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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Seniors Have Already Funded their Own Social Security & Medicare

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The cartoon above is shameful and indicative of the popular perspective of many young professionals and soon to be professionals in the workplace and at the university today.  It is an absolute misrepresentation of reality and pushes the misconception that seniors are a burden standing on the backs of others who carry the load while seniors get a free ride.  Those poor pitiful college graduates of this new millennium who took out student loans, can't get the salaries they believe they deserve and have been unfairly impacted by the great recession.  Research has it that those born between 1980 and 2000 or "Generation Y" are marked by an inflated sense of entitlement and lack work ethic.  They also reportedly hate criticism and suffer from higher levels of depression and chronic disenchantment.  In short, they are unhappy. Just a friendly reminder that seniors made those student loans possible, suffer from disproportionate poverty despite years of service and lived through the Great Depression.  Moreover, they have already paid to have their social security and Medicare funded.  In addition to being highly offensive, the cartoon also fails to depict the generation gap in any meaningful way.