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Exhibition Drawn to Purpose

Lisa Benson (b. 1958). Social Security, 2010. Ink drawing. Gift of the artist, 2012. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (033.01.00)
LC–DIG–ppmsca–37444 © Lisa Benson

Social Safety Net at Risk

Drawing an eagle on a nest of flimsy IOUs as symbolic of Social Security, Lisa Benson indicates how unsustainable the entitlement program has become by showing the bird's eggs slipping away. In this and other cartoons that comment on federal initiatives affecting the nation's economic well-being she advocates fiscal restraint. Among the few conservative cartoonists in the field, she contributes to the spectrum of public opinions on leading issues.