The AARP has been completely silent about the Obama administration’s recent endorsement of blatant age discrimination in employment by Starbucks, Walmart and Microsoft, not to mention the hiring program operated by the federal government that blatantly discriminates against older workers.
So what does concern the AARP, which has 37 million members aged 50 and above and describes itself as the leading advocacy group for older Americans?
A Google search on Wednesday for “AARP” led to AARP.org (a.k.a. ‘AARP – Health, Travel Deals, Baby Boomers, Over 50, Online Games, Retirement Plans). The AARP’s main web page today is focused on beach-themed movies and editorial copy that appears to lead to various AARP-branded commercial services that sell products related to caregiving, internet use, etc.
Yes, the AARP is trumpeting beach movies: “To mark the 50th anniversary of the Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon classic Beach Blanket Bingo, we take a look at 10 other beach movies that have a lot more to offer than surfboards and bongos.”
Wouldn’t it be nice if the AARP was about more than surfboards and bongos?