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Alan Simpson Does Not Belong on This Jury

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

Imagine if Social Security were put on trial. There isn't a judge in the land that would let Alan Simpson, the co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, stay on the jury.

The Macro Economics Social Security - Part Three

Samuel H. Williamson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Samuel H. Williamson

From the comments on the previous postings, I see that I am still not getting my points across to everyone. SirWillae does not like comparing Socia...

Arthur Delaney

Edward Coyle, Retiree Advocate: No Judge 'Would Allow Alan Simpson To Serve On A Jury If Social Security Were On Trial' | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Opponents of cutting Social Security benefits for retired Americans won't relent in their mission to convince President Obama that Alan Simpson should...

David Cote, Obama Deficit Commissioner, Threatens Small Town with Nuclear Annihilation

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

Cote is willing to risk nuclear fallout in order to demand that uranium workers agree to cutting their retiree health care and pension plans, all in the name of corporate profits.

Weekly Audit: Why Do Deficit Hawks Hate Social Security?

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

by Zach Carter, Media Consortium blogger Last week, Social Security advocates learned something they had long suspected. Arguments for cutting Social ...

Alan Simpson: Totally Lucky He's Not a Democrat

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

It's strange that the administration is defending a man who seems hellbent on slashing benefits while co-chairing Obama's Catfood Commission.

Coup d'Etat: Standard & Poor's Is Now Giving Orders to Congress ... and the American People

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Standard & Poor's just put our elected officials on notice: Submit to the proclamations of the Deficit Commission or we'll downgrade our rating of government debt. That's blackmail, plain and simple.

Senator Simpson's Quick Budget Quiz

Dean Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dean Baker

If Alan Simpson can restrain his curses and insults long enough, maybe we can find out if he is actually qualified for the deficit commission position he holds. All we know right now is that he doesn't know barnyard animal anatomy.

Simpson's 'Tits' Are the Least of It

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Social Security is in surplus until 2037. Yet the idea that the road to recovery leads through cuts in Social Security, Medicare, and other social outlays that are keeping the depression from worsening, if anything, is gaining traction among opinion elites.

I don't care what Alan Simpson said

Sam Seder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sam Seder

I don't mind Alan Simpson's foul mouth. I'm a grown up. I don't care that he refers to me and most Americans as the lesser people. Am I surprised a gu...

Angering a Key Constituency: Women Leaders Ask the President to Fire Alan Simpson

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Women's organizations today demanded the resignation of Simpson, indicating that Simpson and his Commission could be a greater political liability among women voters than most observers initially suspected.

Milk Cow Blues: Why the Alan Simpson Flap Won't Go Away

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

It's hard not to be impressed by the science-fiction weirdness of that "giant milk cow" image, which seems like a mashup of The Matrix and Babe. But the fact that he spews abuse is less of a problem than his lack of comprehension.

Simpson Social Security Comments Highlight Battle of Democracy vs. Plutocracy

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

This country that was once run by "We, the People" has become a country where the ruling elites can talk about the public as babies, the unemployed as parasites who are jobless because they are "lazy."

Senator Simpson: He's Not Just Offensive, He's Ignorant

Dean Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dean Baker

While Simpson's comments were certainly offensive, the Senator's ignorance about the basic facts on Social Security is an even more important reason for him to leave his position.

Intemperate, Ignorant, Uncivil, Unqualified: Why Alan Simpson Must Go

Eric Kingson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Kingson

Former Senator Alan Simpson should be removed from the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. And so should Social Security, but f...

'A Milk Cow With 310 Million Tits'

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

I've been saying for a while now that the real threat to Social Security isn't just the privatization hawks like Pete Peterson or retirement age exper...

Alan Simpson Embarrasses Obama, Insults Women, and, Well, Everyone

Natale Zimmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Natale Zimmer

Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Commission Co-Chair Alan Simpson has crossed the line. We're all entitled to our own opinions, but not our own facts. And when he didn't like the facts, he took to personal insults and profanity.

"310 Million Tits" -- If Simpson Doesn't Resign, the President Must Fire Him

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Alan Simpson's latest rant crosses the line once and for all. It demonstrates conclusively that he possesses neither the judgment nor the emotional stability to carry out his mission.

Ryan Grim

Alan Simpson: Social Security Is 'A Milk Cow With 310 Million Tits' | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE: Friday 2:51 p.m. - The campaign to oust Alan Simpson from President Obama's deficit commission took a creative turn on Friday, with the launch...

"Tit Man" Alan Simpson Makes An Ass of Himself -- Women's Groups Call for Resignation

Martha Burk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martha Burk

The flamboyant co-chair of Obama's Fiscal Commission, Former Republican Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming, who became an instant You-Tube star earlier this summer with a rant against senior citizens, is at it again big-time.

Tea Party Pushes Back Against Anti-Social Security K Street GOP

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

Daniel Webster, the former Florida State Senate Majority leader and a rising star within the GOP, seems to have gotten himself in hot water with some of the Tea Party movements biggest backers -- senior citizens.

A Misguided Deficit Commission

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

The Obama Administration's Deficit Commission is at best errant in its mission and at worst a bait-and-switch ploy being run on the American people.

Social Security: The "IOU ... Nothin'" Argument Strikes Again

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Employees and employers paid into the Social Security fund for the sole purpose of providing benefits. Politicians raided the kitty to borrow the funds for other purposes. We as a nation have an ethical responsibility to pay it back.

Come on Down -- It's Time to Play "Social Security Survivor"!

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Some deficit cutters will promise that lower-income people will not see benefit cuts. But any cuts will break the covenant under which workers have paid payroll taxes for a lifetime. And the question remains: Where will you cut?

Which Side Are You On? Alice Rivlin and the Wall Street Bailout King, or Social Security?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

There's only one problem with the argument that Social Security spending "drives out" education and other budget items: Those aging people have paid into a self-sustaining program for their entire working lives.