This Week’s Cartoon: “Hedge Fund Nation”

Only in a nation that is truly ill-informed could Republicans block unemployment aid for millions unless the most fortunate among us get tax cuts, while simultaneously talking out the other side of their mouths about deficits burdening our children. All this while we live in a new Gilded Age of mind-blowing income inequality. It’s almost too absurd to contemplate. But you knew that already. As for my thoughts on the Great Compromise: I think Obama could have used his rhetorical abilities to put the GOP on the defensive. But caution is his middle name (it has officially replaced “Hussein,” in fact), and it’s going to come back and bite him on the butt.

One almost gets the impression from the GOP that something is wrong with you if you’re still doing actual, useful work (or would like to, except for the fact that there are five available workers for every job opening), as opposed to occupying the loftier realms of high finance. So I decided to play around with the idea of everyone becoming a banker. Related cartoon from 2004 (a personal fave): “The Labor Chain


  • Sarah Culpeper

    Well put, Jen. I like the comic, too, but sadly, I can’t even muster a smile for it this week. I am sick with anger since seeing Inside Job on the weekend, and am still too disgusted by Wall Street sociopaths to start laughing. For the first time in my life, I, a consummate humanities/arts person, am having these thoughts about “changing the system.” Blah. If I don’t implode from disgust first.

  • Jen Sorensen

    I want to see that movie soon. I’ve heard good things.

  • Michael Welle

    I have an unemployed sibling who is glad Obama is doing what has to be done in order to keep unemployment benefits. I think he did use some of his rhetorical abilities when he said the repubs were holding the middle class hostage. But I would like a little more pushback on his part. I mean, maybe I don’t understand it, but why don’t the dems use reconciliation more often in the senate when they have the majority? Why only use it for health care?

  • Mr. Mayes

    @Michael Welle

    From what I understand reconciliation can be used only one a year. I was wondering the same thing myself until someone told me about the limitation.

  • Michael Welle

    Thanks Mr. Mayes,
    I also found out that reconciliation can be used once per fiscal year (assuming a new budget has passed). Unfortunately, the Senate has yet to pass a FY2011 budget, so it can’t use reconciliation to pass the unemployment benefits and tax cuts. Here is a link explaining:

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.