Skip to comments.An Open Letter to AARP - (ex CBS, Gannett VP socks it to AARP..... and how!)
Posted on 06/06/2005 9:21:18 PM PDT by CHARLITE
AARP members recently received a letter from its CEO, Bill Novelli, asking us to help him raise money to defeat the Social Security plan as described by President Bush. As a long-time member, I was so furious by this request from AARP, I had to cool off before answering. This is a copy of my reply. Do any other members or readers agree with me?
Mr. Bill Novelli, CEO
AARP 601 E. Street, NW
Washington, DC 20049
Dear Mr. Novelli,
Thank you for sending me your letter requesting money from us seniors to stop the plans (as you wrote) to change the Social Security program as you and I know it trading a proven system for another one that could seriously threaten the future security of millions of Americans.
You also describe the present system as an insurance plan that was never meant to be an investment program. You even call such investments, risky.
Obviously, we seniors, who are part of Tom Brokaws Greatest Generation, are smart enough to know the following:
1. The current program designed by President Roosevelt was never an insurance plan; it was a Ponzi scheme, relying on hundreds of young citizens to contribute money to pay for the few seniors. Now that the pyramid has been turned upside down, there are fewer workers to support the many hundreds of retired seniors.
2.The reform plan will not affect my generation as it is only designed for the younger generations to insure that they will have some money when they retire.
3. It is a lie to call this reform by President Bush an investment plan. One can VOLUNTEER to choose the private investment, but it is limited to a maximum of only 4%! In addition, it has to be in a conservative fund program that pays a much higher interest rate than one would receive if he or she had just kept the 4% with Social Security.
4. There will be no stock gambling allowed. AARP sells similar funds, but I have never heard you warn us that your fund plans were risky! Is AARP concerned with potential competition?
5. More importantly, President Bush announced that one will OWN this investment portion, able to pass it on to a spouse or children or to a charity of choice. This is not true of our current S.S. when we die.
Instead of helping us members, you seem to be more willing to help Democrats or Socialists who want to increase our taxes and redistribute our hard-earned income as well as that of our children and grandchildren. We are trying to teach the youth of America the advantages of ownership and the value of keeping what they earn; you seem to be doing the opposite.
Perhaps it is time for us all to look for membership in a different organization that is more concerned with the welfare of future seniors. The current AARP seems only to want to elect those who will tax our future. Is the Sheriff of Nottingham being revived to steal everyones money via heavy taxes?
You can be sure that there are many of us seniors who are proud to live in the America envisioned by our founders, not one that becomes similar to the socialism that has taken over much of Europe and Canada.
About the Writer: Lee Ellis is a retired journalist and a former vice president of both CBS and Gannet. He resides in Indio, California, where he write op-eds that appear in several local newspapers. Lee receives e-mail at email@example.com.
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Wow. I didn't realize they did that. Now THAT'S an interesting twist!
At least I've convinced one retired person what AARP is about. She is no longer a member and is busy spreading the word.
Good write up. AARP is so political it makes me sick.
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"I would like you to be a part of USA Next with me."
USA Next offers as many discount programs as AARP, and at prices that in some cases even beat the savings offered by AARP. USA Next offers savings of up to 70% on hotel rooms, savings on rental cars, airline tickets, and cruises. They have discount programs for buying cars, both new and used. USA Next offers savings on long distance, flowers and gifts, and even has their own conservative book club.
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So how much does all this cost? Basic membership is just $12.50/year. And membership to USA Next is not restricted. Anyone of any age is eligible to join, and membership is nearly instant if you sign up online. Their website is usanext.org. You might want to simply compare them to AARP and see which suits you better.
Unless and until the AARP starts backing the President's plan on Social Security and the private accounts, I have no interest in your organization.
Then I mailed it on their dime.
Thanks for this. I've posted a copy on my local Republican Party's county website.
I sent a similar note in their postage paid envelope. Each time they send me an invitation to join I send it back without my name with a note at their expense. Everyone should do this to run up their postage expense.
Thanks so much. I've seen Art Linkletter promoting usa next.org on Fox, but just needed your "nudge" to start emailing people about it.
Indio... That's up on the north side of the Salton Sea near Coachella. Don't ask me how I know that...
Tape some washers into the envelope so they have to pay more.
Good point. Is there an alternative to AARP? One that has the insurance plans that they offer?
Lee Ellis was a member of AARP before he got that letter and he didn't already know that it was a socialist organization?
Has he had his head up his *** all this time?
Good post, but I was already aware of that because I belong to USANext and I informed myself. I've been hammering on Pres. Bush's SS plan to my kids and their families since the get-go. Anyone with half a brain can see the good sense in such a plan, that is, anyone except the AARP crowd, hell, they're Socialists.
I let in to my 68 Year Old mother the other day when she made a comment that under Bush's plan there wouldn't be any SS left. I asked her what what was that sh*t she was spewing and she said the seniors group told her that.
I educated her on the federal employee plan and it's 100% optional ETC. BUT I still think she believes the seniors ?
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