This Week’s Cartoon: “Makin’ it With Mitt”

So Mitt Romney has taken to giving speeches chock full o’ sound bites for the Tea Party, invoking Cold War paranoia and demonizing people who, god forbid, need to use the social safety net during hard times. An excerpt (via Washington Monthly):

“[Obama] seeks to replace our merit-based society with an entitlement society. In an entitlement society, everyone receives the same or similar rewards, regardless of education, effort and willingness to take risk. That which is earned by some is redistributed to the others. And the only people to enjoy truly disproportionate rewards are the people who do the redistributing — the government.”

What’s remarkable about that quote, aside from the fact that it is ludicrously false, is that Romney and the rest of the Republicans seem hell-bent on destroying what little meritocracy is left in this country, and replacing it with aristocracy. Would Mitt be running for president today had his father not been CEO of American Motors and Governor of Michigan? What if George Romney had been a victim of corporate restructuring instead? Would Mitt still have joined Bain Capital, and would he still be passing on that cool $100 million to his sons? And the fact that son Tagg touts his interest in “private equity” in his Twitter profile… surely that’s just meritocracy in action, having absolutely nothing to do with the Romney legacy whatsoever.

I really enjoyed drawing Mr. Perkins as Mitt, by the way. I think he plays the part well!


  • WP

    Inheriting a parent’s fortune is not “merit”.

    Luck has a lot to do with the acquisition of wealth.

    An “entitlement society” is one that allows people to possess a colossal amount of money while letting other (less lucky) people shoulder a greater burden in paying their country’s debts or being incapable of acquiring things that are vital to their own survival (such as food and medical treatment).

    Republicans’ tax policies amount to rewarding the rich for being rich while punishing everyone else for not being rich.

    The USA has global fame for the fact that its wealthy are taxed well below the levels of other developed countries. In other countries it is accepted (i.e., there’s no debate) that the richer you are, the higher the proportion of tax you pay, and that a national government should spend that money on things that are in the national interest, such as providing healthcare, education, or a “safety net” for people who weren’t lucky enough to be born into the Romney family.

  • Tom

    I’ve also been struck by how many people in the public arena owe their great fortune to being members of the Lucky Sperm Club. That includes members of the Bush dynasty going back to their grandpa, Prescott Bush, the Kennedys, and John McCain (having admirals as your daddy and grandpa can’t hurt and might even keep you from being thrown out of Annapolis) as well as the Romneys.

    I knew that Mitt’s five sons had all ve-ry care-fully avoided doing military service – this came up in 2008 when some reporters asked what his strapping young lads were doing as part of the war that “we have to fight.” I didn’t know they were each worth $20 million clams by virue of their work turning oxygen into carbon dioxide. Gee, if they’d gone into the Infantry they could have provided their own ballistic armor, hydration packs and other amenities.

  • Elmore

    I agree that Mr. Perkins is up to the job of portraying Romney, but I’d rather not see him back in the comics White House.

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.