The all-important “seniors” voter demographic received long overdue media attention on Friday September 21 via coverage of President Obama’s and GOP Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s address to thousands of seniors attending AARP’s annual Life at 50 Plus mega-conference in New Orleans. Prior to the conference addresses, however, there were (apparently) two high-visibility attacks on [...]
The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan is one of my favorite writers. She really has her fingers on the pulse of America most of the time. I quoted her several times in my book ONE NATION UNDER AARP.
Today, she had a very pithy, very fair paragraph about baby boomers. Here it is:
Here’s what [...]
Mitt Romney’s pick of Paul Ryan for VP will put not only Medicare but AARP squarely in the cross-hairs of public debate! AARP is going to be forced into making a strong stand in favor of traditional Medicare and Social Security–or probably risk losing huge numbers of members. This will also erode their “non-partisan” image [...]
NY Times columnist Bill Keller did something of the usual stereotypical take on “entitled boomers” in his essay “The Entitled Generation” on July 29. (Here is the link:http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/30/opinion/keller-the-entitled-generation.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss.)
He is a bit critical of the overkill on boomer stereotypes and criticisms but then blandly admits “we are an entitled generation.” He argues that we need [...]
AARP Girding for the Big Fight?
February 24, 2012 By Laurie Bennett Leave a Comment
If you were to gauge an organization’s comfort level by its lobbying expenditures, AARP would appear quite cozy.
Lobby costs for the nonprofit group have dropped, from $27.9 million in 2008 to $15.1 million in 2011. The [...]
Thus far all the action and commentary in the GOP primaries (and the eventual confrontation with Obama and the Democrats) has been about the Establishment’s choice of Mitt Romney versus the more middle and working class GOP members’ preference for a more “Up the Establishment” figure such as Ron Paul or the combative Newt Gingrich. [...]
Those interested in preserving Medicare and Social Security should become more aware of a huge bloc of swing voters increasingly anxious about the fates of these popular entitlements: Working and middle class whites without college degrees–especially those in the aging baby boomer generation. I discuss this at some length in several sections of my book [...]
Brief BioFrederick R. Lynch is Associate Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College. His newest book is One Nation Under AARP: The Fight Over Medicare, Social Security and America’s Future (University of California Press, 2011). His previous books include The Diversity Machine (Transaction Paperbacks, 2001) and Invisible Victims: White Males and the Crisis of Affirmative Action (Praeger Paperbacks, 1991). He is the author of dozens of articles and book chapters ranging from “Social Theory and the Progressive Era, Theory and Society (1977) to a 2011 chapter on “Politics of Aging Boomers” in Robert Hudson’s new edition of The New Politics of Old Age Policy. A frequent panelist at professional academic conferences, he has been profiled and interviewed by most major newspapers, television networks National Public Radio, etc. Lynch received in B.A. in Sociology at the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. at the University of California, Riverside. His popular CMC courses include: “Inequality, Politics and Public Policy,” (Gov 113), “Organization of Health Care and Public Policy” (Gov 105) and “Juvenile Delinquency and Public Policy” (Gov 109).
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New book looks at the organization's role in future inter-generational warfare as budget resources shrink.
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