Obama advisor Alan Simpson likened Social Security to a “milk cow with three hundred ten million tits” recently. In so doing, he managed to piss off Democrats, people who receive or hope to someday receive Social Security, and the National Organization of Women. It’s a disparaging comment, a sexist comment and an extremely privileged comment from someone who’s too wealthy to depend on Social Security.
For those who are unfamiliar with Social Security in the United States: all your life, deductions are taken from every paycheck for Social Security. You pay into it your entire working life. Then, at retirement age, you collect a monthly check, which is for a pretty modest amount. It’s intended to supplement your life savings, not cover all your expenses in old age.
So, you know, after paying your earned income into this system for all these years, you are not just a farm animal lining up at a trough when you expect to, like, actually get the promised monthly check when the time comes. Social Security works just like investment banking: the government gets a nice chunk of my money now to spend as it will or let it earn interest (ha! like they’ve heard of savings!), then Iget the money back in installments (if I survive long enough). It’s a total win-win for them, and I actually debated putting this on What Privilege instead of Hathor because, honestly: I’m less concerned about yet another old fart being sexist (yawn) as I am about my government thinking we ordinary people are selfish entitled grubbers for wanting back the money we paid in, which they used to fucking ruin a once robust nation in just a few years of their own group get-rich-quick scheming. If they’re that deluded, that’s scary.
Why are we not having a revolution already? Are people that cowed? Oh, that’s right – the government has the nukes. Jesus.
People are calling for Obama to fire Simpson, but he won’t. It would be the classy thing to do, but privileged folk stick together. Mark my words. I would love to be wrong about this, and I’ll give Obama full dues if I am.