(Cartoon by Marshall Ramsey of Creators Syndicate.)
…then all we’d have to do is cry! For your amusement (just try to smile!), here’s a collection of “budget and deficit cartoons” put together by U.S. News and World Report. I found it via a link on this blog post by Leslie Marshall discussing what the new CBS News poll tells us–and why we should be a bit depressed about it and need cartoons like this to cheer us up:
To read the polls is not only confusing, but it shows how confused we the people are. Some polls show Americans want to cut spending, but they don’t want to raise taxes. Other polls show a majority of Americans want the Bush tax credits to end for the wealthy. And after Rep. Paul Ryan put forth his machete to Medicare, he was booed at town hall meetings, and a Democrat won a congressional seat in a district which had been a Republican stronghold for decades…
It sickens me when I hear the GOP talk about leaving something for our children and future generations when their proposals cut more education and Medicare and Social Security, making those programs a memory for our children. And without them, our children will be financially strapped, taking care of sick and elderly parents and grandparents.
Here’s another cartoon from the collection I want to highlight (this one by Chan Lowe for Tribune Media Services), because for awhile I’ve been wondering if someone could make a visually-informative video of this taking all the big things off the table–to make this same point: