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Old 08-11-2013, 11:41 AM
 
Location: mid wyoming
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I haven't felt the AARP represents the same views as me politically, and really don't agree with their actions around the last presidential election. I remember some of the other same type groups had views like mine but didn't pursue membership in them. Can anyone tell me my other choices?
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Old 08-11-2013, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Grove City, Ohio
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I haven't felt the AARP represents the same views as me politically, and really don't agree with their actions around the last presidential election. I remember some of the other same type groups had views like mine but didn't pursue membership in them. Can anyone tell me my other choices?
I felt the same so I joined AMAC.

Wanting to support I purchased a five year membership that included both my wife and I.

Big mistake!

The feeling I have, tried to contact them numerous times, is once they get your membership money they could care less if you lived or died. Everything they have, 99% of what they are geared for, is getting new members or having old members renew their worthless memberships.

With AARP when you needed an answer at least someone called you back but with this hideous organization hell will freeze over first.
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Old 08-17-2013, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I haven't felt the AARP represents the same views as me politically, and really don't agree with their actions around the last presidential election. I remember some of the other same type groups had views like mine but didn't pursue membership in them. Can anyone tell me my other choices?
If your main problems are with the politics of AARP, then I think you should become active in a relevant political organization. It is possible that there would be a senior sub group in the larger group.

If you want to preserve social security though, I don't know of another organization that would as actively work for that.
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Old 08-17-2013, 09:37 PM
 
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I just got a free membership...
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Old 08-17-2013, 10:37 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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AARP represents itself and insurance companies. If you want real representation then become your own best advocate.
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Area 51.5
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AARP represents itself and insurance companies. If you want real representation then become your own best advocate.
You stole my response.

Why on earth people pay someone to do nothing is beyond me.

Do it yourself, for Pete's sake!

AARP represents nobody but the fat cats sitting at the top, collecting YOUR money!
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:36 AM
 
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AARP Open to Cuts in Social Security - http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/18/us/18aarp.html?_r=0

They got so many complaints after this article, they revised they changed their tune.

As others stated, AARP makes their money as an insurance affiliate. I don't think they give a rat's ass about seniors and they certaining aren't going to protect social security.
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:26 AM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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I am a member of AARP. I am also a member of AAA (American Automobile Association). I do not entirely agree with every position either organization takes, but I have renewed my membership for years.

Honestly the real reason I'm an AARP member is because I really like getting their magazines and publications. I read lots of good articles in there. The other reason is that my AARP membership card made possible for me to get discounts at museums, restaurants, and hotels. For example where I live the local branches of Dunkin' Donuts will give you a free donut with your coffee if you have an AARP membership - but for some weird reason not to seniors in general (maybe different in your area) - and when I'm in my patrolman's uniform free donut is very important, but the manager at one Dunkin' Donut shop gives me free coffee too.
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Old 08-19-2013, 06:57 PM
 
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On this forum we have discussed AARP/beaten the AARP dead horse before.
I agree with the comment upthread to find a political group that reflects your own views on senior issues such as Medicare, Social Security, whatever.
For a start, recommend you read through the party platforms regarding these issues if that is your concern.
Hope this helps.
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I just got a free membership...
May I ask how did you get a free membership?
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