Jane covered cat food commission co-chair Alan Simpson’s “milk cow with 310 million tits” comment directed at the head of OWL, and their subsequent petition to remove him from the co-chairmanship. That petition has nearly 1,000 signatures so far. Simpson has refused to comment on the matter.

It’s unclear from Simpson’s email if he means Social Security is the milk cow or if he’s referring to America in general. A Simpson assistant responded to a HuffPost email saying that Simpson was traveling and unable to comment immediately. OWL is now circulating a petition calling on the former Republican Senator from Wyoming to resign.

But Simpson has not only been writing letters to OWL. He earlier penned a note to Dean Baker, economist and co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Simpson apparently has no idea that Baker is a leading economist, judging from his derisive letter.


I only recently came across your column Alan Simpson: A Man Who intensely Wants to Cut Social Security. If this is the way that you do your reporting, I would think that you would have damn few fans or readers! I’m not out to “cut” anything. I’m out to stabilize the Social Security system and so, let me share with you what Stephen C. Goss, Chief Actuary of the Social Security Administration shared with the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform on May 12, 2010. I hope with your own massive bias and prejudice that you won’t throw it away before you read it! First, you have to know what the Social Security system is – what it’s situation is with regard to solvency – and how do we make it sustainable. Good reading I think! And after you have finished it, you might contact me unless you just want to ramble off with your own weird opinions – on your own once again.

P.S. I loved the picture accompanying your piece. With chin in hand, I first thought of Rodin’s The Thinker – but after reading the piece I can see you haven’t done very much of that!

I think he’s talking about this picture. The Rodin joke – high comedy!

The point is that Simpson thinks he can bully his way through his critics with no repercussions. And in that respect, he may be right. But his critics have some tools for mass action which may surprise the former Senator. Communications have evolved in the past 25 years. It’s likely we’ll run into a double standard of only “certain” people being fired for their email communications, but you never know.

Let me end the pretense: I’m really writing this in the hopes that I’ll get the next letter.