It was difficult to come up with something expressing my outrage at the President, as well as many Democratic members of the legislature, for joining together with Republicans to put 100% of the responsibility for America’s debt on the non-wealthy. Continuing President Bush’s tax cuts for the rich means the government won’t have the funds necessary to maintain infrastructure, help states out with their struggling economies, or continue funding programs that take care of the poor and the sick. Members of the Middle Class will have fewer options to prevent them from losing their homes as a result of long-term unemployment, and the homeless will have fewer options to prevent them from dying of exposure. The populace will get dumber since there’ll be less government assistance available for education, at least without literally prostituting oneself to America’s corporate oligarchy.
But I’m meandering. I started drawing two other cartoons, different from the one you see above, and even got close to finishing one of them, but decided in both cases that they didn’t quite fit how I felt. Even the cartoon I completed wandered well away from its initial concept, which was simply to visualize Obama stabbing the people who voted for “Hope” and “Change” in the back. It still doesn’t quite communicate how angry I am, but even as it is, it teeters on being too heavy-handed, so I’m glad I didn’t push it further.
Regular readers may recognize several themes in this cartoon which have appeared in several others recently. I was especially reminded of this one while working on it.