This Week’s Cartoon: “World War III: In It For the Money!”

It’s remarkable how little the self-proclaimed deficit hawks seem to talk about trimming our pork-encrusted military expenditures.  I see on that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have surpassed a trillion dollars. I’m not sure I feel a trillion dollars safer. For a trillion dollars, I expect the nation to be covered in a climate-controlled biodome that vaporizes terrorists upon entry. Given that we can’t even get Star Wars right, and it took us nearly three months to plug a hole in the ground, I’m guessing a biodome is not in the cards.

Despite all that outlay of lucre, the economy still sucks, so it’s time for full-scale mobilization! And I mean mobilization, right down to the last able-bodied American. I want to see toddlers plugging rivets into tanks! Dogs hauling bags of bullets! That, my friends, is how to get things moving again. And it’s a hell of a lot more acceptable to the pundit class than, I don’t know, stimulus spending that helps people keep their jobs. Or letting the Bush tax cuts for six-figure earners expire as scheduled. Or helping the unemployed.  No, in the immortal words of The Exploited, LET’S START A WAR! But no nukes, please. That would kind of defeat the purpose.


  • RR Anderson

    For real. yeah, and unemployment benefits we got to cut those off because we’re worried about debt.

  • Mr. Mayes

    It’s all in the naming. Instead of “Stimulus Spending”, it should have been called “War on Economic Contraction”. Instead of “Raising Taxes (a.k.a. Bush Tax Cut Expiration)”, it should have been called “Securing our Finances”. After all, “War on Terror” and “Securing our Borders” seem to be acceptable to the Republicans in office, so they should have no problems with the aforementioned ideas, right?

  • Jen Sorensen

    Excellent framing, Mr. Mayes!

  • Shirley

    Can you please explain this more clearly?

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.