Obama should fire Alan Simpson. It is rather incredible that he would have put someone on his deficit commission (a/k/a Catfood Commission) who had such a patently reactionary agenda, but it really is part of a pattern.
The irritating thing about this “bi-partisan”, Pete Peterson dominated commission is that it is solely a creature of Obama. Recall that the Republicans, since the oppose everything, opposed creating one by legislation, so Obama created one himself, packed it with conservatives, and then got Pelosi to agree to guarantee an up or down vote on its recommendations.
Simpson is the co-chair, and his recent email to a representative of the Older Women’s League tells you all you need to know about his social security agenda. Recall, as you read it, that Simpson held government jobs for years, and presently draws a government pension that he has not suggested changing:
If you have some better suggestions about how to stabilize Social Security instead of just babbling into the vapors, let me know. 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!
Your future is in Simpson’s hands. If Obama does nothing he will be enlisting in Simpson’s cause. He will accomplish what Bush could not: the slow but certain destruction of Social Security.