Our Political Insanity in Three Headlines: Tax Breaks for the Rich, More War, and Cuts to Social Security

By: Thursday November 11, 2010 1:25 pm

To understand how ridiculous the “serious” people are in Washington, and how broken our political debate is, let me draw your attention to the three biggest political stories of the day. Together, they make the clear case that all this so-called concern about the “deficit” is simply a justification the powerful use to attack the [...]

Hell, No! Tell President Obama and His Catfood Commission: Hands off Social Security

By: Wednesday November 10, 2010 2:09 pm

Social Security cuts are coming for “virtually every American alive and those yet to be born,” in the words of Eric Kingson, co-chair of the Strengthen Social Security Campaign.

And for what? Corporate tax cuts. Every member of this commission, every member of Congress, and President Obama himself must reject these insane ideas. We’re starting an emergency petition to President Obama and his Catfood Commission to take Social Security cuts off the table.

Catfood Commission Presser Livestreaming at 1pm ET

By: Wednesday November 10, 2010 9:46 am

The Fiscal Responsibility Commission has just announced that they will have a press conference in the hall outside of the Dirksen office building on the Hill today at 1pm. Alex Lawson, who conducted the now-famous livestream video interview of Catfood Commission co-chair Alan Simpson, is on his way there.  FDL will be livebroadcasting via Ustream [...]

Time to Raise Hell About the Catfood Commission

By: Wednesday September 1, 2010 8:42 am


It’s clear cutting Social Security is the Catfood Commission’s goal. And we’re going to have to go directly to the public to alert them, because we can’t rely on traditional media to get the word out.

Can you please help us run online ads to call out the Catfood Commission?

And Now a Minute and a Half of Righteous Alan Simpson Anger From Cenk Uygur

By: Thursday August 26, 2010 5:56 pm

Cenk Uygur on the Alan Simpson experience (now officially “Tit-gate,” per Brian Beutler): He thinks you’re milking the system, as if it’s his money. YOU paid into Social Security. It’s YOUR money. You’re not milking a damn thing. And: Who killed the pig? Simpson and his friends in Congess, who spent all of your money [...]

OWL Letter to Obama: Administration “Does Not Take Sexism Seriously”

By: Thursday August 26, 2010 2:19 pm

The White House accepted Alan Simpson’s apology regarding the sexist, demeaning comments he made to Ashley Carson of the Older Women’s League, but apparently the Older Women’s League does not. A new letter to President Obama from Donna L. Wagner, President of the Older Women’s League, is still calling for Simpson to be — er, [...]

Nadler: Fire Alan Simpson From the Deficit Commission

By: Thursday August 26, 2010 12:51 pm

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 [...]

President Obama, It’s Time to Can the Catfood Commission

By: Thursday August 26, 2010 9:48 am

On February 18 of 2009, FDL broke the news: Hedge Fund Billionaire Pete Peterson Key Speaker At Obama “Fiscal Responsibility Summit,” Will Tell Us All Why Little Old Ladies Must Eat Cat Food Pete Peterson, the hedge fund billionaire who made his money by not paying his fair share of taxes, has pursued a decades-long [...]

Obama Appointed Deficit Commission Co-Chair Alan Simpson: Social Security Is Like “A Milk Cow With 310 Million Tits”

By: Tuesday August 24, 2010 4:32 pm

Nobody really thought Alan Simpson could top his video appearance with Alex Lawson where he talked about “the lesser people” on Social Security.  But once again, President Obama’s hand-picked Co-Chair of the Catfood Commission tasked with “tweaking” Social Security has proven us all wrong. Simpson has written a letter to Ashley Carson of the Older [...]

Galbraith Blasts Alan Simpson: He “Lacks the Temperament to Do a Fair and Impartial Job” on Deficit Commission

By: Monday July 19, 2010 10:18 am

Billy House and Humberto Sanchez at the National Journal report that Judd Gregg, Kent Conrad and other members of the Catfood Commission are salivating over the chance to push through “historic changes” to Social Security and Medicare in a lame duck Congress, when many members will not have to face electoral repercussions for their votes. [...]