Department of I Would Love to See You Bitches Try It

Oh, HELL no:

On Monday, we reported on the House GOP’s plansto target AARP in the health care reform debate.
Republican leaders say AARP is supporting changes to the Medicare
system included in Democratic health care reform bills because they
would result in more sales of AARP-branded insurance. They claim that
“backroom deals” between executives of the AARP and Democratic
leadership — deals the GOP say are designed to protect the executives’
high salaries — led to the group’s pro-Medicare reform stance.

Yesterday, the message gained traction among the right wing
commentariat. AARP flatly denies the claims and says it’s beginning to
feel a little like the GOP’s new ACORN.

I say this with all due respect to the membership of the AARP, but you’d have better luck separating a South Carolina Republican from his emergency stash of dildos and wet suits than you’d have prying senior citizens away fromtravel discounts. You fuck with the AARP, you are fucking with their treats and that is NOT ALLOWED.

I have traveled with seniors, I have traveled near seniors, and I have known and loved many, many seniors and what I am saying is that while some people greet advancing age with fear and distrust many, many others greet it with joy because they are finally getting the perks they’ve earned. Ten percent off on parking at the airport, people. I am not snarking: Never underestimate the power of small conveniences.

A.

11 thoughts on “Department of I Would Love to See You Bitches Try It

  1. Henry Holland says:

    My mom and dad are 82 and 80 respectively and when I go visit them, it’s hilarious to see them whip out their AARP card at the slightest chance of a discount. They’re OK financially due to my dad’s military benefits, they just want that 10% off at the dry cleaners, dammit!

  2. joejoejoe says:

    Bit players have better luck dealing with Zombies in the first 15 minutes of horror flicks than the GOP will have dealing with AARP. I’ve seen my Aunt make her case for discount coffee at McDonald’s one too many times to know you don’t mess with the Silver Mafia. They will pop a caplet of Geritol in your ass.

  3. minusp says:

    They will pop a caplet of Geritol in your ass.
    Heh. Y’know you can get AARP when you turn 50, doncha? Too soon for the G-word…
    Add your AAA discounts, and we’re talking some $$$ here.

  4. Yeah, GOP, try and ACORN the AARP. Please.

  5. Last month my wife and I went to a matinee and, for the first time, I got a senior discount. It made me vaguely uncomfortable. Then I thought, hey, I can’t fight getting old so I might as well enjoy the benefits.

  6. BuggyQ says:

    Amen, word, and ya, sure, you betcha, Hecate.
    Take on the AARP, Republicans, and watch the permanent Republican majority that ran off with Barack throw your clothes on the lawn and get a restraining order.

  7. Sue says:

    Honestly, do the Republicans have some kind of secret checklist? Now that they’ve alienated all the non-GOP segments of the population, are they going after their own supporters, group by group?
    And if so, keep it up!

  8. scout says:

    Oh the hypocrisy…the GOP sure did everything possible to win over AARP (successfully) for their Medicare Drug Plan back in ’04…but yeah when Dems do the same it’s backroom deals or whatnot

  9. scout says:

    GOP can always count on short memories…

  10. MapleStreet says:

    What about seniors proudly wearing the hats with the logo: Don’t forget my Senior Discount” Just in case the clerk might forget.
    Not to mention, I really don’t see where a strong national health insurance would strengthen the AARP’s insurance. If anything, there is that segment 50 to 65 years old that it would remove them from the AARP insurance (and the AARP gets a lot of money from selling insurance). Not to mention the AARP tends to be strongly conservative (I got mine) for my tastes.

  11. pansypoo says:

    highlights needs to get in on the AARP discount action.

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