Alan Simpson, the ‘Cat Food Commission,’ Milk Cows and Cowering

August 26, 2010

(ChattahBox)—Alan Simpson, co-chair of the White House’s Commission on Fiscal Reform is very, very sorry, sort of, for blasting social security, as “a milk cow with 310 million tits!” in an email response to a critic. And the White House has accepted his apology and is now closing its eyes and blocking its ears, hoping the uproar will just magically disappear. But it won’t. Simpson, former Republican Senator from Wyoming, has made a career out of demonizing entitlement programs along with the recipients. He recently called people on Social Security, “lesser people.” Simpson, issued the expected mea culpa for his insulting and demeaning remarks, made in an email to Ashley Carson, executive director of the Older Women’s League, saying he made “a doozy” of a mistake. But is it a mistake, or what the 79-year-old former Senator really believes?

What did he say? He suggested that Carson didn’t know what she was talking about, as an advocate for poor elderly women dependent on social security to keep them from dining on cans of cat food every night.

“If you have some better suggestions about how to stabilize Social Security instead of just babbling into the vapors, let me know. And yes, I’ve made some plenty smart cracks about people on Social Security who milk it to the last degree. You know ‘em too. It’s the same with any system in America. We’ve reached a point now where it’s like a milk cow with 310 million tits! Call when you get honest work!”

After an uproar and calls for Simpson to resign or be fired, he issued an apology, saying “Over the last 40 years, I have had my size 15 feet in my mouth a time or two. To quote my old friend and colleague, Senator Lloyd Bentsen, when I make a mistake, ‘It’s a doozy!’ ’’

But The New York Times’ Paul Krugman isn’t buying it. He believes Simpson should be sacked for his disdainful view of Social Security, a program he’s tasked with saving not eliminating. Krugman’s take on the deficit commission, is that it’s merely pandering to the right.

“I’ve also had my eye on Alan Simpson, the supposedly grown-up Republican co-chair, who has been talking nonsense about Social Security from the get-go.” [...]

“When you have a commission dedicated to the common good, and the co-chair dismisses Social Security as a “milk cow with 310 million tits,” you either have to get rid of him or admit that you’re completely, um, cowed by the right wing, that IOKIYAR rules completely.”

Really, Alan Simpson is the perfect man for the job of co-chairing Obama’s “cat food commission.”


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