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Social Security: Alan Simpson offends almost everyone with 'cow' quip

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(Read caption) National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform co-chairs Alan Simpson (l.) and Erskine Bowles (r.) speak at the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington last month. Simpson compared Social Security to a 'milk cow' recently.

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Sen. Alan Simpson (R) of Wyoming has a reputation as one of the funniest men in the US Senate of recent years. He was usually among those politicians former President Reagan gathered at the White House for libations and storytelling when Nancy Reagan was out of town.

But Wednesday, a quip made by the man who is now a co-chair of President Obama's bipartisan deficit commission was no laughing matter – at least to liberal activists and bloggers now calling for his head.

In an e-mail this week to Ashley Carson, executive director of the National Older Women's League (OWL), Simpson compared Social Security to "a milk cow with 310 million [teats]!" Only he didn't say "teats" but something similar, and shall we say, a bit more colorful and perhaps derogatory. And he concluded by telling Ms. Carson to "call when you get honest work!"


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