When I saw the news about the Southwest Airlines airplane and the hole in its roof, I knew it would be good for a cartoon. I had one idea of a passenger, a guy maybe, with his head sticking out of the hole and a cigarette in his mouth saying, “Finally, a place to smoke,” but it wasn’t at all political and there’s too much going on in politics right now that need to be addressed.
The Republicans are doing their time-honored schtick of balancing the budget on the backs of the poor and elderly. Instead of easing their financial burden, the GOP will add to it while protecting their benefactors, the rich, from a fair tax rate.
Why this country continues to tolerate the inequities between the rich and the middle class is beyond me. I’ll never understand how the working stiffs in America can possibly be members of the Republican Party at this dark, dark time in national politics. I guess the elephant knows what buttons to push with frightened people. If you’re terrified of terror, an anti-abortion, evangelical Christian who hates gay marriage, and think prayer in school will solve everything, I guess that’s all that matters. The fact that Republicans always do things that are not in the interests of the working man doesn’t enter into the equation. Style triumphs over substance.
Stop by the Mark Twain House and Museum to see my exhibit of original editorial cartoon art. “Drawing Fire: Bob Englehart’s 30 years at The Courant.” It’s free and will be up through May. For more information, call the Mark Twain House and Museum at 860-247-0998. As long as you’re there, take a tour!
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