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Alan Simpson: 'What A Wretched Group Of Seniors You Must Be'

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Former Sen. Alan Simpson is not happy with the California Alliance for Retired Americans.

In an April letter full of bad language, the pugnacious Wyoming Republican criticized the seniors group for a flyer that protested a deficit reduction plan from the task force he co-chaired with Clinton administration honcho Erskine Bowles.

"Your little flyer entitled 'Bowles! Simpson! Stop using the deficit as a phony excuse to gut our Social Security!' is one of the phoniest excuses for a 'flyer' I have ever seen," Simpson wrote on his official Senate stationery.

"What a wretched group of seniors you must be to use the faces of the very young people that we are trying to save, while the 'greedy geezers' like you use them as a tool and a front for your nefarious bunch of crap," Simpson continued. "You must feel some sense of shame for shoveling this bullshit."

The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, created by President Barack Obama in 2010 to craft a plan to tackle the nation's structural budget deficits, recommended trimming Social Security costs, by raising the retirement age and creating a new formula for calculating benefits, in order to save money. The Simpson-Bowles plan, as it is known, would also slightly increase Social Security payroll taxes.

The California Alliance for Retired Americans is not a fan of the plan.

Neither Simpson nor the California Alliance immediately responded to requests for comment.

The Social Security trust fund has enough money to pay full benefits until 2033, according to the most recent trustees report, at which point incoming Social Security tax revenue would be sufficient to pay 75 percent of benefits.

Simpson has previously called Social Security "a milk cow with 310 million tits!"

Click HERE to download a PDF of Simpson's letter, which was forwarded to media by the AFL-CIO.

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