Claim: Opinion piece by Bill Cosby details political and social issues he’s tired of.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, August 2011]
“I’m 83 and I’m Tired” — by Bill Cosby
I’m 83. Except for brief period in the 50’s when I was doing my National Service, I’ve worked hard since I was 17. Despite some health challenges, I still put in
I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth” to people who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.
I’m tired of being told that I have to pay more taxes to “keep people in their homes.” Sure, if they lost their jobs or got sick, I’m willing to help. But if they bought McMansions at three times the price of our
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Origins: The above-referenced opinion piece detailing political and social
issues the author is “tired of” hearing about was penned by
Robert Hall blogs as The Old Jarhead at tartanmarine.blogspot.com, and the piece quoted here, titled “I’m Tired,” was his
Since August 2011 this opinion piece has been widely circulated on the Internet in a version that presents it as the work of comedian Bill Cosby. Dr. Cosby (who is actually 75 years old) had nothing to do with writing it, and his own site features a
denial of any association with it:
There’s an email floating around — entitled “I’m 76 and tired” — purportedly sent by me. I did not write the email, I did not send the email, I’m not 76, and I don’t subscribe to the ugly views expressed in the email. We are coming up to an important anniversary on Sunday [the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks], which is a day when we should all come together. Whoever wrote this email is not thinking about our country, or what is important. If you get the email, it’s time to hit DELETE.
Some readers who have viewed a correctly attributed version of this item have nonetheless confused its real author,
In form, this item echoes another “I’m Tired” piece written in 2005 by
Last updated: 26 April 2013
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