Because of the socialist nature of Medicare and the dependence of many of the elderly on it, the AARP/seniors bloc has always been a fairly reliable source of votes and support for the Democrat Party.
However, with the advent of Obamacare, the certainty of rationing and likelihood of soft-euthanasia, suddenly the elderly are fleeing the government reservation in droves. They may be dependent on government largess supplied by younger taxpayers, but some of them aren’t so dependent on their “high priest” lobbying organization that they’re willing to die for it.
From Fox News:
About 60,000 seniors have quit AARP since July 1 due to the group’s support for health care reform, a spokesman for the organization said this week.
CBS has coverage of the mass exodus of 60,000 seniors from the AARP in this video:
CBS News: Last week, Obama told a town meeting in Portsmouth, NH, “We have the AARP on board because they know this is a good deal for our seniors.” The AARP called the President’s statements “inaccurate,” saying it hasn’t endorsed any plan or bill. Some were left with the feeling that AARP was waffling.
Fox News has coverage in this video:
The AARP meeting referenced in this Fox News report was pretty bad. The AARP rep acted like an arrogant socialist (maybe because she probably is).
Here is video of that meeting:
The Hill says the AARP CEO has given loads of cash to Obama:
Incoming AARP CEO A. Barry Rand contributed $8,900 to President Obama’s campaign committees, federal records show.
Rand, a retired senior executive at Xerox Corp., Avis Group and Equitant Inc. and the current chairman of Howard University’s board of trustees, gave the maximum $4,600 to Obama’s election campaign and an additional $4,300 to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising entity of Obama and the Democratic National Committee.
Altogether, Rand has given $15,900 to Democratic campaign committees since 1995, according to searches of Federal Election Commission databases dating back to 1990 that are maintained by CQ Money Line and the Center for Responsive Politics.
In this video, the AARP says they don’t plan to apologize for the way the meeting was handled.
Now another AARP meeting, this time in Florida, has gotten rowdy:
Liberals have long counted on the American people to be uneducated, uninformed, duped and hopelessly dependent on government; such conditions make undermining the U.S. Constitution and instituting socialism in the land of the free much easier.
But with confidence in the “mainstream” media’s veracity at an all-time low, and with the rise of the New Media, the American public is more informed than ever, with access to information outside the MSM conduit party-approved messages.
If only Republicans on the national stage would quit acting like they’re afraid of their own shadow and put forth some good conservative plans, the American people might have some genuine options for a change instead of just venting their anger.
If Republicans will only start acting like Republicans, they might just see another 1994-esqe landslide in 2010. If they don’t, it won’t be pretty for anyone.