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Take a peek over Jim Borgman's shoulder


Jim Borgman has been the Enquirer's editorial cartoonist since 1976. Borgman has won every major award in his field, including the 1991 Pulitzer Prize, the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 1993, and most recently, the Adamson Award in 2005 as International Cartoonist of the Year. His award-winning daily comic strip Zits, co-created with Jerry Scott, chronicles the life of 15-year-old Jeremy Duncan, his family and friends through the glories and challenges of the teenage years. Since debuting in July 1997, Zits has regularly finished #1 in reader comics polls across America and is syndicated in more than 1300 newspapers around the world.

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Keep On Truckin'


11 Comments:

at 10/22/07, 6:57 PM Anonymous Joseph Harbin said...

It IS a long strange trip, one that's hard to reconcile for a lot of reasons. Adulthood was turned on its head by the rock and roll generation and it has wrought new generations of freeze dried youth culture. (Wanna shop for food listening to Toto and Air Supply until you're eighty-five? The answer doesn't matter, you will.)
Ever read "Balsamic Dreams" by Joe Queenan? He nails the lame self-important self-indulgence of the boomers perfectly.

 
at 10/22/07, 10:16 PM Anonymous tim of sioux falls said...

Hilarious post from Joseph Harbin. However, boomers haven't necessarily cornered the market on narcissism. The offspring of the boomers exhibit an even more disturbing trend of self-absorbed behavior. I once read a newspaper article stating that adulthood has been replaced by "continued adolescence." A cynical person would possibly agree.

 
at 10/23/07, 7:08 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim could have focused on the boomers who were born in the 1940s and early 1950s who went off to Viet Nam, came home, went to college on the G.I. Bill, married, purchased a home and raised a family.

This group had parents who lived through the Great Depression and WWII, many were Democrats. Many of these boomers voted in their first national election in 1968 (you had to be 21 then to vote) and voted for Humphrey.

However, many, if not most turned to the Republican side of the ledger when George McGovern ran for President in 1972.

Remember him? He wnated to give all americans $1000.

He wanted to tax 90% of all estates.

He said in his acceptance speech at the '72 Democratic Convention that "inherited and invested wealth must be taxed". Here is what he meant: You purchase 100 shares of P & G at $60 per share. One year later the stock is selling for $80.00 per share - thus you have a tax on the gain in the value of your stock. This is with just holding, not selling the stock. McGovern would have everyone paying taxes on the fact that their stock portfolio incrased in value in a given year.
Kind of scary, ain't it?

Some boomers, Jim, never had time for Woodstock, drugs, and other nonsense. Some had to work full and part time while they went to college on the G.I. Bill.

Then some may have had broken limbs because they fell out of their chairs when they heard McGovern comment sometime in the 1980s that had he won the '72 election there would be no such thing as the Individual Retirement Account (IRA). In fact he commented that the only thing with the IRA is the word "individual".
His contention was that people do not need a "tax shelter" to save fore retirment.

Then, Jim you could have somehow worked your hero Al Gore into the cartoon. After all, with his waco enviro beliefs and given that after he lost the 2000 election, he went into a "mental meltdown" stage that may have included the use of numerous legal and illegal substances. Al Gore would have blended in well that the cartoon today.

 
at 10/23/07, 10:28 AM Anonymous Schottzie03 said...

Since McCarthy and LBJ, the Boomers had plenty of chances to get involved in the political process. They could've used this opportunity to elect leaders who would have helped make the social security system more sound instead of the impending disaster it is today.

As they begin to face the crises of health care and retirement, they should realize how much of the blame for those crises falls on themselves.

 
at 10/23/07, 11:52 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Anon 7:08,

It was a freakin' cartoon!

That big old whine you let go must have been real close to the surface.

Maybe if you had made some time for drugs (while in the Nam) you would have a better attitude.

 
at 10/23/07, 7:42 PM Blogger Renee said...

I love it. The phrase I remember from 1968 was "Free Huey," not Angela Davis (a Panther who preceded AD, as I recall). I think the Woodstock generation (the biggest bulge in the python) is still a couple of years away from Social Security, though. Not that that will make it any easier for my kids and their friends to foot the bill.

 
at 10/24/07, 12:02 PM Anonymous Dan said...

The generation who got to grow up and get jobs when the rest of the world had been destroyed by a world war and had no international competition, had no technological ability for their jobs to be outsourced overseas, and created the largest government on the face of the earth...

They now hand it all off to my generation (I'm 42) and that of my children to pay the bill and pay their bills while they chase golf balls in Florida.

 
at 10/25/07, 5:58 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

TO DAN: What you want, I should give up my condo in Hilton Head? Hey, I worked hard all of my life and plan to enjoy the fruits of my labor. Yes, I had to go off to Nam and finish college after the service.
I have paid my taxes and probably will be extremely overtaxed when Hillary comes to town.
So quit your whinning Dan, work hard, invest smart, and instill an excellent work ethic in your children. Oh, tell them to pay attention in school and remind them that those who are NOT paying attention will probably be the ones their taxes support.
Maybe you will own a condo down south someday and get to reap the rewards of your hard work.

 
at 10/25/07, 11:51 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know Dan you're one year off from being considered a Boomer....unless you'll your birthday is still to come this year. :) 1946-1964

 
at 10/26/07, 9:39 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is with all of the anger to one editorial cartoon?

I remember a generation that thought they could "change the world". Do you see any of that optimism today? The Boomers did effect some changes.

While we were not the only reason, we did have a hand in stopping the Vietnam war. Do any of you think you can have any effect on the Iraq war?

We thought we could make the world a better place for everyone. Even LBJ thought that we could help the poor with his War on Poverty. Do you see any elected officials doing anything as bold today in helping poor people?

As for Social Security, we knew back then that SS was not the only income we would need for retirement. Why is it today that only about 1/4 of workers invest in their companies 401K program. (even when the companies give away "free money" with funds matching.)?

It has been a long strange trip and I would not trade it for the world.

RM

 
at 3/13/08, 10:39 AM Blogger Don Columbus Georgia said...

Born in 1946, I am in the first wave of boomers to be ready for SS. From "duck and cover" drills in elementry school to the fall of the Soviet Union. No matter if you participated or watched it has been a VERY strange trip.

 
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