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Cato’s Michael Tanner sheds a tear for Andrew Biggs:

Just when you thought partisan idiocy in Washington couldn’t get any worse, the House voted last night to cut off the salary of Andrew Biggs, the new Deputy Commissioner of Social Security. No one doubts Biggs’ qualifications for this position. But his sin is having supported proposals to allow younger workers to privately invest a portion of their Social Security taxes through individual accounts. Apparently holding a position that Democrats disagree with is now so abhorrent that it disqualifies you from public office.

Biggs, like Tanner, thinks Social Security is a bad thing and should be dismantled. House Democrats, like the American people, think Social Security is a good thing and should be protected. There’s no reason Biggs should draw a Social Security Administration salary to help work to undermine the program.

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