Tales from the Trail

Tit for tat

August 26, 2010

Deficit commission co-chair Alan Simpson has apologized for remarks to a women’s group that compared Social Security to a “milk cow with 310 million tits.”

ITALYBut that is not good enough for the National Organization for Women (NOW),  which has launched a “Tits for an Ass” campaign to toss the former Republican senator off the panel that was created by President Barack Obama to recommend ways to cut the $1.4 trillion deficit.

NOW says that for every $5 donation to the group, it will deliver a baby-bottle nipple to the White House to pressure the administration into dumping Simpson who has made similar colorful remarks about the retirement program in the past.

The “T and A” battle started with an email that Simpson wrote to Ashley Carson, the executive director of OWL, which stands for the Older Women’s League. OWL, which formed in the 1970′s as a part of  NOW, calls itself the voice of midlife and older women. In the email, Simpson not only called Social Security a milk cow, he told Carson to “call when you get honest work.” 

NOW called the email “a sexist rant.”

Some lawmakers have joined the fray, demanding Simpson go.  Senator Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, and Representative Peter DeFazio, an Oregon Democrat, put out statements late Wednesday urging Obama to dismiss Simpson, who heads the 18-member bipartisan panel alongside Democrat Erskine Bowles. The commission is to make its recommendations on putting the federal budget on a more sound fiscal footing in December.

The commission posted Simpson’s letter of apology to Carson on its web site. Simpson said that when he makes a mistake, “It’s a doozy! ” He suggested the two get together to discuss OWL’s concerns.

Photo credit:  REUTERS/Jeff Green (File photo of dairy cows at a farm in central Washington state), REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi (White donkey in the national park of Asinara Island)

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