The Cartoonist Studio Editorial Cartoon Contest continues and I made it to week THREE! Thanks to all for voting. Click the image above or here to go to the voting. You should do a search of “Bearman” and my cartoon will come up front and center and then vote. Some people were clicking the link and then accidentally voting on the first thing that popped up. Unfortunately no way to direct link to my cartoon. Again, as long as I stay in the contest, there will be two editorial cartoons a week to vote on – Mondays and Thursdays. Oh and you can vote multiple times in each round if you want (resets every six hours) until EOD Tuesday.
So Doctor, Senator and Presidential Candidate Ron Paul was in the news last week about his seemingly hypocritical stance on Social Security (see article). Seems with one breath he states that Social Security is Unconstitutional but with the other admits that he accepts Social Security.
In the editorial cartoon I used “Hypocritic Oath” instead of “Hippocratic Oath” (pledge of doctors). See what I did there? Pretty clever huh?
I am torn though. One one hand, he did pay into the system so he has the right to get paybacks. YET, he makes the claim that he puts it in the same category as roads where he has paid into them so he should enjoy the benefits thereof. It would be very difficult to NOT drive on government roads. It would be very easy to take a stand and not cash your Social Security check or at the least protest by donating the checks. Thoughts?
And I got the first vote 😉
Do you sleep?
So am I.
Maybe some things that are unconstitutional are necessary, nevertheless. The founders of this country couldn’t think of everything, it would have been impossible. In fact, if I could go back in time (and space) and warn them (provided I could convince them I was from the future) of the negative direction in which this country would go, beginning in 1917, the U.S. Constitution would probably be much, much bigger (as thick as the Bible perhaps), and much, much more specific.
1917…What happened then? Wikipedia states this happened that year
“An anti-prostitution drive in San Francisco attracts huge crowds to public meetings. At one meeting attended by 7,000 people, 20,000 are kept out for lack of room. In a conference with Rev. Paul Smith, an outspoken foe of prostitution, 300 prostitutes make a plea for toleration, explaining they had been forced into the practice by poverty. When Smith asks if they will take other work at $8 to $10 a week, the ladies laugh derisively, which loses them public sympathy. The police close about 200 houses of prostitution shortly thereafter.”
ok I voted
I am not a Ron Paul fan but I think what he is saying is that it is wrong for the government to take money from our checks but since they did he wants to get back as much as he can.
Then again, he is a politician… I doubt very much that even he knows what he is thinkin’.
I am just saying…take a stand. That is one of his biggest platforms and he could have pulled in some great publicity.
I don’t know what everyone else is gonna do but I have my check deposited directly into my account. I don’t even feel guilty about it.
BTW… I haven’t been able to be around much but I really do like the Editorial cartoons you have been creatin’.
No problem…you can just send me an earring or two.
I have been very productive lately on the jewelry. Now I just gotta go out and start sell it. What color earrings would you prefer?
Something to match my eyes
I was thinkin’ more of some green to match your hair.
My thoughts are mostly of a congratulatory nature, Bearman…
happy to see you’re getting those well-deserved votes!
Thanks RJ…appreciate all the support.
No problem! I wish I could do a lot more in the way of purchasing everyone’s books, art, other work, etc… but a few clicks to help out someone who has been so supportive over the years is something I actually can (and am very happy to) do! Anytime, Bearman!
I try to make supporting me not costly.
Surprising he needs to take the SS check… the guy is/was a Doctor, and a congressman, so he is undoubtedly not hurting for cash…
Definitely not on the Senator pension
If I was in that situation the money would go straight to charity but I guess each to their own. Sometimes democracy sucks.
Yes we are all about charity with other people’s money..hahah
I think if you pay into it you should be able to cash the checks, I have been paying into it since I was 5 If I could I would start drawing on it now.
You could potentially….let me cap your knees
I think I will keep my knees in tact but thanks for the offer. lol.
It’s amazing how long some people can hold on to childhood logic: “It’s only wrong if someone else is doing it.”
Seems logical to me
I remember having to pay into Social Security for many years. I was so poor that I would have rather had the money. That wasn’t an option. I start collecting mine next year. I’ll cash every one of those checks. They’ve had my money for many, many years.
Have a terrific day. 🙂
Absolutely…but you haven’t been working hard to get rid of the program either. Just begrudgingly donating…
Hmm..I have to say I get my American updates on politics mostly from your comics! But glad to say I’m in Canada =P well, nevermind we have our share of a mess up here too.
Don’t feel bad. I think alot of Americans get their news from my comics as well. Maybe I should pull out the Canadian newspaper and do one about there.
Well said. There is something not right here.
I guess it depends on what kind of constitution you have, Dr. Paul.
Why did I read that as constipation?
Well he puts forth that it is unconstitutional (dubious) but it still is HIS money just like the rest of us. OTOH he probably doesn’t need it.
True but you don’t need MY money either..haha
I keep pushing that vote button, but I still haven’t gotten any chocolates!
You push too hard and the chocolate drops will come out the backside.
Not the kind I was looking for.
If Ron wants to send his cheques my way I will accept the donations on your behalf Bearman
Me too Tony
I’m rather two-faced, so I’d cry about the “unconstiutionalitiness” (yes, I created that word) and would head straight to the bank to cash my SS check. I’m not too proud to ride both sides of a fence. 🙂
That could be painful to your crotch though
One dude’s pain is another dude’s excruciating pleasure.
Did the States insistence on the right to write amendments mean the Constitution was unconstitutional?
Yes…now don’t confuse me with your logical statements haha
So, he should pay into and not collect?
Yes! He is the one saying it is wrong
He has no choice but to pay into it. It’s HIS money they took for his entire life. And he’s not saying it’s “wrong”, what he’s saying is that Social Security doesn’t work as well as people investing their own money for retirement. The federal government loses 25 cents of every dollar it collects just on administration costs. Your bank doesn’t lose anywhere near that much money.
Ron Paul has always been a little squirrely (he’s a bit popular here in Connecticut) so anything he says I take with a grain of horseradish.
It’s alway popular to demonize guv’t programs one hand, and yet, partake in those same guv’ment programs with the other.
Exactly…personally I think I am the only one who should be allowed to be a hypocrite.
I have to catch up on my voting after being gone for several days.
Well since you can only vote for a current round, you’ll have to make up for it with the next one posting tomorrow..haha
Thanks once again for the delightful political enlightenment. lol