When it comes to taking stands that are bound to anger people, former senatorAlan Simpson has little competition. He coined the phrase “greedy geezers” when he was urging Social Security reform in Congress, and now that he’s out of office and crusading for deficit reduction, he’s doubling down on the need to cut entitlements. He’s angering seniors and their Democratic patrons, but he’s also ticking off his own Republican colleagues by insisting that more tax revenue be part of any budget deal.

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