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AARP: Simpson's Remarks Cross The Line, Undermine Confidence In Deficit Commission

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"Sen. Simpson's most recent departure from reality would be easy to dismiss if not for his position co-leading a Presidential commission that will likely recommend changes to Social Security. Sen. Simpson's remarks not only cross the line of good judgment, but they undermine the serious work of the commission and give us little confidence the commission can fairly look at important programs such as Social Security."

Simpson, who co-chairs the Obama Administration's fiscal commission, has been criticized and lampooned all day for comparing Social Security to a "milk cow with 310 million tits" in an email to a critic. That email is part of a pattern for Simpson, who does not take kindly to his critics.

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