What AARP stands for
Mar 08, 2016 | 4525 views | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

Regarding Ralph Rivera's 02/25 letter "AARP Scam," Mr. Rivera is right. AARP's initials stand for “Always Avoid Retirees' Priorities.”

Not only does this organization sell seniors useless products and services, it refuses to fight for our basic needs. One example is the Windfall Elimination Provision (WE)P, which I call Wipeout Every Penny.

Under this 1983 law, retirees' Social Security payments are taxed if their gross adjusted income exceeds $25,000 a year. That amount may have been a windfall 33 years ago, but it's barely above the poverty level now.

Why hasn't Congress repealed this law or changed the income threshold to $55,000 to reflect the real costs that millions of seniors face?

When I asked about this, AARP told me they refuse to take a stand on the WEP. Why? Do we pay our membership dues just to enrich this "non-profit" tax-exempt enterprise?

Sincerely,

Richard Reif

Kew Gardens Hills

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