August 25th, 2010
02:52 PM ET
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Co-chair of Obama debt panel under fire for remarks

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="An advocacy group is calling for the ouster of former Sen. Alan Simpson."]New York ( - An advocacy group is calling for the ouster of former Sen. Alan Simpson, the co-chairman of President Obama's bipartisan debt commission, who described Social Security as a "milk cow with 310 million tits!" in an email.

Ashley Carson, executive director of the Older Women's League, wrote in a blog post in April that Simpson is targeting Social Security to fix the deficit even though it "doesn't contribute" to the country's debt problem. She also accused Simpson of "disgusting ageism and sexism" in characterizing those who oppose cuts to benefits as "Gray Panthers" and "Pink Panthers."

In his email to Carson, which was sent Monday night, Simpson said he is defending Social Security, not trying to undermine it, and referred her to information showing the program's long-range shortfalls.

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  1. Lois Engel

    GOOD GRIEF – get a life people. I run a farm TEATS – TITS – whatever, maybe he is a city boy. Get over yourself and find something real to worry about. I have paid into SS for 52 years – get it I PAID IN. SS is broke because the bums raided the account, the bums stole my money. I can't worry about tits or teats, I worry about the bums in charge.

    August 25, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. Larry C Wilson

    Retirement age should be raised to 70 in response to longer life spans.

    August 25, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. johnrj08

    As long as Simpson is being truthful when he says he's supporting Social Security, that's all that matters. I hope this commission can come up with a way to protect the Social Security fund from future raids.

    August 25, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. JES

    What a jerk.

    You should be one of the milk cows but the DC crowd knew it isn't worth a grain of salt. We all wish we had your kind of retiremnet the best tax payers can pay for.

    You are nothing but old crusted crap and we have to listen to you.

    I don't care what party you are from get the hell out of dodge.


    August 25, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. sammieb51

    Yes, and that "tit" that every taxpayer pays into, has been feeding Congress for years - now that the well has run dry and that $2.5 TRILLION surplus in SS is gone, oh well folks, lets dump the system and start over and oh BTW, good luck on your retirement plans. What, we didn't take enough of your private investments in 2008 when the market crashed, but we got all the social security coffers. Good.

    August 25, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. Tony


    You meant the "intelligentsia," right?

    August 25, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. bill

    mr president .simpson has got to go period.we got too many fools making decisions for us now.these remarks have no place in american society.

    August 25, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. Eric

    To those saying LBJ or Reagan or some other president started raiding SSI, you need to set the dial on your WayBack Machine a little further back... think "from the inception of the program."

    FDR's programs were IMMEDIATE slush funds for politicians who very quickly realized they can rob the populace and then in turn, bribe the public and buy their votes with their own tax money, by way of great new "programs" they introduce.

    August 25, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. NVa Native

    Stupid is a stupid does. This guy has been saying crazy stuff for years.
    Strange that some claim SS was meant to be suplemental income? At best that's all it is, you would starve and be out in the cold if you tried to live off of it.
    Augsbee – back in form as the town bigot spewing nonsense slandering un-wed mothers?? So you are for abortion rights, but only for "welfare mothers"?
    phoenix86 – barfing out same jibberish.
    But is just fine to pay $800 for a screw driver at the Pentagon, hire Blackwater/Z mercenaries to muder and destroy, give BP and other oil/coal companies tax subsides, give away public land to these same corporations, so long as it's not the poor or working class – but the wealthy you don't mind giving away money to them. Such a cancer.

    August 25, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. js007

    Even the Republicans picked by Obama have a complete disrespect for the less well-off. You trust this guy with Social Security? It would be like putting BP in charge of the Gulf clean-up...oh wait...

    August 25, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. John from Massapeuqa NY

    To all you Liberal/Statists who (1) Failed to get a good education, (2) were an unwed teenage mother, (3) got addicted to drugs, (4) are just plain lazy or (4) committed crimes and want to take money from the productive people in society who did not do these things, according to the most recent RasmussenPoll 29% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction. That must be you. You were foosl for counting on the government to take care of you in your old age in the first place. Social Security was a Democratic Ponzi scheme doomed from the start and only got worse as your Liberal Democratic party added more beneficiaries. Do your homework. Anyone with any brains and a career doesn't even count on Social Security. So you have no one to blame but yourselves, as usual but of course you are all "victims" of someone else.

    August 25, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  12. Lynn

    Anybody who suggests retirement should be raised to 70 isn't near that age yet. I retired at 65 because I was pooped and tired of working since early teens. That was 11 yrs. ago and I still am enjoying retirement.

    August 25, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. Lou

    Who cares it does not matter who is on it. The panel was created by the master spender himself Obama so that house is built on sand. Liberals are not interested in American prosperity but destroying wealth. Its all show – no substance just like its creator of the panel.

    August 25, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. margo

    As far as I am concerned the republicans and the democrats are all the same. The government is not for the working people and every year it gets worse. Then comments like that...he is sucking up all that big money at our expense, it is just disgraceful. I don't trust no one politician, they are all greedy, self-serving and arrogant. I have worked all my life and paid into social security, politicians just get everything handed to them. I find it hard to watch the news, all you hear is bad economic news and downgrading remarks about the people who put those low life idiots in government.

    August 25, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. Louis

    Mandatory Alzheimers's testing for all senior members of Congress.

    August 25, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. B.B.

    Social Security is a contract with Americans who work hard to bulid a future to the next generation. Alan Simpson should be removed!

    August 25, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "milk cow with 310 million tits!" in an email.

    Did he include himself and everyone else in government that has been sucking at the cows' tit since Social Security was established??

    Tell us something we don't know.

    All this freaking fake outrage is tiresome.

    August 25, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  18. Laverne

    I am a woman and I am not offended by what he said. He was using this as an analogy. If he had said, SS was like a woman with 310 million tits, that would offend me, but a cow has nothing to do with me as a woman. Women just happen to NOT be the only species that have tits! Relax people.

    August 25, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. Gobama!

    John from whatsapooki NY, you are proof that the GOP wants to end SS. We will defeat you. Thanks – Dems.

    August 25, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  20. Daaa

    Republicans have been trying to kill every safety net program for decades. Simpson is a self-righteous, sometimes unbalanced, well, Republican–an Oxymoron or just moron.

    August 25, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. kowa

    He's right because half the people on it hardly paid into it and that's why its going broke. Carter enacted legislation that put aliens into elgivbility for Social Security and they took a lot of it.

    August 25, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. gt

    get a life lady ,,, ugh ...

    August 25, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. Laura

    Just send Social Security to Vegas then and let it earn its money that way. A win-win!

    August 25, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  24. Tim

    It's not like her referred to Nancy Pelosi's old, sagging was a spot on comment.

    August 25, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  25. G4

    Okay so he was kind of rude but its also kind of true. People assume that they automatically deserve to retire at 65, even if they haven't saved, even if they haven't paid alot into social security, even if the average life expectancy is going up and up.....Social Security was a ponzi scheme from the begining so it was bound to fail. The only way to solve this dilemna is to raise the retirement age to 72, come up with a formula that better ties contributions to benefits and to means test out the top 5% of the country from even getting the benefit (or possibly giving them back only as much as they paid in?)

    August 25, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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