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February 2012

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22 Feb 12: Two years ago, in the midst of the healthcare debate, I tore up my AARP membership card and sent the pieces back to them as my protest of their support of Obamacare. I could not understand why an organization that purports to protect the interests of the elderly would support the withdrawal of half a trillion dollars from Medicare to help fund Obamacare. More recently I haven't seen AARP coming out against the payroll tax cut extension - why not? All the ill-advised payroll tax cut does is take money away from the Social Security fund, hastening the financial decline of the fund. And....I haven't seen anything from the AARP about Obama's plan to triple the dividend tax, something that will have an adverse impact on millions of elderly. How can anyone think the AARP is relevant to the interests of us old folks?


15 Feb 12: If you have small children in your family, I hope you're prepared for a knock on your door by a state or federal food inspector, who will search your pantry and refrigerator to ensure that you are properly feeding your kids. Can't happen, you say? Why not - your child's brown bag lunch is inspected at school (witness the recent North Carolina debacle). If the government can do that, why can't they inspect what you're feeding them at home?


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