Thursday, October 20, 2011
By Paul Martin

By Lee Duigon
October 20, 2011

When it comes to addressing America’s problems, the AARP takes the cake for the most fatuous suggestion of the year.

In an editorial entitled “Small Steps, Big Dividends” (Oct. 2011, Vol. 52, No. 8), the editors of The AARP Bulletin begin by bewailing our $14.3 trillion national debt and finish by offering the following suggestion:

“Give Uncle Sam a gift. Others do. Taxpayers’ gifts to the U.S. Treasury so far this year total $2,429,800.03.” Don’t even ask who gave the 3 cents.

With a population of about 300 million, that almost $2.5 billion in gifts comes out to roughly $8.00 per person. It would take almost 2 trillion of those $8.00 checks to pay off the national debt, which means that each American would have to write almost 6,000 of those checks, because each and every one of us is in hock for almost $48,000—give or take 3 cents.

But enough of numbers. The AARP is the most flamingly partisan outfit in the country, possibly the very last of the genuine Obama groupies. These poor souls still get a thrill up the leg every time the Stepford President reads something off the teleprompter. We must not expect from them anything much better than mere silliness. But even for them, “Give Uncle Sam a gift” is outstandingly asinine.

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