Liberal Bias on Air Controller Cartoon?

Jeff Darcy / Cleveland Plain Dealer

Last week, an air traffic controller fell asleep in the middle of the night at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, forcing two airplanes to land without any guidance from the tower.

Jeff Darcy, the staff cartoonist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer (click to view more of his cartoons), choose to highlight the ghost of Ronald Reagan, who fired more than 11,000 air traffic controllers back in 1981 when they ignored his order to return to work.

“You liberals just can’t let it go, can you? Even after 30 years,” wrote a reader about Darcy’s cartoon. “When you put your own want and greed before public safety, you get what you deserve. The air traffic controllers had it coming then, as do the public-sector unions today. They’re nothing but greedy bullies.”

What do you think: is Darcy’s cartoon fair or foul?

By Daryl Cagle

Daryl Cagle is the founder and owner of Cagle Cartoons, Inc. He is one of the most widely published editorial cartoonists and is also the editor of The Cagle Post.

21 replies on “Liberal Bias on Air Controller Cartoon?”

definitely poor taste. You show reagan with wings instead of horns and a pitchfork

Reagan was wrong then, and it’s still wrong. The ATC strike was about understaffing, and the results are still happening, as this shows. Maybe if a few congressmen are killed, the staffing guidelines will change.

Only ONE controller on duty at REAGAN “fire the controllers” National? As ye sow, so shall ye reap. When FAA management forces a controller to work overtime for many days straight (because they haven’t hired enough qualified staff to cover their responsiblities), this sort of thing happens. Federal law requires railroad dispatchers to quit working after 8 hours on duty regardless of whether another dispatcher is available — why isn’t this same law imposed on air controllers?

I really don’t understand all the hostility against union workers as if ‘they’ are responsible for all the ills in America. I think we will end up like a third world country soon with poverty being the norm and wealth in the hands of a few, is that what union haters really want? What happened to the Wall Street movers and shakers who were responsible for the current economic melt down (not the union workers) and putting the blame where it really lies……


So what is Fauxbama going to do about the shortage of ATC’s… is natural for a Demorat he will increase the size of Gov’ment.


So what is Fauxbama going to do about the shortage of ATC’s… is natural for a Demorat he will increase the size of Gov’ment.


I read the PD every day and Darcy takes as many shots at Liberals as he does at NeoCons. Its difficult to stay silent when I read comments about the greedy government employees while watching the ever so righteous Republicans redistribute our wealth to the richest 1% via tax cuts. Such hypocrisy. Oh BTW the FAA now requires 2 ATC at all times at Reagan and other airports. Seems appropriate if a little late.

I agree, thorbie. Such hateful comments are in poor taste. Reagan fired those controllers because they were taking part in an illegal strike which compromised public safety. He was right to do so. The current problem with air traffic control is one of them being overworked and understaffed. Also, the problem is with the FAA and their being behind the time on rules. The fact that it took until now to get 2 controllers overnight at major airports nationwide is criminal. I like the cartoon, but agree with you about the laser pointer. Finally, I liked that they made him an angel, as he was, in my view, the best President we’ve had in the last 40 years.

Even if there was a law, is there money to enforce it? Theoretically, there is an SEC, EPA, and someone to make sure there isn’t any salmonella in the spinach.

You misunderstand Jim. Public employees who (by striking) endanger the safety of the public can not strike, even if they insist that they are striking in the interest of public safety. A policy that was signed into law by Jimmy Carter, interestingly enough.

Sorry sir, wealth can only be redistributed down, not up, taking from those who have and giving to those who have not. Technically, if you give someone a cut so they pay less tax, you are letting them keep their own wealth. If you cut their tax to the point that they not only are getting the money they paid in back but also giving them more money on top of that, then you are redistributing the wealth.

Is it about safety, or commerce? Seems if this job is as stressful and important as they say it is, they would be as well compensated as the CEO’s that run the airlines.

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