A cynic, they say, is a disappointed idealist. After nearly 40 years in Washington, D.C., I’ve had enough disappointments to justify my cynicism. The most recent is “Behind the Veil: The AARP America Doesn’t Know,” a highly promoted report about the lobby group for older Americans produced earlier this year by two Republican members of the House of Representatives.
I have nothing to say about the policy positions the authors take in the report. But I am disappointed to witness, once again, the willingness of smart, sophisticated, educated and professional people (including lawyers) to ignore a fact, base a policy position on it and then publicize their ignorance of it.