An old Texas saying holds that "The Good Life" amounts to running out of money and breath at the same time. Jonathan Swift's "Modest Proposal" is being turned on its head. Roll over, Dean Swift! It was the custom among the indigenous people of the Arctic to push the geezers out of the igloo so that they might freeze to death and stop eating their share of scarce blubber. The latest proposal to lower the deficit proposes a generational shift: starve the geezers while making them work as Wal-Mart greeters until they breathe their last. If these are (fair & balanced) anarcho-capitalist tender mercies, so be it.
[Dan Perkins is an editorial cartoonist better known by the pen name "Tom Tomorrow". His weekly comic strip, "This Modern World," which comments on current events from a strong liberal perspective, appears regularly in approximately 150 papers across the U.S., as well as on Salon and Working for Change. The strip debuted in 1990 in SF Weekly.
Perkins, a long time resident of Brooklyn, New York, currently lives in Connecticut. He received the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Journalism in both 1998 and 2002.
When he is not working on projects related to his comic strip, Perkins writes a daily political weblog, also entitled "This Modern World," which he began in December 2001.]
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