More like reality check.
The AARP has started airing a series of ads meant to cause concern about the future of Social Security. It’s odd for them to show so much concern after pushing the financial disaster known as Obamacare.
The Huffington Post is angry about the advocacy group’s use of “conservative scare tactics.”
From their report:
Nation’s Largest Seniors Group Is Using Conservative Scare Tactics On Social Security
Television viewers across the country have been treated to some scary advertisements about the future of Social Security.
“Our next president needs to take action on Social Security, or future generations could lose up to $10,000 a year,” the narrator intones, as ominous music plays in the background.
Viewers might be surprised to learn that the ad is from the AARP, the country’s largest seniors group and a longtime defender of social programs for older Americans. It’s part of the nonpartisan group’s election-focused “Take A Stand” campaign, launched last November to pressure candidates to spell out their plans for shoring up Social Security’s finances.
The “Take A Stand” initiative rankled progressive retirement security advocates virtually from the moment it started, because it focused on getting politicians to propose any detailed plan ― and didn’t distinguish between reform proposals that would cut benefits and those that would not.
The new television ad has only heightened liberal concerns. Critics of AARP’s approach say that the influential seniors group, which has 37 million members across the country and incredible influence in Washington, is making Social Security’s financial challenges seem much more dire than they really are. In doing so, the group is playing right into the crisis framing favored by conservatives, who want benefit cuts to seem inevitable.
This is one of the ads the Huffington Post refers to:
It’s hard to feel sympathy for the AARP, which was instrumental in the passage of Obamacare.
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If they’re so concerned about the fiscal solvency of Social Security, why did they betray their members by backing Obamacare?
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