Simpson’s Arrogant, Uninformed Social Security Rant: A Turning Point?

By: Monday June 21, 2010 7:15 pm

Jane has already taken aim at the right-wing triumph of ignorance around Alex Lawson’s challenge to Alan Simpson of the cat food commission. But I think there’s just as big a story here: the distancing by even elite commentators of Simpson’s remarks. You just wouldn’t expect to see this coming from Pete Peterson’s Fiscal Times:

Will It Go Round in Circles: Alan Simpson and the Social Security Trust Fund

By: Sunday June 20, 2010 7:00 pm

Former Senator Alan Simpson, the co-chair of President Obama’s deficit commission, complained that the government had spent the money it borrowed from the Social Security trust fund, just as it does with the money it borrows from anyone else.

Alan Simpson: Cutting Social Security Benefits to “Take Care of the Lesser People in Society”

By: Thursday June 17, 2010 4:05 pm

Each time the Catfood Commission holds its secret meetings Alex Lawson of Social Security Works has been outside with his camera, shooting video of the closed front door as FDL runs a live stream on our front page. The Washington Post wrote it up recently. As committee members go in and out of the room Alex asks them questions when he can and yesterday he had an exchange with Alan Simpson that was…well, extraordinary.

Livestreaming the Closed Door Debt Commission Pt. 4: Who’s Cutting In, What’s Getting Cut Out?

By: Wednesday June 16, 2010 8:25 am

This is the fourth installment of our weekly livestream of the Closed Door Debt Commission. The best action is around 9:15am and 11:30am, right as members of the commission are entering and leaving.

With unemployment hovering around 10 percent following the worst economic collapse in 70 years you would think that members of Congress would be working day and night to get Americans back to work. You would be wrong.

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