I mentioned in the recent post about Cong. Paul Ryan that liberals have been getting elected for the past 25 years by crying wolf over any attempt to reform Social Security and Medicare, and I predicted that their reaction to Ryan's budget proposal would follow the same lines.
Well, it didn't take long to come true.
I just got an e-mail from AARP, an active arm of the Democratic Party that helps in scaring senior citizens. The subject line of the email: URGENT: Medicare on the chopping block
And the opening paragraph: Right now, Congress is preparing to vote on a budget proposal that would effectively end Medicare as we know it – and put the health of millions of older Americans at risk.
It's a bald-faced lie, of course. If AARP really wanted to help seniors, the message would be: Listen, if we don't fix Medicare and Social Security now, they are not going to exist for your children and grandchildren. Most of us have collected far more in retirement benefits than we ever paid in, and we need a modest fix right now, in order to save Social Security and Medicare for future generations.
But AARP would never say that, because their only concern is getting old people to pay for an AARP membership by convincing them that AARP is looking out for them. In fact, the cruelest thing we can do to seniors is leave the current program alone, because that ensures its eventual collapse.
AARP is scummy.