This Week’s Cartoon: “Deficit Memories”

I realize I say this a lot, but I’m more frightened by the state of the nation than ever before. American politics have always been brutish and ugly, but the bottom has completely fallen out. Republican extremists are running the country like a James Bond villain threatening nuclear war if he doesn’t get his ransom, but there’s no 007 to save the day. Obama throws up his hands. Beltway pundits blame “Washington.” The hypocritcal lack of concern about deficits under Bush goes unmentioned.

This is not politics-as-usual. As Joe Nocera described it in the NYT: “Our enemies could not have designed a better plan to weaken the American economy than this debt-ceiling deal.” And now they’re onto the FAA. I don’t see how this situation gets any better.


  • Halliburton Shill

    At last, an accurate account of history. If we can’t count on Republicans to accurately record history in our school books, who else will think of the children?

  • Tom

    A weird thought hit me yesterday: Instead of declaring war on the United States, Japan and Germany could have used their resources to set up think tanks and so-called “institutes” in Washington that would pay people to argue against Franklin Roosevelt’s policies. They would have appeared on radio shows and the lecture circuit to denounce the Two-Ocean Navy Bill, the Selective Service Act, and all of the aspects of the New Deal. With a bit more money, they could have hired people to appear at “spontaneous rallies.” And left the United States too weak to interfere in the conquest of Europe and the “Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere” as the Empire of Japan was known.

    That was a time in our nation’s history when, to achieve victory, we not only taxed the rich, we asked everybody to chip in extra pocket money for War Bonds. One advertisement by the New York Central Railroad, asking for $13 Billion for building hospital trains for wounded soldiers being brought home, asked “Who would hold back anything for those who held back nothing?” The answer today is the rich, who would rather have the United States slide down into an economic abyss of unpaid teachers, hospitals without money, potholed highways and stagnant development than see their precious tax exceptions be menaced.

  • Jen Sorensen

    If WordPress had a “like” button, I would hit it for both of these comments.

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.