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Old 03-14-2010, 02:49 PM   #21
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One mans trash in another's treasure... There lobbying efforts is one reason why I don't support them.
I'll support any group that lobbies for things that at least conceivably might help me. All the other guys are supporting lobbyists who want to damage me.

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I'll support any group that lobbies for things that at least conceivably might help me. All the other guys are supporting lobbyists who want to damage me.

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Old 03-14-2010, 04:50 PM   #23
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And the membership is cheap.
Yeah, not nearly what we pay the Insurance and Bank lobby, for instance.
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Yep, and I like their magazine too!
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Yep, and I like their magazine too!
Yeah, that centerfold gal is something else!
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Old 03-23-2010, 06:14 AM   #26
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what discounts can I get with this card that aren't travel-related?
Well, apart from travel and restaurants AARP also has a discounted Insurance program with The Hartford for auto and home insurance (http://aarp.thehartford.com/?PLCode=031026). Members save up to $400 with it which I guess is not a bad deal at all! Happy Shopping!
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Well, apart from travel and restaurants AARP also has a discounted Insurance program with The Hartford for auto and home insurance (Auto Insurance | Car Insurance | AARP Home & Auto Insurance Program). Members save up to $400 with it which I guess is not a bad deal at all! Happy Shopping!
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REWahoo, I'm not spamming. AARP does have a collaboration with The Hartford for auto and home insurance policies and provides benefits to its members. Take a look at the concerned page of AARP website (http://www.aarpfinancial.com/content...ducts_Auto.cfm) for details. I hope this helps.
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Unlike most of this group, I like AARP and enjoy the magazine they send me monthly. It has interesting information. They were also very helpful about health insurance for me after COBRA runs out. There is a lot of info on their website, and the membership is free. I think they are trying very hard to advocate for programs that will ultimately help seniors. Just my 2 cents folks - I don't want to start a war here.
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REWahoo, I'm not spamming. AARP does have a collaboration with The Hartford for auto and home insurance policies and provides benefits to its members. Take a look at the concerned page of AARP website (AARP Financial - Automobile) for details. I hope this helps.


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I get stuff from AARP regularly, it goes directly in the waste paper basket and never makes it out of the post office.
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I get stuff from AARP regularly, it goes directly in the waste paper basket and never makes it out of the post office.
You are missing out on all the fun! Before you leave the post office, rip out every "Business Reply Mail" card in the AARP publications, write a nasty note to them (or whoever is advertising in the AARP publications) and drop them right in the mailbox. The recipient pays for postage on all these things when they get them, and they'll get to see what people think of their organization and their politics. As a bonus, think of it as your own personal stimulus plan for USPS workers.
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For us, belonging to the AARP has been similar to the yrs DW belonged to a strong union with an active and powerful local. Like AARP, the union local sometimes negotiated for benefits that to me, observing as a citizen of the community, seemed far reaching, unreasonable, excessively expensive, unsustainable in the long run or just plain selfish (they grabbed because they could). Literature that arrived at the house in the mail was often so full of ridiculous propaganda, we couldn't get it to the trash fast enough. But.......... hey, the benefits obtained were landing right on our plate. And they were emmmm, emmmm good! So, despite it not being a closed shop, DW maintained membership (although was not active in any leadership role) and just accepted any "too good to be true" or "good for us but probably not good for the community" benefits with a shrug.

We do the same thing with AARP. My eyes roll back when I see some of what they're advocating. Yet, in aggregate, they seem to do more good than harm and at 62 yo I prefer to have someone looking out for my interests even if I disagree with some of the details.

Membership is so cheap that even thinking about cost as a consideration of belonging is silly. It's really a matter of whether you want them there or want them gone.
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You are missing out on all the fun! Before you leave the post office, rip out every "Business Reply Mail" card in the AARP publications, write a nasty note to them (or whoever is advertising in the AARP publications) and drop them right in the mailbox. The recipient pays for postage on all these things when they get them, and they'll get to see what people think of their organization and their politics. As a bonus, think of it as your own personal stimulus plan for USPS workers.
I like to take postage paid envelopes and put all the contents of what I received in that envelope and send it back to them.
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