AARP asks younger folks to look at their future

  • Article by: BILL WARD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 18, 2012 - 3:56 PM

The organization wants to hear from Minnesotans of all ages at a series of public forums it's holding.

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depres08Mar. 18, 12 7:23 PM

I must say boomer dominated AARP has guts to encourage this debate, considering the baby boomers have intentionally stolen the future and doomed the young to slavery. Once the younger masses really comprehend what has been done to them by the boomers I expect the most serious internal crisis in the US since the civil war. We are undoubtedly headed for a debt driven collapse in society. There is no way the government will be able to pay off the debt. National debt is up 15X in dollar terms ($1T to $15T), and has tripled as a % of GDP (now over 100%!) since 1980, precisely in sync with the emergence of the baby boomers as the dominant demographic class. This generation is the most irresponsible and greedy ever. Thank God there are some non-baby boomer politicians proposing solutions, like Paul Ryan - but rest assured the boomers will do everything they can to keep stealing from the young. Get ready for the coming generational apocalypse.

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GjbrayMar. 18, 12 8:17 PM

AARP - fund raisers for the dems. I quit when they pushed for Obamacare. They offer nothing that you cannot find elsewhere.

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pitythefoolsMar. 18, 12 9:31 PM

depres08: "I must say boomer dominated AARP has guts to encourage this debate, considering the baby boomers have intentionally stolen the future and doomed the young to slavery."

Umm, you might want to study some timelines. I'm a late boomer. I will never see a Social Security payment. Medicare will collapse before I get there. I don't have a pension, it's all been turned into cash-value 401(k)'s. Yet I'm working to pay for kids going to college, trying to save for retirement given that the three-legs of retirement (pensions, SS and savings) have been reduced to a unicycle of savings. Facing discrimination in the workplace and knowing the house I bought 13 years ago is worth FAR less than I paid for it, so is the whole neighborhood, due to young people buying and flipping houses they couldn't afford. 50 year olds weren't the ones taking out liar loans to feed the housing speculation. If you want to place blame you need to go a step further to your own generations involvement in the housing collapse, and the "Greatest Generation" who are reaping all the rewards having paid in the least. Get your history straight youngster.

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pitythefoolsMar. 18, 12 9:35 PM

I have to laugh. Since I turned 50 the AARP sends me mailings to join. Other than promising "insurance discounts" (everyone promises insurance discounts and every time I find my agent has gotten the best deals out there) they provide NO detail about what they can do for me. NONE! It's like they believe reaching 50 is some right of passage and automatically you should be salivating to join.

Hey, AARP, how about giving me some REASON to join? Your marketing people are worthless.

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martin68Mar. 19, 12 6:57 AM

AARP does not give a rip about older people. They villify anyone that proposes to fix social security, which will only accelerate its demise. They make most of their profits by partnering with companies like United Healthcare to sell products.

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vorenusMar. 19, 12 7:24 AM

by the way, depres08. As for your coming "apocalypse" or "civil war"...I doubt if it will be much of a fight. The Boomers will just schedule a roll out of a new device to distract you, or cut your internet connectivity for a few hours. Both should be more than enough to bring your generation to its knees.

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countryfirstMar. 20, 1211:16 AM

Because the Star Tribune is run by conservatives (so much for the myth of the liberal media), it will print endless articles about the demise of Social Security and NOT PRINT THE FACT THAT SOCIAL SECURITY HAS A $2.5 TRILLION SURPLUS! According to a recent study by the Congressional Budget Office ( CBO) Social Security has a $2.5 trillion dollar surplus and can pay out every penny owed to every eligible American for the next 27 years until 2038. At that point it has enough money to pay over 80% of promised benefits. BUT THE RIGHT WING WANTS YOUR SAVINGS TO GO TO WALL STREET INSTEAD OF SOCIAL SECURITY!!!!!! And the Star Trib repeatedly goes along with the right wing lack-of-information campaign.

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fauxboMar. 20, 1212:36 PM

Dear pitythefools - I invite you to stop by the AARP Information Desk at the Mall of America. When you're there you can sign up for free drivers education courses to decrease your car insurance rates and sign up for free tax preparation appointments. There's plenty of pamphlets, magazines and referral sources to assist seniors with health care choices and directives, fraud, long term care and social security. The information center is the busiest in the country and offers assistance and education to thousands of seniors in the state.

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