silverfox1 saidThey MUST have lowered the age limit yes? YES?
It is like....I don't mind turning a certain age but getting this piece of mail gave me pause.
By the way, anyone in AARP? Is it worth anything to join?
I got my invite as I turned 50. And I wondered 2 things: how did they know my exact birthday, as well as my exact mailing address? This was back in 1999.
Well, ya know, I thought the US government was supposed to keep my personal information confidential. I'm not aware of anyone else who had it. So what is the US government doing giving my private information to a commercial organization, like AARP? Even my address, and date of birth?
As a result, I've refused to join AARP in the 11 years since. I don't care what they offer in benefits, they had no business invading my privacy.
Naturally I don't expect any Member of Congress to question this, since the AARP is a powerful lobby group, that no politician would dare offend. Another example of why US politics are broken, our alleged democracy owned lock-stock-and-barrel by special interest groups, who really call the shots behind the scenes.
I've called what we have in the US an oligarchy in the past here, and some others have proposed the term plutocracy, but the result is roughly the same. The ordinary people have little to say in the government, which is run by an elite class. I hate to preach revolution, but what else is left to us?