This week’s cartoon: Handy Candidate Comparison Chart

I find that people who spew the platitude that “the candidates are the same” tend to be the ones who have the least to lose if the wrong candidate is elected. At risk of sounding melodramatic, these elections truly are a matter of life and death. If you end the Affordable Care Act and millions of Americans lose their health insurance, people will die as a result. A recent estimate puts the number at 26,000 deaths per year due to lack of insurance; that’s more than a few September 11ths. Then there’s the Global Gag Rule, which Romney would reinstate. It rarely gets mentioned, but this policy wreaks havoc on women in impoverished nations. Romney would also end contributions to the U.N. Population Fund, which combats the spread of HIV and prevents 22,000 deaths annually.

These are but a few examples. Turning Medicare into a voucher program, radicalizing the Supreme Court for a generation, and displaying an open hostility toward science probably won’t help things either. Obama isn’t perfect, but as far as I’m concerned, voting is a moral arithmetic problem with a clear answer.


  • Patrick

    Guantanamo might’ve found a place somewhere in the graphic

  • Roger Bloyce

    There has been nothing like the current presidential election in American history. Republican officeholders are denying citizens the right to vote, and the two Republican candidates, Romney and Ryan, advocate the elimination of programs that are obviously essential to our well-being.

    Obama, on the other hand, has failed to lead (ie. inform the electorate) on such vital issues as fuel depletion, global warming, gun control, health care, and the need for further fiscal stimulation. As a result, he has done far more damage than George W. Bush and is unquestionably the worst President so far in American history.

    But the choice on Tuesday is between incompetence and insanity.

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.