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Another problem is that SCSEP doesn’t seem to train seniors so much as place them in make-work government jobs that are in effect welfare. “SCSEP offers few benefits aside from income support,” concludes CBO.
Indeed, it is questionable how seniors can expect gainful employment by performing part-time, unskilled labor that pays only minimum wage. Amazingly, the Labor Department does not perform independent audits to measure how effectively grantees place seniors in meaningful jobs. Grantees grade themselves. Not surprisingly, AARP consistently boasts a high placement rate.
The time is long overdue to cut off federal subsidies to AARP, worth, at last count, $1.6 billion. It’s grating enough that AARP gets away with blocking Social Security reform through misinformation. But don’t let it do so while it’s feeding at the public trough.
John Carlisle is the Director of Policy at the National Legal and Policy Center, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to promoting ethics in public life.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online