Jerold Nadler joins fellow Democratic members of Congress calling on President Obama to fire Alan Simpson from the Catfood Commission. He just issued a statement:
We cannot trust the integrity of any product or recommendations of the Commission as long as former Senator Simpson is the Chairman. His insulting and outrageous comments reveal his own mistaken belief that Social Security is a) in crisis, b) about to collapse, and c) contributes to the deficit. None of this is true. In fact, the Social Security Trust Fund has a $2.5 trillion dollar surplus, and it will be able to pay 100 percent of benefits through 2037, according to the Social Security Board of Trustees. What’s more, Social Security has not contributed at all to the federal deficit. It is well known that Simpson has tried time and again over the years to raise the retirement age and cut Social Security benefits, and he makes no attempt to disguise his goals and attitude toward Social Security in his most recent comments.
Furthermore, Simpson demonstrated a total disrespect for women and an unjustifiably contemptuous attitude toward Ashley Carson, Executive Director of the Older Women’s League. His comments were offensive, ignorant, and misleading, and he should be fired immediately.
Nadler is absolutely right about the fact that Simpson has no idea what he’s talking about, and that his comments regarding Social Security alone were “insulting and outrageous” even before he started sending emails to the Older Women’s League about “310 million tits.”
Every member of Congress should be calling for Simpson’s ouster.
But it’s not just Simpson. Rather, Simpson’s comments reflect the far deeper conflicts and illegitimacy of the commission itself.
What’s really going on here is that a Commission called upon to exercise “fiscal responsibility” is packed with people who are strongly inclined to obscure and postone the reckoning on everything else that, unlike Social Security, truly is irresponsible. The wars, the tax cuts, the special deal and subsidies to big corporations.
The Commission is a fundamentally immoral and corrupt undertaking, and that is why it should be shut down. It’s not just because clowns like Simpson have such contempt for seniors. It’s because the commission is really little more than a mechanism to hide another huge transfer of wealth.
It’s a collaboration between corporate America, the executive branch and congress to create a body that will do something no politician wants to take responsibility for: cut Social Security benefits and drive seniors into poverty so that hedge fund billionaires like Pete Peterson won’t have to pay their taxes.