This Week’s Cartoon: “The Aristocratic Old Grandpa State”



I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of hearing smug Republicans toot their success horns while nagging the rest of us to work harder.

It takes a lot of chutzpah to oppose anything that might help American workers get ahead — unions, a robust safety net, minimum wage hikes — and then blame those workers for not earning enough money to pay federal income taxes (never mind all the other taxes they do pay). You can’t have it both ways! You can’t upend people’s lives through corporate takeovers and then call the downsized “irresponsible.” You can’t sow market chaos through deregulation and scoff at the small business owner who can’t survive the downturn. The disconnect is astounding. But such is the power of ideology.



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  • Tom

    The thing that really grinds my posterior is that so many of these characters – Willard Romney, John McCain, the Koch Brothers, Ivanka Trump and of course, the various Walton offspring – inherited their wealth or married right, or otherwise got their so-called success from somebody else’s work. Every time I hear about “the job creators” I ask how many jobs Paris Hilton has created.

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.

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