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OK, so actress Sharon Stone is not your average "older American" and most likely will never have to rely on amnesty for illegal aliens to keep her financial portfolio out of harm's way.

And it's also highly likely that Ms. Stone even bothered to read the September AARP Bulletin, in which Sens. Job McCain (R-AZ) and Charles Schumer (D-NY), both members of the Gang of Eight that created the amnesty bill approved by the Senate in June, ask readers in separate opinion pieces to encourage their members of Congress to get behind what would be the 8th amnesty since 1986 because it would "help older Americans."

Of course, neither go into details because as all clever politicians who have honed the art of CYA to a fine edge know, details have a way of coming back to haunt. And, oh, they also remind us that our immigration system is "broken" without telling us why and by whom.

McCain, who has carried water for illegal aliens for more than a quarter century but ended up with an empty bucket in 2008, says amnesty would shore up Social Security and Medicare; Schumer says the same thing but also offers that these "new Americans" would mean new jobs that will benefit unemployed Americans in their 50s.

Right. When was the last time you read a news story about employers falling over themselves to hire graying Americans just this side of their "golden years?" Well, OK, if you want to count those citizens who in increasing numbers are working in the fast food industry or stocking shelves in big-box stores . . .

Anybody who talks about looking out for the "old folks" normally creates a warm and fuzzy feeling among us, but why didn't these two senior senators note how their plan to give work permits to 11 million illegal aliens and double annual legal immigration to 2 million people would benefit any of the 20 million Americans who can't find full-time work? Would only the "old" cash in on what Schumer says is "smart, fair and practical immigration reform legislation"?

AARP is an ardent supporter of amnesty, but the least the Bulletin's editorial staff could have done to demonstrate that they have some clue about balanced journalism was to combine the McCain/Schumer arguments into one op-ed and include a piece by someone who opposes another effort to reward lawbreakers who have stolen jobs belonging to Americans.

If you are an AARP member who knows beyond a doubt that you just didn't fall off the back of a turnip truck, drop them a letter to the editor - Bulletin@aarp.org - with your name and address expressing your disappointment with the McCain/Schumer hogwash.

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