Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Robert Wilkerson: Who’s targeting the AARP?

  Big bucks are being spent by the 60 Plus Association for attack ads accusing AARP of selling out to Obamacare, trying to raise our taxes, increase our utility bills, and take money out of our wallets.

  Since I have known AARP to be an organization that stands up for seniors, have attended their meetings, and have read many of their newsletters, I was shocked by such allegations. Then, I remembered something my mother taught me years ago, “You have to consider the source.”

  60 Plus is a 501(c) (4) organization. They are not required to disclose who their donors are, and they don’t. I wonder what they have to hide. While they claim to be “nonpartisan,” they endorse only Republican candidates, and run attack ads opposing Democrats. They spend millions of dollars trying to influence elections. They have often been accused of being a front for large pharmaceutical companies, but it has never been proven. They are presently involved in opposing certain healthcare reform proposals, opposing federal energy standards, opposing the structure of the General Motors bailout, supporting the Stop Online Piracy Act, and opposing tax increases.

  I hate attack ads. They often consist of innuendos, half-truths, and just plain lies. I have considered the source, and after doing so, I don’t give much, if any, credibility to the ads or to 60 Plus.

  About the author: Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and founder of People for the Christian Way, an organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life. Drbobwilkerson[at]bellsouth.net, http://www.people-for-the-christian-way.org.

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