Social Security has a problem; that we know. But is AARP admitting it? And willing to accept changes?? The leftists fear so. But there is often a twist in these things. Let's watch.
AARP, the powerful lobbying group for older Americans, is dropping its longstanding opposition to cutting Social Security benefits, a move that could rock Washington's debate over how to revamp the nation's entitlement programs.
The decision, which AARP hasn't discussed publicly, came after a wrenching debate inside the organization. In 2005, the last time Social Security was debated, AARP led the effort to kill President George W. Bush's plan for partial privatization. AARP now has concluded that change is inevitable, and it wants to be at the table to try to minimize the pain.
"The ship was sailing. I wanted to be at the wheel when that happens," said John Rother, AARP's long-time policy chief and a prime mover behind its change of heart.
The shift, which has been vetted by AARP's board and is now the group's stance, could have a dramatic effect on the debate surrounding the future of the federal safety net, from pensions to health care, given the group's immense clout.
Mother Jones says "Oh, no!"
Huffington Post catches AARP talking out of both sides of their mouth.
I refuse to support AARP because they support big government over the interests of their "members." I joined AMAC.
... AARP initially pushed back against the newspaper's story.
"Stay tuned -- our position has not changed on Social Security," an AARP spokeswoman said in an email to HuffPost.
AARP legislative policy director David Certner said on CNN Friday that "there was some miscommunication with the Wall Street Journal story."
But then Certner acknowledged that AARP believes the program needs to be changed.
"Everybody knows we need to look at a package of different changes to Social Security to make it strong for the long term," he said. "The reality is, we have more people older and who are living longer, so we need to make changes. Everybody recognizes that. And we're certainly willing to talk about a package of changes that will keep Social Security strong."