Posted by | September 2, 2010 18:32 | Filed under: Top Stories

By Yashwanth Manjunath

Alan Simpson has decided that he’s done kicking the elderly and the poor by trying to take away their Social Security money and has found a new target, disabled veterans. According to Simpson, “The irony (is) that the veterans who saved this country are now, in a way, not helping us to save the country in this fiscal mess,” by collecting their disability payments for illness that may be linked to Agent Orange exposure.

Apparently risking their lives and limbs for this country is not enough for Alan Simpson. Veterans now need to trim the budget deficit that he and his Republican buddies helped create with their wasteful spending and unpaid tax cuts for the wealthy. According to the VA, the payments to the disabled veterans will cost approximately 67 billion dollars to continue over the course of the next 10 years.

Meanwhile, repealing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy would save the government 678 billion dollars over the next ten years, which would pay for the veterans benefits ten times. Of course, that would inconvenience Alan Simpson’s rich buddies and hurt Republican Party fund-raising efforts so we can’t have that. In a letter sent to the White House, VoteVets, one of the largest veterans groups, which represents over 50,000 veterans nationwide, is calling on President Obama to fire Alan Simpson for his comments.

If Simpson still remains as co-chairman of the bipartisan deficit commission after this, just what does he need to say to be fired? That is not a rhetorical question. Would coming out tomorrow and saying we should chop up children receiving welfare benefits and feed them to the bankers do it? Or would Obama need to check in with Andrew Breitbart and Glenn Beck’s chalkboard first?

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