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Saturday Morning Cartoons

Here’s a selection of my favourite political editorial comics of the week:

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Bloomberg: Canadian Health Care, Even with Queues, Bests U.S.

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Allan B. Bevere: On Why the Church in America Cannot Speak Truth to Power

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Cogitamus: Wingnut Values on Parade

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The Root: Jimmy Carter, True Son of the South, Hits Nail on the Head

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FiveThirtyEight: IBD/TIPP Doctors Poll Is Not Trustworthy

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4 replies on “Saturday Morning Cartoons”

LOVE the first two. Sort of annoying how conservatives only decide they care about the truth, freedom, and a government that acts lawfully when a Democrat is in the White House. They can fly the “Don’t Tread on Me” flag when they support legalizing heroin and prostitution, taking away tax-free status from churches, and getting the government out of the business of legislating which marriages are moral. A broken clock is libertarian twice a day, I guess.

Ted Rall, as always, is an obtuse jackass. Obamacare a Maserati? Hahaha. And being something that you own as oppose to share with everyone else? Uh — quite the opposite. I don’t see how mandated government-brokered care is a Maserati and private voluntary insurance is “riding the bus.” If anything, Obamacare is the bus, and private health care is a car that you drive (which could be nice, or could be crappy, or could be a bicycle). For the gentleman in the cartoon, it might be a 1993 Honda Civic. The Civic isn’t exactly riding in style, but dammit, it’s his option. Americans who aren’t rich like to think they will be in the future, and they’re hesitant to make decisions that’ll end up screwing their future affluent selves. This cartoon seems to see those people as saps for having… dare I say it… hope about their future. They should give up their private choices and gladly accept the government’s “benevolent gift.” It’s paternalistic and insulting.

Mark Jaquith: Now this is the sort of commentary the comics were meant to bring about! Always love hearing from you, Mark!

Rall’s “Bus vs. Maserati” comparison is wonky, as many of the compasions he’s made in his comics since 9/11. I think his best work is behind him and lcoated back during the era of Might magazine, when what he wrote — College is for Suckers and Quit Your Job. Work is a Sham — was provocative but still well thought-out. I included it because while the execution isn’t great, I think it started with a good idea, and that it might inspire some comments like yours.

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