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Groups call for Alan Simpson's resignation over 'sexist' letter

Update at 5:30 pm

By Matt DeLong

Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.), the outspoken co-chair of President Obama's debt commission, is in hot water with some advocacy groups after he sent an e-mail to National Older Women's League Executive Director Ashley Carson comparing Social Security to "a milk cow with 310 million tits!"

The letter was a response to a column Carlson wrote for the Huffington Post in April defending the entitlement program titled "Enough with the Pink Panthers bit." From Simpson's letter:

There may be no group called the Pink Panthers working to protect Social Security but I sure as hell am! 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 signs off by writing "Call when you get honest work!"

OWL on Wednesday launched an online petition calling for Simpson to resign from his position over the "offensive and sexist" e-mail. Fox News reports that Social Security Works has joined OWL in calling for Simpson's ouster.

Simpson, a longtime critic of Social Security, has come under fire previously for suggesting "greedy geezers" are trying to protect their retirement checks while their grandchildren face a mounting national debt.

The bipartisan fiscal commission is set to issue recommendations for reining in the national debt in December, after the midterm elections.

UPDATE: Simpson has apologized in a letter:

I apologize for what I wrote. I can see that my remarks have caused you anguish, and that was not my intention. I certainly did not intend to diminish your hard work for the Older Women's League. I know you care deeply about strengthening Social Security, and so do I, just as deeply. I remember your testimony at our public hearing in June about the importance of retirement security for women. Over the last 40 years, I have had my size 15 feet in my mouth a time or two. To quote my old friend and colleague, Senator Lloyd Bentsen, when I make a mistake, "It's a doozy!"

He said he didn't respond sooner because he's on vacation and suggested a meeting with Carlson.

2nd UPDATE: Astute reader W.A.D. points out that Simpson was repurposing H.L. Mencken, who criticized the New Deal as "a milk cow with 25 million teats."

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The Mencken quote characterizes F.D.R's concept of government as "a milch (German spelling)cow with 135 million teats"; that number being the approximate population of the country in the mid 1930s.

The quote can be found in "A Carnival of Buncombe", a collection of Mencken's later political newspaper pieces put together after Mencken's death by Malcolm Moos.

Posted by: cc0b | August 28, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

The Mencken quote characterizes F.D.R's concept of government as "a milch (German spelling)cow with 135 million teats"; that number being the approximate population of the country in the mid 1930s.

The quote can be found in "A Carnival of Buncombe", a collection of Mencken's later political newspaper pieces put together after Mencken's death by Malcolm Moos.

Posted by: cc0b | August 28, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

The sexist remark, actually, just typical barnyard snark isn't of any 'sexist' importance at all. But, classic Republican hypocrite Simpson has always made a 'braying ass' of hisownself when bloviating on television. He used to be a darling of the Sunday morning talk shows, I guess somebody though he was witty or something.
He's so senile and has been for years, that I doubt if he will even understand what this fuss is about.

Two weeks or so ago, Obama fired a magnificent govt. servant, Shirley Sherrod, and lo and behold, today we find out he's groveled up to the Republicans yet again. and appointed this surly, far too old Simpson to be co-chair of the "debt commission"? Simpson is not competent to be on the menu selection committee for his local nursing home.
Between Obama and his clueless, completely tone-deaf, unsavvy administration. he is never going to make it to a second term and it will be a disaster he has brought squarely upon his own shoulders.

I won't vote for him again, and urge the DNC to start searching for a slew of new candidates for the presidency.
This choice of one of the crassest hypocrites in the GOP ranks, is almost as cynical as firing Shirley Sherrod.

The internet is already bursting with information about this apt., greedy Republicans who shamelessly fill their own pockets on the taxpayers dime while screeching NO to the citizens that brung 'em days are OVER !!! We don't exist in an information vacuum any more.


Posted by: mimosa1 | August 26, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Mooncusser got it right! I completely agree with him and want to add that one
way to make Social Security more solvent
is to have everyone pay in on their full salary/income! Then you would really hear the people with all the money complain!

Posted by: shermrob | August 26, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

The future solvency is more important that any perceived gaffe of Political Correctness. If Simpson is bounced from his position on this Commission based on this insignificant statement, it will reflect that partisan politics is alive and well under Obama. The real reason they seek his removal is that they have a fundamental problem with his political philosophy. Views that diverge from those of Obama will not be tolerated. There will be no debate of opposing views. This regime will not tolerate dissent.

Posted by: twozny | August 26, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

I doubt anyone in Wyoming thinks the word is sexist in reference to a cow. Um, it's what that part of the anatomy is called, spelling notwithstanding. This shows how out of touch and insular East Coasters are.

Posted by: beachbum09 | August 25, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

If you are any example, you're probably right.

"I doubt anyone in Wyoming thinks", period.

Posted by: law1946 | August 26, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I doubt anyone in Wyoming thinks the word is sexist in reference to a cow. Um, it's what that part of the anatomy is called, spelling notwithstanding. This shows how out of touch and insular East Coasters are.

Posted by: beachbum09 | August 25, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

If you are any example, you're probably right.

"I doubt anyone in Wyoming thinks", period.

Posted by: law1946 | August 26, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I doubt anyone in Wyoming thinks the word is sexist in reference to a cow. Um, it's what that part of the anatomy is called, spelling notwithstanding. This shows how out of touch and insular East Coasters are.

Posted by: beachbum09 | August 25, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

If you are any example, you're probably right.

"I doubt anyone in Wyoming thinks", period.

Posted by: law1946 | August 26, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I doubt anyone in Wyoming thinks the word is sexist in reference to a cow. Um, it's what that part of the anatomy is called, spelling notwithstanding. This shows how out of touch and insular East Coasters are.

Posted by: beachbum09 | August 25, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

If you are any example, you're probably right.

"I doubt anyone in Wyoming thinks", period.

Posted by: law1946 | August 26, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Senator Simpson is a typical of the values of his Party and is a disgrace to all humanity. President Obama made a huge mistake in having him be part of the committee. He should let him go today.

Posted by: gilbertpb40 | August 26, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

"Simpson, a longtime critic of Social Security, has come under fire previously for suggesting "greedy geezers" are trying to protect their retirement checks while their grandchildren face a mounting national debt." I would like to say that I paid into Social Security for more than 50 years....If the Congress and Senate had not looked upon SS as a cash cow we would all have been better off. QUESTION: WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY???? ANSWER: GREEDY POLITICIANS!!!! Where have all the statesmen gone who look out for the people who elect them instead of looking to line their own pockets and those of their "friends".

Posted by: bjk89 | August 26, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Simpson sucks!

Posted by: preinhardt | August 26, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Hooray to Mr. Simpson in his first missive and boo boo to him on the apology.

Posted by: CassieCharlie | August 26, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

THE MILK COW HAS RUN DRY!

TOO MANY "CALVES" SUCKING ON THEM 310,000,000 TEETS!

Posted by: KrisinAL | August 26, 2010 6:43 AM | Report abuse

He certainly would know;He has a Lip Lock on the biggest Federal Mammary Gland,his federal pension,and health care plan for federal retirees. Both plans the "Little People" can only dream about. It would be nice for someone to list each current pension and future potental pension benefit(s),of all the members of this Social Security Star Chamber meeting in Washington D.C.,in yet another chapter of the conservative-republican playbook to convert Social Security into a Wall Street Profit Center. What was Obama thinking about when he appointed these old cranks and wing nuts to discuss solving problems,coots like Simpson created,during their service in the College of Corruption,the U.S. Congress. Whats next?will he appoint idiot Palin as Sec Interior?

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Posted by: lincolnhorsey | August 26, 2010 4:10 AM | Report abuse

The attack donkeys are braying, trying to destroy someone new. Ladies, please use your energies to solve some of the important issues of the country: Jobs, Huge national indebtedness, Unconstitutional attitudes, Destruction of our traditional values, etc. God bless us all.

Posted by: treedbrent | August 26, 2010 1:35 AM | Report abuse

The attack donkeys are braying, trying to destroy someone new. Ladies, please use your energies to solve some of the important issues of the country: Jobs, Huge national indebtedness, Unconstitutional attitudes, Destruction of our traditional values, etc. God bless us all.

Posted by: treedbrent | August 26, 2010 1:34 AM | Report abuse

This is a manufactured controversy. I'm sorry, but it isn't Simpson's fault that Ms. Carson isn't knowledgable enough to get the H.L. Mencken reference. This is about as sexist as saying the sky is blue. On that note, BOOOOOO to Mr. Simpson for apologizing. This is nothing but hyper-sensitive drivel.

Posted by: mathewcarson1975 | August 26, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Kick Simpson's ASS back to Wy. for his '310 million TITS' comments.

From the comments here, I can imagine that quite a few feel the same as Simpson.

NOTE: I have been working since I was 14, and I am now 68. A great many of those years I spent working on a farm, so my 'wages' were not reported as such. (I regret that these years were spend feeding Simpson and friends~!) Our farming life was destroyed by Reagan, since his 'trickle down' theory never reached the small farmer. Now Simpson wants to cut the pittance I receive as SS? His 'retirement' is his salary for life, and whatever corporate lobbies he skims.

Let's cut Military Spending instead, and bring our guys home, where they belong!!

Posted by: alimech | August 25, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Obama's silence after the egregious insults of his appointees is so telling. Just one more reason why I will never vote for him again.

And those of who who think this is funny or are against Social Security, may you and your loved ones work till you drop.

Posted by: solsticebelle | August 25, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

This is one of the reasons that conservatives outnumber liberals by more than a two-to-one margin in the US. People are getting fed up with this kind of silliness, and want to see common sense restored. Political correctness is becoming one of the worst things that ever happened to this country.

Posted by: dakotadoug83 | August 25, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

I hope that Obama will realize that leading from the middle is not working out. It is time to leave the conservative retreads OUT. I think it is time to find some people who represent the aspirations he expressed when running for president. We don't need any right wing or left wing retreads. What we need are people committed to the idea of leaving the mean-spiritedness behind while changing the remains of neo-con policy wherever it can be achieved.

Posted by: esb0923 | August 25, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

This was not offensive or sexist. This really burns me up that people just cannot say the truth. Social Security is pathetic. You put money into it for years and get this puny little bit back since these clowns raided the fund for years. Think of the money one would have if you could have earned interest on just what you put in? They should close this program out with time and let the individual manage his or her own account. Yes people are smarter than the government. I am all for this. And as for Alan Simpson from Wyoming, "you are my new hero". It is so refreshing to hear the truth for once. We have not heard the truth since these radical nitwits have taken over.

Posted by: greatgran1 | August 25, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

A. Simpson is sucking from the biggest "teet" of all--the U.S. Senate (as a retiree). He doesn't realize how many depend on SS for their monthly existence.

Posted by: ShirleyHall | August 25, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

We all need to know Mr. Simpson's Federal pension.

Posted by: GeraldDice | August 25, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

If Social Security is to be a welfare program, with all of the attendant means-testing that people like Alan Simpson would like, then it should identified as such and funded out of general revenues. To implement measures like the elimination of the taxable wage base cap, while allotting future benefits based on need, would be unfair. My family already pays nearly $800 per month toward Social Security until we reach the cap, and, frankly, we can't afford to pay that every month, as we have other obligations, like substantial student loan payments to the government, for which the interest is well above current rates but not deductible due to IRS income thresholds. There is a disconnect here, in which those who are expected to pay the most in taxes of nearly every kind, state and federal income as well as FICA, are nevertheless told that they should expect less in terms of benefits. To add insult to injury, if they do manage to save adequate additional amounts for retirement by living beneath their means, they are also taxed on their Social Security benefits, in spite of the fact that their Social Security taxes were taxed.

If taxes are increased, benefits should increase, as well. And in light of the fact that many low income wage earners don't participate in supplementary retirement programs like 401(k) plans even when free money is available in the form of an employer match, perhaps the FICA tax rate for everyone should be increased. Would a one-percent increase really be onerous, if it were put into a fund for the future, perhaps to cover situations like the unintended early retirements that are now occurring? Lower income employees get back much more from Social Security than they put in, and, by offering a defined-contribution plan match, employers are already indicating that they would be willing to pay more toward their employees' retirement income.

I don't think Simpson's comments were sexist, but they were insulting. The irony is that the President's panel will probably make recommendations that will, if anything, strengthen the financial position of OWL members who really depend on their benefits...

Posted by: CMNC | August 25, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Udderly ridiculous.

Posted by: ancient_mariner | August 25, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Yes, cows have teats... teats teats teats. There, now I'm a disgusting cretin too.

But sucking on the government teat has been a popular practice since long before Social Security was created. SS just happens to be the biggest mechanism for transferring wealth, or at least it was until Medicare and now Obamacare.

I don't understand why Alan Simpson feels a need to apologize. What he should have done was double-down, because he was making an important point.

Posted by: JBaustian | August 25, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

SIMPSON THE CORPORATIST!

Simpson is just one more BOORISH CORPORATIST REPUBLICAN trying to capture the Billions of social security dollars from the government to privatize them to Wall Street so that Wall Street can steal those assets too.

Why Simpson would invite a massively hostile response against him and Wall Street reveals his, Simpson's lack of awareness among "normal" Americans while he has been in the pockets of Wall Street and in the "beltway" of D.C. much too long.

Most Americans today would choose a completely different FORM of government from the one Simpson and his minions have created, as Americans virtually HATE what this government and its members, the lobbyists and Wall Street have caused this government to become.

If you doubt it, just take a walk down any Main Street in any town in America today and gaze at ALL the empty storefronts that Simpson and his minions have caused.

Posted by: gglenc | August 25, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

The former Senator Simpson's MO is that of the "gosh-shucks' Everyman. When in fact, he was as partisan is they get and could get very nasty and insulting to those who he may disagree with.

Simpson played the character of a county hick, but that was just an act. A very transparent act at that, but he fooled enough voters to stay in office until he retired.

Simpson's recent dust-up should not come as a susprise to anyone who saw him in action in the bad old days.

Posted by: voultron2 | August 25, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Oh, please. I guess I'm boorish too since I got a chuckle out of it. I thought we had buried the PC police and their hypersensitive "feelings" back in the 90s.

Save the "sexist" charge for when it truly applies lest you wear it out and nobody will ever take you seriously.

Posted by: wireknob | August 25, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Aside from hoping those who think baby boomers and later retirees will not get SS benefits read the financial reports to
Congress of current and past Trustees to ease their minds I want to point out something else about the commission.

I don't think it was a sexist remark just boorish and crude. The write when you get honest work condescending and more worthy of apologies.

The commission received a wonderful tongue lashing by J.K. Galbraith an economist from the U of Texas last June. All those interested enough to comment here should read "Why the Fiscal Commission does not Serve the American People".

Posted by: sauerkraut | August 25, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

From the excerpt in this article, I would say that he was extremely rude and some of his comments were in very poor taste. Given his position in government, he should take care to express his views more articulately.

That said, I am so tired of people calling for other folks jobs because they were offended by something they said. From Sarah Palin calling for Rahm Emmanual's job over his use of the word "retarded" (Yet, ironically, she defended Dr. Laura's N-word tirade. Go figure. She is such a hypocrite! But I digress.), to this incident.

Ole boy's colorful colloquialisms were distasteful, but I do not think they were overtly sexist. As sensitive as I am when it comes to racial slurs, even I think this censure of speech is going too far. (Excluding the N-word, of course, especially when intended to offend! Censure it, please!)

Posted by: bigeasyluv | August 25, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Presidential Medal of Freedom Nominee #1 - Sen. Simpson -

Medal Considerations:

It recognizes those individuals who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors"

Need more, not less like him.

Posted by: Gooddogs | August 25, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

A lot of people have gotten FAR more out of Social Security then they ever paid in. My 75 yr old pop (former steelworker) happily shares his story of receiving notice about half-way into the year that he'd fully paid in to Soc. Sec. for the year, and the rest of the year there would be no additional deductions. He's calculated what he paid in, and what he's received, and its not even close. I guess "back in the day" the deductions were a lot smaller - cause I have NEVER received notice that I've reached my annual contribution. So its not all blind widows eating dog food while they wait for their next check...plenty of the Seniors ARE extremely comfortable and could afford a cut in benefits without. All entitlement programs need to be under scrutiny....social security should not be exempt.

Posted by: Culpeper63 | August 25, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I doubt anyone in Wyoming thinks the word is sexist in reference to a cow. Um, it's what that part of the anatomy is called, spelling notwithstanding. This shows how out of touch and insular East Coasters are.

Posted by: beachbum09 | August 25, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

What is Obama doing even appointing Simpson as a chair to the commission that could slash Social Security? It's an irresponsible move and sends a clear message that Obama wants to cut Social Security benefits. FDR must be turning over in his grave - as celebrations go on for the 75th anniversary of Social Security. Simpson has a history of wanting to destroy Social Security for those Americans who have earned it. Social Security did not cause the deficit and is not part of the deficit. It sits outside the regular federal budget. Without Social Security over 50% of all older Americans would be living below poverty. It's not a luxury, it's a well earned necessity. Get serious, President Obama, and get rid of Simpson and the others on the deficit reduction commission that you know are there to cut Social Security benefits.

Posted by: bsackman | August 25, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Look what political correctness brings us: The Grievance Industry. For years liberals have hurled themselves on the floor with seizures every time some loser claims they were "offended". There is then an irrebutable presumption of guilt, even the more so when the "offender" is white, conservative or a Christian. Nobody ever questions the validity of the so-called victim's mostly false and embellished claims and the "offender" has to, at least, undergo Soviet style "rehabilitation" while the "victim" sits back and gloats about how easy it is to stick it to adversaries by playing the victim card and exploiting the ignorant naivete of the liberals.

Posted by: beachbum09 | August 25, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

For crying out loud! He's a right winger. He's one of them. Yet, they see blood in the water and they use him to bash Obama with.

Posted by: abigsam | August 25, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Lets put this in context.

Unfunded government liabilities equal $200 TRILLION! This is an obligation of $2 million per household, or would require each family to pay $144,000 in increased taxes per year to fund. To put it bluntly the baby-boomers will not get their checks.

Who gives a crap if Simpson is not polite when he talks about the problem at least he cares enough to be passionate about the subject.

And by the way what have the advocacy groups done to fix the problem....not a damned thing, except cash their fat checks.

Posted by: ELF2 | August 25, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Fire this clown, calling old folks greedy for trying to protect Social Security. And why shouldn't they? They paid into it for years and the government has whizzed away the money and it appears his efforts to straighten it out have not done any good. In addition who the heck does he think created all this debt that our grandchildren are going to have to pay off? It wasn't the Old Geezers, it was idiots like him. I think he has spent enough time living off our tax dollars and it's time for him to find a real job.

Posted by: 2012anewstart | August 25, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

You could say that Simpson got his tit caught in the wringer! :-)

Posted by: unclemattie | August 25, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

This kind of thing is advanced by folks who are sexist themselves as a way to rationalize there own unacceptable behavior. Other than this, the accusation is silly. Simpson and the media jabbers should have ignored it.

Posted by: pbarnett52 | August 25, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

SS is not bankrupt. SS did not cause the national debt. The bonds in the 2.8 trillion (yes that's a t ) trust fund will continue to grow for another few years to between 4.2 and 4.8 trillion. Politicians worry that they will have to actually pay the interest on the bonds. Also the bonds are cashable at face value at any time and they want to renege on the promise to pay.

If they do renege to their own citizens and default on the bonds it will destroy the U.S. ability to sell government bonds to anyone at a reasonable interest rate.

It will also make the old shibbeloth come true that the money has been stolen and spent.

For those who don't trust this administrations SS trustees go back and read some annual reports of SS trustees from GWB admin.

Posted by: sauerkraut | August 25, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

For cryin' out loud!
What a bunch of CRY BABIES! He didn't complain about people collecting social security. He MOCKED her and her group for complaining that there was no group called the Pink Panthers or the Gray Panthers or whatever she said, to represent people on SS.
He said, I represent them and always have. You (the Lady and her complaining friends) are the ones who are sucking government dry ... not everyone on SS.
Alan Simpson should flip them all the bird and walk off but he won't. He loves the country and the "normal" people - who aren't professional victims - too much.
Some of the moochers and special victims groups who are willing to pay bribes and/or bully effeminate congressmen have never run into a man with a "set" before. That's how they talk.

And I'm not talking about the Lefties who have a soft-set on their chest and none between their legs! Grow up!

Posted by: trevithick | August 25, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I have known Alan Simpson for more years than I would like to remember...Simpson was always on the side of what's right..He alone took on AARP as not deserving tax free status while his peers were hiding in the shadows...Simpson has the right to call things as he sees them....he's not running for anything nor from anything.

Posted by: drcody75 | August 25, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

The article title is misleading. The statement was not "sexist" unless sexist has been redefined by the left to refer to anyone who is not "neuter." But, that would not suprise me since every word in the dictionary as been redefined as "racist" - why not also "sexist?"

Posted by: IQ168 | August 25, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

The P.C. police are getting loonier every day. And the WP is all too happy to oblige.

Posted by: tlar1000a | August 25, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

For Heaven's Sake!!! I'm past weary of over-sensitive people taking everything said and printed as an insult. Grow a bigger set, find a backbone and buck up, babes. Getting your feelings hurt isn't going to do a d*mn thing. You want something to change? You don't whine that so and so hurt my feelings. Ugh!

Posted by: Belle13 | August 25, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

The P.C. police are going a little bit looney, aren't they?

Posted by: tlar1000a | August 25, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Right on, zendrell! I am totally disgusted with what is happening in this country in regard to language. If someone is "offended," then he or she demands an apology. Do they not realize howl UNIMPORTANT they are? Why should anyone in this country apologize for language? These people are FASCISTS - pure and simple. It's time we put a stop to the stupidity of political correctness. There's nothing correct about it. It's like we're living in a country with a secret police force.

Posted by: georges2 | August 25, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't anybody read Mencken any more? About 75 years ago, he wrote that the New Deal's idea of government was a milch cow with 200 million teats. (Note "milch" and "teats."

C'mon, people, calm down and read more!

Posted by: 1821 | August 25, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't anybody read Mencken any more? About 75 years ago, he wrote that the New Deal's idea of government was a milch cow with 200 million teats. (Note "milch" and "teats."

C'mon, people, calm down and read more!

Posted by: 1821 | August 25, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Well, for goodness sake! That's what they're called, and he WAS referring to cows!! (But you didn't spell it right: it's "teats.")

Posted by: MoPar8hd | August 25, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

HOW IS THAT SEXIST? For Pete's sake, the National Older Women's League needs to go back to some of our elementary government schools and get some more 'self esteem'!

THEY HAVE WAY TOO MUCH TIME ON THEIR HANDS TO 'WORK UP A MAD'!!

Posted by: wheeljc | August 25, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

A crude, unrefined man. There are so many ways he could have expressed the same sentiments, sans the vulgar, uncouth manner he is apparently used to employing.

He needs to retire and get out of the public view.

Posted by: veerle1 | August 25, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Well. Certainly a regrettable remark, but given the intent of his message, not a big deal. Frankly identity groups and their members are way too sensitive. More likely, they really aren't that sensitive, just sense when they can get some traction off some situation.

Posted by: MadJack1 | August 25, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Well. Certainly a regrettable remark, but given the intent of his message, not a big deal. Frankly identity groups and their members are way too sensitive. More likely, they really aren't that sensitive, just sense when they can get some traction off some situation.

Posted by: MadJack1 | August 25, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

he's thinks people who paid for social security are "greedy".. send the old fart home where he can't do any more harm than he's done in his 70 years already.

Posted by: newagent99 | August 25, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

this demonstrates a measure of inappropriate crudeness and poor judgment. It does not, however, represent sexism.

People make jokes like that all the time without holding reservations about womens' capacity to do what a man can do.

Offencive, yes. Sexist, no.

Posted by: j762 | August 25, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

"Cow with a million teats" just sounds like a different way of saying "feeding off the government trough." I don't really agree with him, but this doesn't strike me as sexist language at all.

Posted by: dkp01 | August 25, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

In a nutshell, this episode demonstrates exactly why AMERICA IS DOOMED.

Instead of arguing about the $Trillion debt and the bankruptcy of Soc. Sec., WaPo finds some obscure advocacy group to complain about the word "tit."

Posted by: pgr88 | August 25, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Well I am offended. Wait who is this guy?
Anyway I appreciate you guys can look at this at face value and see that the WAPO is just trying to raise controvery because he is a republican. Nice try.

Posted by: englundc | August 25, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

what the heck, this old sexist oink can carpool with Larry Summers while they say offensive things and then make mock (wink wink) apologies.
is there no white guy left behind? is there anyone NoBama will not hire or appoint, except women?
the Boyz Klub candids of Oval office meetings are extremely telling. disgusted with this.

Posted by: FloridaChick | August 25, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

what the heck, this old sexist oink can carpool with Larry Summers while they say offensive things and then make mock (wink wink) apologies.
is there no white guy left behind? is there anyone NoBama will not hire or appoint, except women?
the Boyz Klub candids of Oval office meetings are extremely telling. disgusted with this.

Posted by: FloridaChick | August 25, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Should he have said teats? I don't see this as a sexist remark at all...

Posted by: ozpunk | August 25, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

A cow is sexist??

He may have hit a raw nerve with that "howl into the vapors" bit. I was gonna complain about it being too Shakespearian but that would be ageist, now wouldn't it?

Posted by: glenglish | August 25, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Seeing as how men can give milk, how is this sexist? Funny, yes.....

Posted by: TomR3 | August 25, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Democrat who voted for Obama, and I think his comment is hilarious, spot on, and I applaud his bluntness. Groups that hand wring and whine over everything someone says take a lot of their own power away. I'm glad someone is talking about the sacred cow (yeah I went there) of entitlements for people who really don't need them

Posted by: sickofit66 | August 25, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse


Alan Simposon is quite a nagger.

Posted by: screwjob21 | August 25, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

We really are a nation of idiots if people can read that comment and think that it's sexist. Talk about having a one-track mind. It kind of reminds me of the "n*ggardly" controversy (can't spell it out! I might offend an idiot and have my comment removed!)

Posted by: beegrace123 | August 25, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

fbutler1: The correct word is "teats," not "teets." And it is also correct, when quoting directly, to spell a word exactly as its author spelled it.

Posted by: chairmanpao | August 25, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Well, I don't see it as sexist, but rather classist. Hey, I thought the t-word was not allowed on the Post comments boards. But yet, here it is completely spelled out in all of its glory. Double standard for the Post.

Posted by: forgetthis | August 25, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

He called Social Security -- an inanimate object -- a cow with three million t*ts; I don't get what's so awful about that. The word by itself isn't "sexist" and complaining that it is trivializes REAL sexism. Of course, if he had called that woman, Ashley Carson, a cow with three million t*ts, now THAT would have been offensive. And probably sexist.

Posted by: 7900rmc | August 25, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

He called Social Security -- an inanimate object -- a cow with three million t*ts; I don't get what's so awful about that. The word by itself isn't "sexist" and complaining that it is trivializes REAL sexism. Of course, if he had called that woman, Ashley Carson, a cow with three million t*ts, now THAT would have been offensive. And probably sexist.

Posted by: 7900rmc | August 25, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

"Simpson signs off by writing "Call when you get honest work!" ...Hard to believe a career government leech had the gall to say something about 'honest work' to anyone. What the 'hey' would this clown know about honest work?

Posted by: gunnysgt77 | August 25, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I wasn't offended at the remark - he's a silly, old b@stard - what do you expect? What galls me is he criticizes people for collecting meager retirement bennies from a fund to which they contributed for all their years of work. Some people also have pensions but most do not. Of course fed, state, and local workers get those benefits and none better than our Members of Congress. If he's so effing concerned, is he declining to collect SS bennies? I bet the S*B is first in line and clubbing old gray haired ladies out of his way.

Zendrell - it isn't other people's $. Grow a brain, acehole.

Posted by: mooncusser | August 25, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Ex-Senator Simpson is a senile example of DC at it's worst. He is one of the very people who required me (at risk of jail if I did not pay) to pay into the Social Security program to get the money back in my future "greedy geezers' years. The government borrowed/spent the money from Social Security and now wants to whine about entitlements. Government employees did not have a requirement to pay into the program until many of the older ones, drawing benefits now, were near retirement.
This senile north end of a south bound mule served from 1979-97 in the Senate and has a great retirement package. I guess I could be real cavalier about other peoples money if I had been a government leech for years. Note I did not say I was pro/con of Social Security, just don't make me pay and then whine when you have to produce your share of the deal.

Posted by: gunnysgt77 | August 25, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse


Love to see any of you blowhards go ahead and see if you can use the same word that Simpson used here on WaPo and see if the WaPo leftist censor-filter passes it by. I dare you. Prove me wrong.

Posted by: screwjob21 | August 25, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

He said their collectively guilty of using the sexism card...how is that sexist?

I wasn't to pleased with his nomination, but these charges are purely nonsense.

Posted by: moebius22 | August 25, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

He's an old man from Wyoming. 1) Why would you expect him to make a remark NOT involving cows or a farm? 2) How is talking about a milk cow with millions of "teets" offensive? I say that, because maybe he should have used the word "teet". T!ts in any sense of the word can be considered offensive (not really to me, but others). I'm surprised it was published like that in the article, even as a quote.

Posted by: fbutler1 | August 25, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

He's an old man from Wyoming. 1) Why would you expect him to make a remark NOT involving cows or a farm? 2) How is talking about a milk cow with millions of "teets" offensive? I say that, because maybe he should have used the word "teet". T!ts in any sense of the word can be considered offensive (not really to me, but others). I'm surprised it was published like that in the article, even as a quote.

Posted by: fbutler1 | August 25, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Zendrell. How is that a sexist remark? Or offensive?

Posted by: johnnycomelately1 | August 25, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

He was neither offensive, nor sexiest - he just tolkd the truth. And therein lies the problem - no one in American wants to hear the truth, they just want other peoples money to line their pockets.

Posted by: zendrell | August 25, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

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