Alan Simpson, the chairman of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform aka the Cat Food Commission compared Social Security to "a milk cow with 310 million tits." Remember he supported the crazy plan under GWB to privatize Social Security. He also made ugly comments to Ashley Carson, executive director of the Older Women's League, in an email in response to Carson's post discussing some other crazy things Simpson said, "If you have some better suggestions about how to stabilize Social Security instead of just babbling into the vapors, let me know," and "Call me when you get honest work." Nice. A large number of the people who collect social security are living in poverty, especially women, because women get paid less than men. That makes his comments even more disgusting. The White House decided not to fire him, unbelievably. This is a slap in the face to all of the retired people and disabled on social security. Hell, it's a slap in the face to anyone who is paying into it for their own retirement and disability insurance.
My main question about this story is why the hell did President Obama put a man who has always detested Social Security and Medicare while going after anyone who defend them on this committee? Clearly this means our president does not value Social Security because if he did someone like Alan Simpson would not be on this committee. Hell they would be told not to touch Social Security or Medicare if Obama valued them.
Social Security is not the problem, it will be solvent for a long time if managed well. The reason this country is having problems with solvency is WARS and hundreds of MILITARY bases all over the world, this includes the WAR ON DRUGS. It also costs a lot of money to put a large number of the population in PRISON. Then there are the covert operations we don’t even know about and the secret America that has been installed to gather information about all of us. Why are the middle and lower class citizens of this country made to bear the brunt of this problem after they took our money and gave it to corporations who continued to pay big bonuses? I don’t remember any of us being asked it was ok to bailout corporations with CEOs who are paid unbelievable salaries. Then health care costs are part of the problem, but instead of cutting the costs way back on medications for Medicare we got back door deals with big pharma. If they really wanted to cut health care costs single payer would have been the way to go. The tax cuts for the wealthy have also contributed to the deficit, why not reverse this Bush era mistake? Lies and the lying liars who tell them.