Republican Angers Democrats By Referring To Social Security As “A Milk Cow With 310 Million Tits”

U.S. Senator Alan Simpson discusses his retirement plans and his agenda before leaving Congress during a news conference in Washington, in this December 4, 1995 file photo. Simpson, the co-chairman of a commission on the U.S. budget deficit, the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, came under fire on August 25, 2010 after an off-color remark that likened the payment of government retirement benefits to milking cows. Picture taken December 4, 1995. REUTERS/Mike Theiler/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT)

Personally, I think Rep. Alan Simpson should be commended for coming up with one of the most memorable – and accurate – political metaphors I’ve heard in a while:

The New York Daily News reports that former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.), co-chairman of President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, has “outraged feminists, Social Security recipients, and many liberal Democrats” by likening Social Security to “a milk cow with 310 million tits.” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), who I’m guessing did not do too well on the verbal section of the SAT, called the analogy “beyond comprehension” and demanded Simpson’s removal from the commission.

I like that feminists are, apparently, outraged by this. How they got an insult to women from Rep. Simpson talking about milk cows is beyond me, but I guess there’s no excuse too slim for a good hate session from the perpetually outraged in our midst.

Regardless, Rep. Simpson is absolutely right. Social Security has turned us all into dependents suckling at the government teat. And the politicians, particularly the Democrats, aren’t afraid of dangling that teat in front of us to get us into line. We’re all forced to pay into the program. And, in our twilight years, we’re scared into submission with threats that we may not get back what we paid in.

But the tide on that is changing as the insolvency of the Social Security program convinces younger Americans that they probably aren’t ever going to get what they paid in back anyway. I could be wrong, but the days in which the Democrats could reliably fear-monger with Social Security are numbered.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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