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Levy: Presidential Debate, and Whom Does AARP Represent?

By Mark Levy

Dear Mark: My girlfriend and I watched the debate last night and disagree over who won. She feels like Obama did OK and that Romney was too aggressive and tried to dominate the event. She feels sorry for the president and still supports him for that reason alone. I'm an independent and will now vote for Romney. What are your impressions? -- At Odds in Delaware

Dear Odds: You'd better have your girlfriend's eyesight and hearing tested because even liberal pundits like James Carville and Chris Matthews thought President Obama was terrible. I thought Romney appeared calm, cool, collected and more importantly presidential, while President Obama looked sheepish and tentative, as if Michelle had just caught him eating a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich in the West Wing. He also looked tired, but I guess that's what too much golf and fundraisers with Jay Z and Beyonce will do to a man.

Many liberal pundits acted as if President Obama was simply not on his game Wednesday night and that he will come back strong in the rematch. I hate to break the news to the libs and this almost sounds cliche, but President Obama just doesn't do well without his beloved teleprompter.

Remember how the administration claimed the reason many Americans did not like Obamacare was because Team Obama failed to communicate the proper message to the American people about the president's plan. During the debate, the president took the stage in front of 50 million people and still couldn't convey a solid reason for giving him four more years. That should have been easy for the greatest speaker of all time.

Dear Mark: Perhaps you can explain the role of AARP in the lives of seniors they profess to represent. I know the organization lobbied aggressively for the passage of Obamacare. I also know AARP has built a huge insurance network selling its secondary health insurance to seniors for "their piece of mind." Now they're publishing a booklet to help seniors vote.

What is AARP? A social club, a profit making business, a liberal movement or a journalistic tactic to scare seniors to react to its cleverly designed rhetoric? Seniors must keep themselves informed and not respond to terror tactics but allow common sense and research to guide their votes.

Just mention AARP and discounts come your way. Is a 10 percent discount worth jumping into bed with the devil? I wonder. -- Perplexed in Texas

Dear Perplexed: Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina summed up AARP best in a recent op-ed piece when he said, "The group poses as a disinterested senior advocate while taking positions that just happen to coincide with its financial interests."

I believe President Obama heavily courted AARP, if not completely buying them off, in order to gain senior support for Obamacare. Many experts have noted that AARP stands to gain millions of dollars in additional revenue when Obamacare is fully implemented. Recently released e-mails from the House Energy and Commerce Committee brought to light a very cozy relationship between AARP and administration officials during the health care debate.

As a result, AARP's reputation amongst seniors has been deeply tarnished and membership has taken a hit. So much so that immediately after the presidential debate, AARP posted on its blog that it basically wanted to distance itself from either candidate after President Obama used their name to defend Obamacare.

Unfortunately for AARP, when you sleep with dogs you're going to get fleas, and today there's more scratching going on at AARP than during the Major League Baseball playoffs.

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  1. MorganComment by Morgan
    October 8, 2012 @ 11:07 am

    I was a member or AARP when President Bush tried to make over Medicare and SS and AARP went into overdrive sending out scare letters to seniors telling them that the President was going to take away their Social Security checks. As soon as my membership came up for renewal, I let it expire and have never wanted to join again. I hope millions of others do the same.

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    • MortComment by Mort
      October 8, 2012 @ 6:22 pm

      I did the same and their mail just goes into the trash, unopened. They are full of lies and deception. Seniors are the most vulnerable voters and anyone that thinks AARP represent them in a fair way is dillusional.

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  2. clarkentComment by clarkent
    October 8, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    @Morgan: I am also going to let my membership expire. Their only purpose now is to make money off of health care. I feel betrayed.

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    • MorganComment by Morgan
      October 8, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

      Good for you. The best way to get AARP’s attention is to hit them in the pocketbook.

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    • MorganComment by Morgan
      October 9, 2012 @ 10:25 am

      I don’t think they are really an advocate for seniors any more. They are an insurance company.

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  3. prairelivingComment by praireliving
    October 8, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

    You would think AARP would be more concerned about the ‘death panels’ that will, in the process of deciding who will be allowed to access scarce health care resources, hit seniors the hardest.

    As I explained to my 82 year old mom…that angioplasty you had because your leg was throbbing so much you couldn’t do the dance classes, the volunteer work, the travel you are in otherwise perfect health to do you wouldn’t have been allowed to have if someone was deciding based on age and other health issues (ie diabetes, high blood pressure both controlled with diet and some meds).

    If the decision to have an abortion, as the liberals are so quick to point out, should only be based on a discussion between a woman and her doctor then shouldn’t the decision to have other procedures and surgeries and medicines also be based on a decision and discussion between a patient and their doctor not some nameless, faceless, panel of bureaucrats?

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    • nickster99Comment by nickster99
      October 8, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

      If the death panels think you are worth it, you will live, if they think you are beyond spending money on, too old and expensive, you will die. That is the way it is going to be under obummer care. They will take the illegal alien like the migrant worker in California that millions of dollars were spent on to cure his illness. Yes millions! Google it! But since you are old and retired you will be left to die!

      Shame on all of you that voted for this monster and let him get away with what he did! Your only hope now is that Romney will repeal this inhumane law!

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  4. omejaComment by omeja
    October 8, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

    You asked “what is AARP”. It is definitely the four descriptions you
    listed, but much much more. It brain washes the seniors, just as
    Dr Joseph Goebels did the German populace in the 1930′s. i opted out
    15 years ago as it became obvious the leadership had sold out to the
    extreme liberal wing of the Democrats, during Hillary’s govt health
    plan push. i believe many members have not figured out the bent of
    AARP, and its political power persausion w/ its clever propaganda.

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  5. willyrhoComment by willyrho
    October 8, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

    I let my membership expire about 5 years ago. I noticed that they only represent AARP and not me. They have gone socialist on elderly, gun and God. So I quit them.

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  6. nickster99Comment by nickster99
    October 8, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

    I am 58 and get junk in the mail 3 or 4 times a month asking me to join. I will not and I wish they would stop sending it!

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    • mrickyridgeComment by mrickyridge
      October 9, 2012 @ 3:21 am

      nickster99
      as long as you are smart enough not to contribute to them, let them keep spending their money to send you their junk and just keep throwing it out. That gives them less money to spend on the gullable people. They really don’t care about the seniors and only care about collecting money and given it to leftist politicians.

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    • MorganComment by Morgan
      October 9, 2012 @ 10:32 am

      Here is what I have done. When I get one of their mailings, I run it though my shredder and then take some of the shredding, put them in the Postage paid envelope that comes with their stuff and mail it back to them.

      I haven’t received a mailing from them for years. They got the message.

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  7. flyfisherman12Comment by flyfisherman12
    October 8, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

    Haven’t you heard – there’s no such thing as a “death panel”. One of Obama’s campaign managers told me so just last week.

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  8. slingshot383Comment by slingshot383
    October 8, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

    Dump AARP and check out the AMAC, they are not a left wing anti-Second Amendment organization

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  9. cahhmComment by cahhm
    October 8, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

    I was recently given the opportunity to have a free membership in AARP. It was printed on the back of my Walgreen’s receipt! Things must be getting tough!

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