Should I Join AARP?

Mark's AARP Card.JPG

(Danville, California)

It arrived, just days after my birthday! No, it wasn't a belated B-day card. It was my AARP Membership Card!

I was warned the American Association of Retired Persons would find me when I turned 50, and they have. Much as I tried to hide, they hunted me down, just like all my other friends who turned 50 this year.

The AARP is one of the most influential lobbying groups in Washington, D.C. Traditionally, people 65+ had the most consistent voting block in the country--the highest percentage of turnout for any demographic. It's probably still true, though young people surged to the polls last year in their greatest numbers ever.

Why would I join at 50? My normal retirement age for Social Security is 67. Aren't they jumping the gun? Obviously they want to get into my wallet-- and my voting habits-- at an early age. I'm no good to them when I'm dead, so invite me to the party early.

Some underemployed and unemployed friends of mine were joking recently, that we might get fake ID cards, so that we can lie about our age and pretend we are older. That way, some of these entitlement benefits may come to us early (and before they run out). This is not unlike the 16-year-old kids in my high school who got fake IDs so they could pose as 18 and buy beer early (not that I participated in this, of course).

So what should I do? Pay the $16 annual fee and join AARP, or try to hang on to my youth a bit longer?

I'll let my loyal readers decide. Write in at the "comments" section and tell me "yes" or "no" on joining AARP, and give your reasons why!

In the meantime, buy my book! "Age of Obama: A Reporter's Journey with Clinton, McCain and Obama in the Making of the President 2008" is available by clicking on the blue book button on the right side of this screen. Sorry, we don't offer the AARP discount!

In my opinion they do nothing but for themselves! AARP is for AARP, Case in point is AARP's support for the Affordable Care act. Very small ssi raise ,some times no raise. Also THEY endorse legislation which will hurt seniors. I will not join AARP I NEED MY MONEY THAT IS NOT MUCH.

As I am several years pass 50. I went on several sites about joining AARP.........decison: Nope, don't think I will. Tks

AARP is a "strange animal." They claim to advocate for seniors, but often endorse legislation which - in my opinion - will hurt seniors. Case in point is AARP's support for the Affordable Care... Act, commonly known as Obamacare. NOW the biggest news of the day is that AARP has been granted a waiver exempting that organization and presumably those it insures from participating in Obamacare. What utter hypocricy! So now they join the State of Nevada, certain unions and a number of large corporations, as well as numerous businesses in Pelosi's Congressional district, as a privileged group. I hope Obamacare will be repealed. In the meantime, all waivers should be voided.

I joined AARP when I turned 50, then after a couple of years, I purchased a 5 year membership at reduced cost. I am now nearly 58 and my membership is up for renewal. I am debating whether to stay a member or not. In my opinion, they have become too large and too political in addition to beeing too much of an insurance broker. So, I am looking for an alternative, of which there seem to be several. In your case, I would shop around. I am thinking more and more that I will not renew my AARP membership.

Well I just got my card on the mail, problem is I am 49 and 1/2??? They must be desperate to get more people in.

Mark, I just shredded the latest mailing I received from AARP. They have been haunting me since I turned 50 a few years back. I remember getting that first mailing. It made my stomach turn. I just can't bring myself to admit I'm eligible for membership. Besides I find that my AAA membership gives me just about the same discounts for travel, etc. so thanks AARP, but no thanks.

I have to admit the discounts for AARP members are attractive. However, AARP sometimes takes positions with which I don't agree. I don't like their pretending to speak for all seniors. In some regards, AARP makes me think of certain unions. In its earlier years it stood up for seniors and did some good work, but as the organization has grown in power and wealth, its leaders have not always used their clout in the best interest of the country. They seem to me to be uber-liberal.

They may have good discounts, but they screw you in other ways. If you have medical coverage they will probaly find a way to get it cancled, they did to my sister. They say they are there for the mature people, but they are not they only help themself and a few of the richest people.

So if I were you I would look to other groups like the Alliance for Retired Americans they work real hard to make life better for all people.

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