March 23, 2005 |
At the start of a potentially crucial congressional recess, in which lawmakers will hear from constituents about President Bush's plans to overhaul Social Security, Bush and his allies asked Democrats and AARP on Tuesday to stop attacking their ideas. Bush issued the plea alongside his onetime rival for the presidency Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has a better working relationship with Democrats than does the White House.
March 3, 2005 |
A conservative group called USA Next has succeeded only in damaging its own reputation and interfering in the debate over Social Security with its virulent attacks on AARP, said Bill Novelli, chief executive of the seniors group, in Austin. "USA Next are not serious people. They're not engaged in the debate and should be ignored," Novelli said in a speech at the University of Texas.
February 28, 2005 |
As synonyms for the word "vile," my thesaurus offers some of the following: offensive, objectionable, odious, repulsive, repellent, repugnant, revolting, disgusting, sickening, loathsome, foul, nasty, contemptible, despicable and noxious. Any of those words would aptly describe the advertising attack launched last week against AARP, the largest advocacy group for seniors, by the conservative interest group USA Next. But there's one word that unfortunately can't be applied: surprising.
February 10, 2005 |
The Social Security program can be stabilized through a series of small fixes and does not need a major overhaul that would include private investment accounts, the nation's largest lobby group for the elderly said Wednesday. AARP, formerly known as the American Assn. for Retired Persons, said the amount of wages that can be taxed for Social Security should be raised from $90,000 to $140,000. The change could be phased in over 10 years and would cut the projected shortfall by 43%, AARP said.
March 13, 2004 |
AARP, the advocacy group for people age 50 and older that opposes diverting Social Security taxes into private accounts, is irked about a new organization with a similar name that is advocating the changes. The new group, to be led by Republicans Jack Kemp and Dick Armey, is called Alliance for Retirement Prosperity, or ARP. "Gee, what a coincidence," said AARP's John Rother.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2004 |
Ed Krupps, 73, a retired regional sales manager, estimates he drove 1.5 million miles over seven Western states in his 30-year career. In all that time, over all those miles, he received just one speeding ticket and was involved in one accident; he was hit in the rear while stopped at a light. Yet, because of his age, the Fountain Valley resident is commonly perceived as a driver who is more likely to cause fatal accidents, injuries and have bad driving habits.