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10 Cartoons that Sum Up the Debt Ceiling Debate

Sick of reading about the debt ceiling, the looming default crisis and armageddon? Then check out these terrific political cartoons that sum up the current situation with some humor.

Are you sick of all the debt ceiling talk yet? Tired of hearing about the looming default crisis, and what it’s going to do to our economy, jobs and interest rates? So are the nation’s cartoonists!

For weeks, they’ve been hard at work cranking out cartoons nonstop about the debt crisis we face, so I thought I’d pull ten cartoons that I think really sum up where we are, as depressing as that might be.

1. Caricaturist Taylor Jones thinks it’s about time to start learning a new Pledge of Allegiance…

2. Nate Beeler of the Washington Examiner thinks the media has frame the “lack of compromise” poorly…

3. David Fitzsimmons of the Arizona Star feels he’s found the source of Republican’s unwillingness to compromise…

4. Jimmy Margulies of the Bergen Record thinks Obama is living up to his campaign pledge (sort-of)…

5. Pat Bagley of the Salt Lake Tribune seems to have found his villain in this whole debacle…

6. Ottawa Citizen cartoonist Cam Cardow thinks we should just listen to Lincoln…

7. Buffalo News cartoonist Adam Zyglis sees a problem in the Republican fire-fighting methods…

8. Bob Englehart of the Hartford Courant was inspired by Pixar to describe his debt ceiling thoughts…

9. Eric Aille sums up his thoughts about the largest problem our country faces… Audrey 2!

10. This Taylor Jones cartoon of Eric Cantor seems to sum up the debate nicely…

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.

14 replies on “10 Cartoons that Sum Up the Debt Ceiling Debate”

That cartoon almost made me cry. So much truth there. So many people in my family have gone to foreign lands for Uncle Sam. Put their lives on the line, some died. Iraq, Viet Nam, Korea, WWII, WWI and back. And we are a laughing stock to the world. Maybe I will cry.

The Eric Cantor cartoon made me laugh out loud!  So far, it’s the only funny thing about any of this debt ceiling mess, and if these guys were in private industry, they’d be standing on the other side of the door, holding a pink slip in one hand, and something else in the other.  Sure hope my Social Security check comes…

The Eric Cantor cartoon made me laugh out loud!  So far, it’s the only funny thing about any of this debt ceiling mess, and if these guys were in private industry, they’d be standing on the other side of the door, holding a pink slip in one hand, and something else in the other.  Sure hope my Social Security check comes…

Shakespeare had a line about beware the thin and gaunt; they hunger for power and will smile and smile and put a dagger in your back.  This fits Cantor to a T.  He is always 
following Boehner with the look of an assassin, ready to step over him on his path to power.   Taylor Jones’ classic cartoon catches that drunken and arrogant ambition turned against Obama with iconic contempt.

Interesting that Mr. O never mentioned that congressional checks, white house checks and the like might not be paid. Just those without the power to do anythings but go along with whatever.

I get the impression from the Republicans that patriotic recipients depending on Social Security should make appointments at the nearest, privately run, death parlor.  After all, simple poverty should not excuse any real American from supporting the life style of important (read wealthy) folks and their corporations.

The world is not laughing at us. Like you, most are crying.  And US soldiers went to Iraq and Vietnam not for Uncle Sam but to feed the war economy which kills brave young men and women for corporate profits.  We all have lost family members in war, but that does not justify immoral, unnecessary wars.  Because the US has a war budget (400 billion to repay past war debts each yr) 25 times larger than Russia, troops in 150 nations, and is currently bombing in 5 Muslim nations, the world thinks the US is the most dangerous and reckless force in the world.  The Us is not being laughed at but often feared and often hated for its aggression.

Cheer up!  Since WWII, rich folks have generally avoided wearing uniforms.  As a general rule, so have their children.  For the most part, only relatively unimportant children of relatively unimportant people participate in wars nowadays.  The only drawback is that too many unimportant corpses are now taking up space at Arlington National Cemetery.

Fantastic, as usual.  
Demonstrates the politician’s “What’s in it for me…people be damned, except at election time when I hand out my pens and emory boards with my name on them to remember me.”  Yes, that grandma on medicare can absorb that tax increase…I need fuel for my jet.  Oh, those soldiers that fought in Viet Nam, Irag, Afganistan…they’ll get over the trauma created by the contractors that provided shoddy goods…The important thing is that I protect my income that I receive from the lobbyists and keep those campaign re-election funds there for my personal piggy-bank.  “Let them eat cake”

The debt-ceiling “debate” is a perfect example of the how two-party political systems suck.  A small group of short-sighted ideologues hold the country hostage and the *true* base of America, hard-working moderates, get screwed.  Thank you Boehner, Reid, Cantor, Pelosi, et. al., for taking care of your big-money donors, lobbyists, and far-right/far-left nutjobs.  Once again the fringes get the attention and the majority gets the bill.

It’s sad we have to have cartoons like this.  I’m convinced some of these people are in the wrong institution.  Instead of an institution of govt they should be in a mental institution!!  This debt thing is not a new problem… I taught govt in the early 70s, and used to tell my students that the interest payment on the debt was one of the highest items in our budget, and all we had to do to get rid of it was to pay our debts.  At that time we owed most of it to ourselves through govt bonds…. We should have never allowed foreign govts buy our bonds..   It will take sacrifice, and will also take some tax increases to get enough $$ to balance the budget and do it reasonably.  And this comes from a Republican!!

The funniest one is the #5 Pat Bagley James Bond parody.  The most acurate is is #9 Eric Aille’s little shop of horrors parody. Best artwork is #1 Taylor Jones.

Another example of how “our” Congress is controlled by lobbyists whose only concern is the interests of their multi-national masters. Tea-baggers demonstrated they know nothing about governing or public policy. In Colonial times they would have been against taxing to fund the revolution because Grover Norquist told them not one farthing to pay for the war. As the red-neck comic says, “ya can’t fix stupid”; however, stupid can tank an economy.

Earlier comments about American militarism are on target. Had a govenment job in South East Asia following college and saw how private contractors over-promised and under delivered. Most of the equipment was sub-par to the point where it cost lives, but made billions for the corporations. Rich always let the poor go in their place “W” hiding out in AL air national guard while I was in Saigon. I was a little more fortunate than most because the Army was dumb enough to put a bar on my collar! Even though most us were anti-war. Time to end the spending on Iraq and Afghanistan and get out of Germany, Japan, UK and 100 other places we’re not wanted. Save at least $200 billion a year.

Once again, America is safe and secure for the rich white guy!  I guess those of us who don’t fall into that category, for whatever reason, will have to pick up the slack.  Those of us here in Minnesota got a double dose this year.  First, they close the state, and then they almost close the whole country.  Enough, already.  Give us “ordinary” people a chance to see a list of everything our government spends money on, and we can figure out the budget.  We have to do it every day.

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