During past equal pay days I participated in bake sales where we sold cookies and brownies to men for $1.00 and to women for .75¢. To the irate men I would respond, "Yes, it is maddening -- if you feel this way about a cookie, think about how we feel over a lifetime."
If Social Security were a private company, its shareholders would be very pleased, as it ran a surplus of $180 billion last year and accumulated a reserve of $2.4 trillion. This is the only government program to run a surplus.
It is easy to criticize AARP for not taking an absolutist position on age rating in the current health care debate. We have a responsibility to pursue advocacy aims that can have a constructive impact.