This week former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY) took to the airwaves of Fox News and Bloomberg Television's "Street Smart" to again deride AARP and attempt to instill panic about a solution to Social Security's long term needs. His comments willfully ignore what our members, volunteers, and hundreds of thousands of Americans have been involved in across the nation since March: a conversation on the future of Social Security and Medicare called "You've Earned a Say."
The fact is that President's Fiscal Commission continues to debate cuts to Social Security as a means to reduce the deficit. We all need to stand together and protect Social Security from budget-driven cuts.
Coming from anyone these comments would be over the line. But what makes them more offensive is Senator Simpson's position: co-chair of President Obama's Fiscal Commission, which is currently considering changes to Social Security as a solution to reduce the deficit. How can a commission led by Sen. Simpson fairly make recommendations on the future of important programs like Social Security?
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