seemed to be a bit too eager to support gummint giveaways no matter what the cost to the country (like ObamaCare) but this proves that they are nothing but a bunch of lefty termites.  I'm going to start sending their envelopes back to them with a drawing of a middle finger inside.

Posted by: Buck O'Fama at March 31, 2011 07:26 AM (W72lX)

21 I hate AARP. This exposure is liable to yeild the leftists running it  a terminal bone up the butt.

Posted by: maddogg at March 31, 2011 07:27 AM (OlN4e)

22 Oops that was "arm" the rebels, not fund the rebels.

Posted by: runningrn at March 31, 2011 07:28 AM (ihSHD)

23 AARP started targeting me for membership before I turned 40. They must have thought I was a public employee to qualify for the R in AARP.

Posted by: somebody else, not me at March 31, 2011 07:29 AM (7EV/g)

I'm going to start sending their envelopes back to them with a drawing of a middle finger inside.

Tape the Business Reply Mail items to a brick before putting it in the mailbox. Help 'em spend some of that windfall cash.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at March 31, 2011 07:29 AM (9daa6)

25 Branding for profit. At least Hello Kitty has a cute cartoon cat. AARP has a legion of wrinkled epidermises and hover-rounds.

Posted by: George Orwell at March 31, 2011 07:29 AM (AZGON)


So AARP is going to make a billion dollars just for letting some insurance company use its name? Wow.

And I assume a bunch of that money will go to pay the salaries and bonuses of the bloated executive level of the organization.

What a world we live in.

Posted by: ParanoidAnxietyGirlInSeattle at March 31, 2011 07:29 AM (RZ8pf)

27 Oh, and the Repbublicans should be beating the drum to revoke AARP's tax exempt status.  Buehler?  Buehler?

Posted by: runningrn at March 31, 2011 07:30 AM (ihSHD)

28 We are changing our name to Beating Up Retired People.

Posted by: BURP, nee aarp at March 31, 2011 07:36 AM (Z1jiu)

29 Hah? Circus peanuts - ?

Posted by: AARP at March 31, 2011 07:40 AM (GdalM)


Hey, what happened to the Labian post?

I can't find it... I can't even smell it. 

Perhaps I was dreaming about it?

Posted by: Melissa Etheridge at March 31, 2011 07:41 AM (w3f8C)

31 AARP has been sending me crap since I was 21. One wonders how they determine whom is targeted by their mailings.

Posted by: Blue Falcon in Boston at March 31, 2011 07:54 AM (ijjAe)


I thought everyone knew this about AARP...

Lenny Davis purchased Colonial Penn Insurance, back aorund 1960.  He pioneered the concept of "group insurance".  And in an effort to get Colonial Penn to start paying off on his investment, he created the AARP as the "group" to which he would sell the insurance...

It was a brilliant and mastterful stroke, but I can never look at AARP without seeing that they are just the thinnest veneer between the insurance salesmen of Colonial Penn and the members of the AARP "group".

Posted by: Denny Crane at March 31, 2011 07:56 AM (nd0uY)

33 I let the AARP play with my left nutsack in Cancun once, ever since they just won't leave me alone. Kinda like the MFM always driving by my house every five minutes to see if I have another girl over.

Posted by: President Obama, lightworker, orater, and Nobel Peace Prize winner at March 31, 2011 07:59 AM (S35ta)


I hate these people. I would like to see them all cast into the sun. They are the feeble, frightened, ignorant handout lobby.

But I guarantee you there are morons reading this thinking, "They aren't so bad. They're looking out for me and besides, I get a discount on my car insurance."

I would like to see these morons cast into the sun also.

Posted by: spongeworthy at March 31, 2011 08:07 AM (rplL3)


It's curious.  AARP no longer sends me membership solicitations.  Perhaps my intensely rude, vulgar, and appoplectic responses in the negative (about a dozen in all) finally prompted them to remove my name from their prospect list.


I hope permanently.

Posted by: Count de Monet at March 31, 2011 08:11 AM (XBM1t)

36 15 Doing well by doing good.  Sort of. dorking seniors up the squeakhole.

Posted by: Cicero at March 31, 2011 12:20 PM (QKKT0)


AARP has been this way for decades. Like most "group advocacy" groups, they don't so much represent the group they claim to represent as they do the middle-to-upper class liberal lawyers who run the group.

Just like academia and the MBM, they move in, bring friends, and then push everyone else out.

Unless liberals think the cause is "icky" (EWWWW NRA!), they always try to take over any large group and turn it to their agenda. 100% of the time. It's all they have.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at March 31, 2011 08:25 AM (bxiXv)

37 O_o

Posted by: Android at March 31, 2011 01:09 PM (IJufS)

38 Got a letter from them a few months ago to sign a petition to change Obama care. What a crock of shit, after they pushed like crazy to pass it, but they were against Bush's prescription plan. I take every piece of junk mail I get, and stuff it in one of their postage paid envelopes. (after I remove my name of course).

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