Putting Your Head in the Sand Rarely Solves a Problem — Especially One That Matters So Much to So Many

In the annals of good advice for dealing with a problem or challenge, “put your head in the sand,” “kick the can down the road” and “ignore it and maybe it will go away” generally do not rate very highly. Yet, that’s kind of what’s being done about the fiscal challenges faced by Social Security — we’re seemingly ignoring them in the hope they will go away. For about the next decade and a half, the Social Security system is …

Social Security Celebrates 81 Years!

Today, Social Security turns 81 years old. That’s a birthday we celebrate with pride — and I hope you take a minute to sign our birthday card! But it’s also a timely reminder that action is needed. If our leaders fail to update Social Security, future retirees could face benefit cuts of nearly 25 percent. Think about that! A cut that large would send shock waves around the country. It would hurt millions of people and push many into poverty. …

Fighting for You on the Front Lines

AARP Opens Field Offices in Seven States During the past week, I was excited to see our Take a Stand field offices in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio and Virginia host inaugural activities to officially kick off their efforts to get candidates to take a stand on Social Security during this high-profile election season. It was great having hundreds of AARP volunteers, community leaders and state staff join together for productive discussions on why Social Security is essential …

You Did It! CNN Presses Candidates on Social Security

Your voices were heard. Last night, CNN Republican debate moderator Jake Tapper responded to the 140,000 AARP members who signed our petition and others who tweeted suggested questions by asking every candidate about their plan for the future of Social Security. Last week, AARP’s Take a Stand campaign delivered petitions to Fox News and CNN urging the networks to ask the candidates a question about how they would update Social Security for future generations. Our AARP Florida team also did …

Correct the Record on Social Security

It’s time to set the record straight on Donald Trump and Social Security. The leading Republican candidate has yet to come out with a real plan, and the clock is ticking. Recently on ABC’s “This Week”, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie tried to defend Trump and direct attention elsewhere:  “No one else has a plan on Social Security,” Christie claimed. “So why aren’t we testing all these other candidates, as well?…” With all due respect, Christie’s remarks were misleading. Since …

Over 120,000 Americans Sign Petitions on Social Security

Taking a stand on Social Security is a true test of presidential leadership. Voters have told us and the presidential candidates they want Social Security to be a top priority for Congress and the next administration. That’s why tomorrow morning AARP volunteers will deliver more than 120,000 petitions signed by Americans to CNN and Fox News urging the networks and other media outlets “to give Social Security the attention it deserves.” AARP’s Take a Stand accountability effort has gotten presidential …