Mr. Potty Mouth thinks that we DFHs can't grasp the issues of Social Security, but it looks like he's the one needing an education...in losing the misogyny and patronizing attitude:
Alan Simpson believes that Social Security is "like a milk cow with 310 million tits," according to an email he sent to the executive director of National Older Women's League Tuesday morning. Simpson co-chairs the deficit commission, which is considering various proposals to cut Social Security benefits.
Simpson's email, which OWL chief Ashley Carson released publicly, (PDF) was sent in response to an April blog post Carson wrote for the Huffington Post. Carson criticized Simpson for repeatedly describing his Social Security opponents as "Pink Panthers," arguing that the description had sexist connotations.
His email is peppered with exclamation points and condescension. At one point he urged Carson to read a certain graph, "which I hope you are able to discern if you are any good at reading graphs."
Simpson concludes by implying that leading a major organization dedicated to the interests of middle-aged and elderly women is not "honest work."
"If you have some better suggestions about how to stabilize Social Security instead of just babbling into the vapors, let me know," he writes. "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!"
What a charming man. Unsurprisingly, Ashley Carson, to whom Simpson directed this offensive rant, is demanding Simpson's removal from the commission:
I'm sure you are as outraged as I am. Among other things, he said, "We've reached a point now where it's like a milk cow with 310 million tits! Call me when you get honest work." Apparently Mr. Simpson thinks that defending the rights of women is not honest work.
We have set up a petition online calling for his resignation. The National Council of Women's Organizations is behind us and women's leaders are lining up in support.
Please click here to sign the petition:
Remove Alan Simpson
Call the White House and let them know we want Alan Simpson's resignation:
Take a moment to sign the petition and/or contact the White House, will you? It's bad enough that Obama staffed the commission with so many Republicans, Alan Simpson has shown that he doesn't have the temperament, the aptitude or the class to be so influential in the lives of seniors for decades to come.