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AARP slammed for not fighting Social Security cuts

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The most powerful lobby for older Americans is being hammered by fellow activists for refusing to oppose any and all cuts to Social Security benefits.

David Certner, the organization's director of legislative policy, says the group continues to adamantly oppose cutting Social Security benefits to help reduce the federal budget deficit. But, he says, for years AARP has acknowledged that cuts to future benefits may be necessary to improve the program's finances.

Certner says a Wall Street Journal story which quoted AARP's longtime policy chief, John Rother, as saying the agency was dropping its longstanding opposition to cutting Social Security benefits was inaccurate.

Social Security's finances face long-term problems because the massive retirement and disability system is being hit by a wave of retiring baby boomers. Social Security's actuaries say the trust funds that support the program will be drained by 2036 unless Congress acts.

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