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The Speech I Gave on the 40th Anniversary

Posted on 11/11/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your Lifeby Robert Proctor Ten years ago, Robert Proctor shared these thoughts, and he shares them with us again today: Today, Saturday, November 22nd, marks the 40th year that has passed since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Four decades ago I was 10,000 miles, two cultures and certainly a half-century in time removed from the horrific events in Dallas, Texas. College classes had just ended for the day at the Nepali college where I was teaching, and I had …

A Sad Birthday That Year

Posted on 11/11/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your Lifeby Julie Burnett November 22 was my mother’s birthday.  She didn’t make it to her 80th birthday. She did not even make it to her 65th birthday. It’s still very sad to me even though it has been a long time since she passed away. >>Share your own memories of November 22, 1963 with us I have many memories of her birthday parties. There’s one in particular that really stands out. I remember the fragrance of freshly brewed coffee greeting …

Richard Nixon’s Last Epithet

Posted on 08/23/2013 by |In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsAs the Senate Watergate Committee was turning up the heat on President Richard M. Nixon and his closest associates in 1973, chairman Sam Ervin, a North Carolina Democrat, became something of a national folk hero. At his death in 1985, one newspaper remembered him as “a latter-day Diogenes bent on finding the truth in an era of Watergate lies.” But to Nixon, the courtly, 76-year-old Ervin was something else altogether. “The president of the United States can’t be kicked around …

The Walk to Walden’s Woodshed and Other Contradictions in the Obama Budget

Posted on 04/24/2013 by |AARP Media Relations Team | Comments

PoliticsIt’s news these days that the President has dinner with members of Congress. Had President Obama enjoyed more meals or even an occasional beverage with some members of Congress in both parties, he might have found out that putting the Chained CPI in his budget could derail his entire legislative agenda because of the passions roused in both Democrats and Republicans against the proposal.     One of the key messages coming from the White House when the President’s usual …

Cutting Benefits: Washington’s New Way to Thank Veterans for Their Service

Posted on 03/22/2013 by |AARP Media Relations Team | Comments

PoliticsThis week AARP highlights the financial losses veterans would face if a COLA cut known as Chained or Superlative CPI ever became law.  It seemed unlikely that after setting such a different agenda, rumors would still persist that the President wants to cut benefits for children, veterans, people with disabilities, widows, and older Americans in his budget.  If the President also thinks that making such a proposal doesn’t doom his chances to win the House back from GOP control, we …

White House, Congress May Cut Disabled Veteran Benefits Twice

Posted on 03/14/2013 by |AARP Media Relations Team | Comments

PoliticsAARP continues our series of ads about the importance of Social Security. This week we focus on Americans with disabilities because the President and some in Congress stand willing to cut their benefits.  In fact, as AARP notes with more specifics below, if you’re a man or women who defended this nation, your benefits might be slashed twice by the proposal known as Chained or superlative CPI. Let’s first talk about the dramatic dialogue that unfolded at the White House …