Monday, February 21, 2005

Swift Boat Attack Ordered on AARP 

Glen Justice reported today on the new offensive under way in the Bush Administration’s war on Social Security.

Since stage one of the Social Security ‘shock and awe’ plan has unexpectedly shocked the American public without inspiring awe, stage two is being designed with a viciousness sure to get the attention of even the most listless audience. Yes folks, the Swifties are being brought back for a reprise of the hatchet haircut they so successfully gave John Kerry last year. Who’s this year’s lucky winner? Why AARP (American Association of Retired People), of course. They oppose privatization and therefore, must die.

“"They are the boulder in the middle of the highway to personal savings accounts," said Charlie Jarvis, president of USA Next and former deputy under secretary of the interior in the Reagan and first Bush administrations. "We will be the dynamite that removes them."

Though it is not clear how much money USA Next has in hand for the campaign - Mr. Jarvis will not say, and the group, which claims 1.5 million members, does not have to disclose its donors - officials say that the group's annual budget was more than $28 million last year.”

USA Next has engaged many of the consultants who orchestrated last year’s Swift Boat Veteran attack ads and publications, designed to soften up John Kerry before the Democratic Convention. Their strategy is apparently focused on portraying AARP as a liberal organization whose goals are not representative of their membership’s views.

"We are going to take them on in hand-to-hand combat," said Mr. Jarvis.

Imagine the older Americans involved, locked in a death grip with the likes of Art Linkletter, USA Next’s National Chairman. It's not going to be pretty. If you work for AARP, it's time to buy a shredder.

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