This time, it’s seniors. His Thursday, May 11th, cartoon, went over the top by portraying American seniors as “a vengeful mob” – as one complaining letter writer stated in today’s paper.
Look at the cartoon itself. Look at the faces of the older people he drew. Are they the faces of your grandparents, parents, or even of you or us ourselves?
Plus, Breen more than implies that these grumpy, old people are upset due to their “entitlements” being slashed. Hello?! Social security, Mr. Breen, is NOT an entitlement. (I’m holding back the real words I wish to express here …) Let me repeat that:
Mr. Steve Breen: entitlements like Social Security ARE NOT ENTITLEMENTS.
And seniors, Mr. Breen, are not a vengeful mob. You’ll soon find out yourself what it’s like to be an elderly person. I hope someday that all you have is your Social Security check – mailed to you monthly.
Today (May 12, 2012) Kathleen Bates, a letter writer to the editor, set it straight:
Not a vengeful mob
On most days, Steve Breen’s cartoons are thought-provoking and humorous. Friday’s, however, I found insulting. Very few senior citizens resemble the vengeful mob he portrayed in Friday’s paper; there is not one smile to be seen. Seniors, are for the most part, happy people who enjoy life. One reason seniors are happy is because we have time to read and think. We vote! That is why our legislators consider us important.
And what is this “entitlement” business? Didn’t we work and pay into Social Security? And didn’t our employers match our contributions? Social Security is not a “benefit” given to us – we earned it.