Tales from the Trail

Tit for tat

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.

Social Security and milking cows

An email by deficit commission co-chair Alan Simpson saying the Social Security retirement program has reached a point “where it’s like a milk cow with 310 million tits” is prompting calls for his resignation.

Ashley Carson, executive director of OWL which calls itself the voice of midlife and older women, said the email sent to her by Simpson was “insulting.” Other comments about “greedy geezers” by the former Republican senator fail to recognize that many older women rely on less than $12,000 a year in Social Security benefits, she said.ECONOMY/JOBS

“We’re demanding for Mr. Simpson to step down as co-chair,” Carson said, adding that if he won’t go voluntarily, then President Barack Obama, who created the commission, should ask him to leave.