published Saturday, January 1st, 2011


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The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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woody said...

Me thinks, had the gentleman on the right opted for Alka-Seltzer, he at least would have also had tiny little bubbles to tickle his nose while taking his medicine.

The man on the left (how odd is that), however, had better remember the past few years and think twice before becoming 'drunk' with power.

Oh WOW, it's finally come to me..Clay..this is a 'take-off' on the old Johnny Cash tune, "...the one on the left was on The Right, and the one on the right was on The Left..and the guy in the rear said, oh dear...."

Cute, real cute, Woody

January 1, 2011 at 8:47 a.m.
fairmon said...

Both party members should be shown drinking champagne and voters shown pouring it for them. Or, the voter shown taking Maalox laced with arsenic as members of congress were lifting their champagne glasses to each other.

January 1, 2011 at 9:07 a.m.
fairmon said...

It is interestng how the comments drift or evolve to a totally different topic. I just read several of those that responded to the jobs resolution 'toon and It is difficult and a stretch to link the comments to the 'toon.

January 1, 2011 at 9:48 a.m.
carlB said...

MSU 37 Alabama 20 Happy New Year! Username: wildman | On: January 1, 2011 at 7:21 a.m.

Reply: Not so quick the "Fat Lady has not sung yet. Today, we will see.

January 1, 2011 at 10:38 a.m.
Clara said...


If all you people drinking Malox, etc. kindly write to Mr. President and ask him to make a personal visit to Manning at Quantico, it would make this old lady feel a lot better about 2011!

January 1, 2011 at 10:56 a.m.
carlB said...

Mr. Bennett's drawing would have been more realistic if on the Republican side he would have had about six of the leaders standing there with the "smirks" on their faces.
The one person Democratic is appropriate in showing their divided strength. He could have shown some of the "lobbied" Democrats sneaking over to the Republican side.

January 1, 2011 at 11:02 a.m.
blackwater48 said...

Back to the cartoon for a moment.

The guy on the left is a Republican Senator who is celebrating a tax cut for millionaires and billionaires, the Country Club set of which he is a member. Who cares if it blows a $700 billion hole in the debt? Our great grandchildren can deal with it.

The guy on the right is a Democratic Senator who, although he is still in the majority, can't figure out how to keep the GOP from stealing his lunch money.

Which makes him sick to his stomach.

Addressing the broader point, republicans are trying to pass a law to make sure every Bill is paid for, except one.

Every program, even unemployment benefits, which has a positive effect on the economy, must be paid for by cutting programs elsewhere.

Every expenditure with one exception.

Even the Food Stamp program, which has a positive effect on the economy, must be paid for by cutting something else from the budget.

Every expenditure with one exception.

Of course the GOP is giddy over the prospects of cutting programs that help the poor and middle class, but don't directly benefit people richer than God.

The only exception to the republican proposed budget neutral oversight?

Tax cuts for the rich!

Maybe we should all down a glass of Maalox.

January 1, 2011 at 11:21 a.m.
Francis said...

why would obama visit manning in quantico?...the info. they released did a lot of damage to the obama administration..and hillary clinton.

to think manning and assange aren't in it for fame and naive.

assange is as slimey a character as there is.

the democrat party has proven to be a bunch of thugs and opportunists craving control, the republican party paved the way for them by their lack of conviction and desire to just be democrat party lite. democrats lie like they shed skin cells and republicans talk big then break promises and pretend they didn't lie.

the new congress had better come through.....we the american people have been gulping malox for the last two years...while the extremist liberals in charge have been living it up.

i see obama went to visit a childhood friend with a 20 car motorcade....

yeah..he's not imperial.

January 1, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.
Clara said...

Here is the White House Contact!

January 1, 2011 at 11:31 a.m.
hotdiggity said...

Username: Francis | On: January 1, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.

"..we the american people have been gulping malox for the last two years."

Yes Francis, for the past two years we have suffered from the policies of the bungling conservatives who for eight years almost destroyed the economy and the middle class.

I'm sure most people are not pining for the auld lang syne of those years anytime soon.

January 1, 2011 at 12:02 p.m.
SBrauer said...

Republicans not only drank a hefty dose of Malox for the last 4 years, but also had a shot of Imodium thrown in. I hope and prey the next 2 years will be better without Pelosi playing her "Your Majesty" role.

January 1, 2011 at 1:57 p.m.
rolando said...

The Democrats brought down the housing bubble and began our long slide to second-class citizenry, hotdiggity.

Our economy and the housing market were robust until early 2008...shortly after we were told by Bawney/Dodd that the housing finance situation was stable... At that point, the housing price index suffered the largest drop EVER. It was catastrophic and is STILL going on.

Many point to FDR's unprecedented interference with the economy as evidence that throwing money at the problem worked...maybe it WOULD have if he hadn't rescinded the Gold Standard that limited the amount of money printed and started the presses rolling.

Maobama and the Democrats took another unprecedented step by taking advantage of Nixon's making the private holding of gold illegal, creating today's fiat money. Maobama got the presses smokin' to the point that not even China wants our debt.

The Democrats advanced a $3TRILLION budget that had no discernible effect other than to greatly expand government. And they are STILL trying to do it.

So don't BS us with this being a Republican-caused problem...the Democrats have controlled Congress since 2006, about the time the economy started tanking. It is YOUR baby.

January 1, 2011 at 2:16 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

To the New Year . . .

The do-nothing banana gridlock party just won a majority in the house along with an extravagant tax deal goody bag so from their perspective there is cause to celebrate and guzzle champagne.

Meanwhile, it’s Maalox for the rest of us who are seeking real solutions to critical problems – joblessness, exorbitant healthcare costs, deteriorating infrastructure and twin M.E. wars.

January 1, 2011 at 2:30 p.m.
Clara said...

I'd rather have the President make an unscheduled, unannounced visit to Quantico.

January 1, 2011 at 3:13 p.m.
jimbob said...

Hey wildman, "Roll Tide"

January 1, 2011 at 3:22 p.m.
SavartiTN said...

UCF 10 Georgia 6. HAPPY New Year!!

January 1, 2011 at 8:22 p.m.
SavartiTN said...

Hmmm...presidents, friends, and motorcade visits...I remember quite a number of them by Bush to see his "buddy" Victor Ashe when I lived in the Knoxville area.

With that being said, I think that the Maalox should be distributed to all for free. Has anybody ever read this Citibank report from 2005 about Plutonomies?

The 2006 report is here:

Maalox, indeed...we are all going to need tranquilizers!

January 1, 2011 at 8:37 p.m.
alprova said...

I wish everyone a Happy and prosperous New Year, even though I know that little if anything will come down the pike from our legislators for those who are middle or lower income classes.

And that's okay. For the next two years, the Republicans are going to expose themselves for what they truly are, and their efforts will be in vain.

In two years, when Sarah Palin is dispatched back to Alaska to live off of her nest-egg amassed from her newfound, albeit temporarily extended fame, President Obama is reelected in a landslide victory to his second term, and the Democrats are restored to power, the business of the people who do most of the working, living, and dying in this nation will resume.

I plan to have a fantastic year, even if the money I bank this coming year will not likely be a reflection of success.

I owe no one more than what I pay-off each and every month, and nothing is going to change in that regard. I am not a slave to anyone these days, even if I am poor as dirt.

I will continue to do my level best to do business with only local establishments where my money benefits those who live in my community. I will not be swayed by price alone when making purchasing decisions, no matter how tempting it may be to do so.

And no matter how much I may disagree with decisions made by my President, he will still have my back, because he is doing his level best to represent all the people of this nation...not just those who may write a check to his campaign.

I vow to continue to fight ignorance and dishonesty for another year, even when if may seem a worthless cause to do so.

Who needs Maalox? I've still got a cast-iron stomach.

January 1, 2011 at 11:15 p.m.
hotdiggity said...

Rolando, your lack of perception of reality and history is truly staggering.

I'm sure you are waiting anxiously for the Repubs to attempt to revoke financial reforms and to do away with those other onerous regulations that put us in this mess.

Two wars-unfunded. Two tax cuts, unfairly skewed to the rich,-unfunded. Medicare Prescription Act-unfunded and passed with a refusal to require Medicare to negotiate with drug companies to lower prices.

Oh, and did I mention that the Repubs also held passing legislation to extend unemployment benefits hostage unless they got a continuation of the tax cuts skewed to the rich? Again...unfunded.

Gotta love those fiscal conservatives, especially if you are rich, a large corporation, or just ignorant of the fact that Republicans support corporations and the rich while paying lip service to the lower classes.

Funny how you did not see the tea baggers taking to the street decrying the latest unfunded tax cuts. I was under the impression their whole platform was against unfunded spending.

January 1, 2011 at 11:39 p.m.
Clara said...

My motto for the coming months is going to be... "Brad Manning is a Whistle Blower, not a traitor!"

I hope some of you will pass it on.


January 3, 2011 at 12:46 p.m.
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