Nadler Calls on Obama to Fire Deficit Commission Co-Chair

Congressman Jerrold Nadler is calling on President Obama to oust former Senator Alan Simpson from his position as co-chair of the bipartisan deficit commission.

On Monday, Simpson sent a rather nasty e-mail to Ashley Carson of the Older Women’s League, chastising her for a piece she wrote about Social Security.

“I’ve spent many years in public life trying to stabilize that system while people like you babble into the vapors about ‘disgusting attempts at ageism and sexism’ and all the rest of that crap,” Simpson wrote. He said Social Security was in trouble and likened it to “a milk cow with 310 million tits!”

And, in closing: “Call when you get honest work!”

Simpson has apologized, and the president has said he will remain on the commission, much to Nadler’s (and Paul Krugman’s) chagrin

“We cannot trust the integrity of any product or recommendations of the Commission as long as former Senator Simpson is the Chairman,” Nadler wrote in a statement, before taking issue with several of Simpson’s factual claims.

“Furthermore, Simpson demonstrated a total disrespect for women and an unjustifiably contemptuous attitude toward Ashley Carson, Executive Director of the Older Women’s League. His comments were offensive, ignorant, and misleading, and he should be fired immediately,” Nadler wrote.

Here is the statement in full:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) called on President Obama to fire former Senator Alan Simpson from his position as Co-Chairman of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform in light of Simpson’s recent remarks regarding Social Security. Nadler issued the following 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 mistaken belief that Social Security is a) in crisis, b) about to collapse, and c) contributes to the deficit. None of this is true. In fact, the Social Security Trust Fund has a $2.5 trillion dollar surplus, and it will be able to pay 100 percent of benefits through 2037, according to the Social Security Board of Trustees. What’s more, Social Security has not contributed at all to the federal deficit. It is well known that Simpson has tried time and again over the years to raise the retirement age and cut Social Security benefits, and he makes no attempt to disguise his goals and attitude toward Social Security in his most recent comments.

“Furthermore, Simpson demonstrated a total disrespect for women and an unjustifiably contemptuous attitude toward Ashley Carson, Executive Director of the Older Women’s League. His comments were offensive, ignorant, and misleading, and he should be fired immediately.”

Nadler Calls on Obama to Fire Deficit Commission Co-Chair