You probably already know all about how Alan Simpson, co-chair of President Obama's commission on fiscal reform, compared Social Security to a "milk cow with 310 million tits" in an angry email to one of his critics. Well, it turns out he has a bit of a habit of hitting send before thinking.
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Shortly after influential progressive economist, Dean Baker wrote this post at TPM Cafe, Simpson sent him an intemperate, condescending missive as well, seemingly unaware that one of Baker's main areas of expertise is Social Security.
"I only recently came across your column Alan Simpson: A Man Who intensely Wants to Cut Social Security," Simpson wrote. "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."