Social Security, the AARP and the Deficit

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With 37 million members and a massive budget, AARP claims it's the voice in Washington for senior citizens, America's most reliable voting bloc. But last week, AARP created a firestorm by saying it would consider "modest" cuts in Social Security benefits. The Wall Street Journal quoted AARP Policy Director John Rother saying, "The ship was sailing. I wanted to be at the wheel when that happens." In Washington, and around the country, the reaction was deafening. Deficit hawks said it's about time, but other defenders of Social Security accused the organization of selling out the very people it claims to represent. Has AARP provided an opening for America's most popular social program to be put on the deficit chopping block?

Credits

Guests:
David Certner - AARP, Arthur Delaney - Huffington Post - @ArthurDelaneyHP, Ryan McConaghy - Third Way, Roger Hickey - Campaign for America's Future - @RogerHickey, Fred Lynch - Claremont McKenna College - @CMCtoday

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Andrea Brody