published Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

The Party

about Clay Bennett...

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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AndrewLohr said...

Gotta admit RINOs can quote Tea Partiers mentioning the 57 states, or similar gaffes. RINOs can admit they can't win without Tea, as well as vice versa.

Meanwhile, Democrats are fixing to tax healthy young people to pay sick people to be sick. Social Security taxes working black and poor people to pay longer-lived white and white-collar people not to work. It's going broke too. Bad guys are oozing to the top in the Arab world. The two leading Democrats for '16 are Mr Biden and Mrs Clinton, both over 60. Rand Paul talking for 13 hours held our attention. The GOP has opportunities: it can empower people instead of pandering to them to use their votes for power for itself.

March 19, 2013 at 1:15 a.m.
nucanuck said...

Yes, we are all watching as the GOP devours their own, and what a gristley, tasteless bunch! Trapped in the hinterland of their own minds, jousting with windmills, blinded by hubris, and determined to divide and conquer. They are our Keystone Cops who want to do right if only they knew right from wrong.

Good cartoon Clay, but having two of the presumed three licking their chops with a bit of a twinkle was a bit macabre. I'm twisted enough to find it funny, but we shall see how the comments go.

March 19, 2013 at 1:32 a.m.
MasterBlaster said...

Republicans = Trashing the US economy to punish Americans for rejecting their idiotic ideologies...

March 19, 2013 at 2:34 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

I for one am happy to see the republican party struggle over its identity. The old guard has lost its way and needs to make room for those who truly believe in Constitutional principles and are not interested in continuing the illegal projection of US power on sovereign nations.

Let's just hope the young guy does not get eaten by the old.

March 19, 2013 at 4:44 a.m.
Cactus said...

I think the biggest problem in Washington are the old guard politicians like McCain, Reid, Pelosi, etc. The longer a politician stays in Washington, the more corrupt they become. The old guard politicians put this country on the path to bankruptcy. It's time to clean house (and senate) in 2014. We need younger people with newer ideas running the country.

March 19, 2013 at 5:45 a.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Wow! . . . It’s a bit ghoulish, but what a clever cartoon, Clay Bennett. . . A real case study of mediated natural selection in action. . . And all things Republican considered, I suppose the women, children and seniors in that party were among the first to be sacrificed. . . As to those two white male survivors, I think they deserve each other.

March 19, 2013 at 6:05 a.m.
anniebelle said...

I've got my popcorn and my big gulp of green tea to watch this circular firing squad. I'm glad to see Rience Priebus and Michael Steel joining one of the three rings in this 'big tent' circus. They're letting all the loonies out of their padded cells to join the fun and keeping anyone who might spoil their clown show outta' there. Ah, yes, I see there's been some profound thought put into this re-packaging of the burning bag they put on our front porch.

March 19, 2013 at 6:22 a.m.
joneses said...

Bennett has shown his lack of intellect again. He never says anything good about O'bastard or the dimwitted dummycrats. I understand as I cannot find anything good to say about them either.

It is amazing that the mentally challenged liberals believe O'bastard when he said America does not have a debt problem. What is so absurd about O'bastard saying this is he said President Bush was unpatriotic and irresponsible when he added 4 trillion dollars to Clinton's 5 trillion dollar debt. O'bastard is on track to add 16 trillion dollars to the debt in 8 years after he promised to cut in half in his first term the 9 trillion dollars in debt left by Clinton and President Bush. But what is really absurd is you mentally challenged liberals give O'bastard a pass and think 25 trillion dollars of debt is good for America. Where is your outrage? I spoke to a liberal the other day they swore up and down that America did not have over 16 trillion dollars of debt. When I referenced the debt clock the response was "it must be a Republican debt clock". Are all of you liberals that blind and stupid? Apparently you are as you prove it everyday by letting O'bastard get away with the lies he told you and continues to tell you. Open your eyes for God's sake. O'bastard is lying to you. Hold him accountable and stop letting him use you as fools.

March 19, 2013 at 6:35 a.m.
EaTn said...

While all the various extreme-right to middle-right wingers are trying to re-brand their party, voters have already realized the democrats have the brand they're seeking.

March 19, 2013 at 6:40 a.m.
anniebelle said...

Can we at least start this conversation with basic facts? The public debt on Jan. 20, 2009, when Obama took office was $6.3 trillion. So "all those other presidents combined" were responsible for $6.3 trillion in debt. Under Obama, it has grown by $3.4 trillion to $9.7 trillion, according to the most recent figures available. The debt is certainly a major issue these days — Democrats and Republicans are still wrangling over spending and the debt ceiling. Even if we look at the total outstanding debt, which includes money the government owes to itself, Obama hasn't accumulated more debt than all other presidents. Total outstanding debt was $10.6 trillion when the president was sworn in; it has increased by $3.7 trillion to $14.3 trillion. The debt nearly doubled under Bush and nearly tripled under Reagan.

March 19, 2013 at 6:55 a.m.
dude_abides said...

I think they're making a Donner pass at each other. Look at 'em, there's more than just hunger in their eyes. They've circled the wagons and now they're making tents. lol Great cartoon!

March 19, 2013 at 7:20 a.m.
degage said...

Annie, the debt is 16.7 trillion. What planet are you on?

March 19, 2013 at 7:25 a.m.
MickeyRat said...

Anniebelle opened her post with a question. The answer to which is - NO.
Never let facts stand in the way of good old fashion (and discredited) ideology.
Which is: Privatize profits - socialize losses. OR: Socialism for the rich, Capitalism for the rest. Less Govt.- less regulation...except for personal icky stuff.

Remember everyone: 'Drill here, Drill now. Patriotism means one person- per SUV.
For me- it's a BMW --X3.

March 19, 2013 at 7:53 a.m.
conservative said...

Good morning Ike.

There is nothing more tragic than to come to the end of life and know we have been on the wrong course. Watchman Nee

March 19, 2013 at 8:31 a.m.
Lr103 said...
  • Andrew said...Meanwhile, Democrats are fixing to tax healthy young people to pay sick people to be sick. Social Security taxes working black and poor people to pay longer-lived white and white-collar people not to work. It's going broke too*

AndyPansy, now you know the above isn't true. When did you GOP clowns start to care about poor black people? They've been your primary target. The GOP claims have been blacks, in particular, are a dredge on society, pulling entire societies down. When are you GOPers going to stop your senseless and evil divide and conquer methods.

I read yesterday where the GOP is prepared to spend over 10 million bucks in African-American, Asian and Latino communities in an effort to lure them to their side. That coming on the heals and after they gave inspiration to all those racist hate groups and militias. Those individuals aren't that naive. Nowhere near. They know the first time someone approaches you and basically spit in your face for no reason, BELIEVE THEM! That's the person's true nature and character. The GOP basically spit in faces of those groups all through the last campaign for no other reason than their race. All the while inspiring and giving rise to racist hate groups.

March 19, 2013 at 8:39 a.m.
Maximus said...

Mtnfart.....I don't quite have Koch Brothers money but I'm very comfortable here in no state income tax Red State Tennessee. By the way, what's the difference between the Koch Brothers on the Right and George Soros on the Left.........nothing. I told you bottom feeders ITS ABOUT THE MONEY BIATCHES. Mtnfart don't forget to pick up your WIC vouchers and EBT card today......I know, it's alright, it's the best an Obama Welfare client can do.

March 19, 2013 at 9:11 a.m.
tifosi said...

Sure we have a debt! Two wars and the fact that we had to buy ourselves out of a recession caused by the GOP is why we are in debt. When they GOP and RWNJ's step up and take responsibility for their own actions instead of deflecting it on the current administration, then their credibility will start to improve.

March 19, 2013 at 9:14 a.m.
joneses said...

anniebell, you are a liar or just plain stupid. President Bush inherited about 5 trillion dollars of debt from Bill Clinton and added about 4 trillion dollars to it and O'Bastard has added almost 7 trillion dollars of debt and has nothing to show for it but high unemployment, high inflation when you add food and fuel, and more people on welfare than anytime in history. O'Bastard is a failure as a man and a person who occupies the white House.

tifosi, O'bastard was elected based on him promising he would cut the debt in half so that makes him a liar and a failure. But he can do whatever he wants because the fools that put him in the White House are to chickensh!t to hold his sorry a$$ accountable.

March 19, 2013 at 9:56 a.m.
caddy said...

Well said, Andrew Lohr

"Meanwhile, Democrats are fixing to tax healthy young people to pay sick people to be sick. Social Security taxes working black and poor people to pay longer-lived white and white-collar people not to work. It's going broke too."

The Providence of God has a lot to say about work:

Now the Providence of God with respect to our civil callings may be displayed very takingly in the following particulars.

From an Old Puritan who understood the Puritan Work Ethic:

"In directing you to a calling in your youth, and not permitting you to live an idle, useless and sinful life, as many do who are but burdens to the earth, the wens of the body politic, serving only to disfigure and drain it, to eat what others earn. Sin brought in sweat (Gen. 3. 19), but now, not to sweat increases sin. He that lives idly cannot live honestly, as is plainly enough intimated (1 Thess. 4. 11, 12). But when God puts men into a lawful calling, in which the labour of their hands or heads is sufficient for them, it is a very valuable mercy; for in so doing they ‘eat their own bread’ (2 Thess. 3. 12). Many a sad temptation is happily prevented, and they are ordinarily furnished by it for works of mercy to others, and surely ‘it is more blessed to give than to receive.’

John Flavel

http://www.reformedliterature.com/flavel-the-mystery-of-providence-ch04.php

March 19, 2013 at 9:57 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

joneses, I am also flagging your posts if you continue to be profane and belligerent.

conservative, I will begin flagging yours for stalking and for hijacking threads.

March 19, 2013 at 10:08 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

It has been purported that Marie Antoinette and others among the French aristocracy said of the peasants to "Let them eat cake." Clay's cartoon is a way of saying (of today's aristocracy, the Grand Old Plutocrats), "Let them eat themselves!" The self absorbed, wretched fools are so pitifully out of touch it's fun to watch them wiggle and squirm as they devour themselves before our very eyes.

March 19, 2013 at 10:11 a.m.
jesse said...

Seems to me that using what went down w/the Donner party as an anology in a political cartoon is some what insenseitive! What next ,maybe a Jamestown anology!

March 19, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Uh-oh. Watch out, Clay. You are on jesse's radar screen. Mr. Sensitivity himself.

March 19, 2013 at 10:36 a.m.
degage said...

Rickaroo, you could take a few lessons on sensitivity from jesse.

March 19, 2013 at 10:59 a.m.
conservative said...

Ike,regarding your "conservative, I will begin flagging yours for stalking and for hijacking threads"

If by stalking you mean my 8:31 quote then I must remind you that you were the one who liked swapping quotes. You called it a game and I believe made a statement about keeping it up all day long.

Don't get on your high horse with me for you have repeatedly addressed me first and have often called me a liar and have been vulgar at times also. I have it documented.

However, I will quit addressing you if you will agree to quit addressing me.

March 19, 2013 at 12:12 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

I have not addressed you for quite some time, conservative, and only on threads where you contacted me first. I make it a point of avoiding you unless you post something that is a lie. You jump into several threads each day, completely off topic, trying to pick a fight, and only make yourself look stupid. You will NEVER turn me towards your twisted religion, so you might as well stop trying.

However, I will quit addressing you if you will agree to quit addressing me.

If you come here and post a lie I WILL point it out.

March 19, 2013 at 12:26 p.m.
conservative said...

There you go again calling me a liar. When I have challenged you in the past to post the lie you have not done so. You just are not very good at debate and resent it so you resort to name calling.

It nearly always comes down to name calling with Liberals.

Can we agree to never address one another again?

March 19, 2013 at 12:32 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Nope. And yes, you have lied here. Many times. When challenged you revert to quoting the bible or setting up straw men and knocking them down. Your little shocked innocent routine won't fool me because I've watched you for a long time. You will not get a free pass from me. And I will flag your comments if you derail threads; the TFP can choose whether they want to do anything about it.

March 19, 2013 at 12:41 p.m.
conservative said...

It is very childish to repeatedly call someone a liar and not back it up. Please, be civil.

March 19, 2013 at 12:45 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

You have a lot of moxie to make that last post, conservative. When you adhere to that standard, I'll listen. Until then, forget it.

March 19, 2013 at 12:47 p.m.
Maximus said...

Barry The Welfare Patrol Pimp states......get an EBT card to those Donner Boys stat. We will convert them to my favorite special interest group......bottom feediers.

March 19, 2013 at 12:59 p.m.
bluesky said...

Joneses, How old are you 12?? Obastard? your childish name calling is representitive of how moronic the republican party is so keep up the comments. By the way Bush 2 inherited a $5 trillion from clinton and he had a 400 billion buget surplus reduceing the 6.5 trillion debt he inherited from Bush1 and Reagan. Get your facts staight.

March 19, 2013 at 1:03 p.m.
miraweb said...

Brilliant cartoon, Clay! Love it.

March 19, 2013 at 1:11 p.m.
caddy said...

Oh, that we could have fiscal Clinton back on board !

March 19, 2013 at 2:07 p.m.
Jt6gR3hM said...

bluesky said...

“Joneses, How old are you 12?? Obastard? (Y)our childish name calling is representitive (sic) of how moronic the republican party is so keep up the comments. By the way Bush 2 inherited a $5 trillion from clinton and he had a 400 billion buget (sic) surplus reduceing (sic) the 6.5 trillion debt he inherited from Bush1 and Reagan. Get your facts straight (sic).”


Since your post is not exactly clear could you please clear up a few points?

Bush 2 inherited a $5 trillion debt from Clinton?

Clinton inherited a $6.5 trillion debt from Bush 1 and Reagan?

Clinton had a $400 billion dollar surplus that reduced the $6.5 trillion debt he inherited from Bush 1 and Reagan to the $5 trillion debt he left to Bush 2?

If you answer yes to these could you also explain your math and the source of you data?

BTW unless it was a simple oversight on your part it would be respectful in the future to capitalize “Clinton” and “Republican Party”.

March 19, 2013 at 3:16 p.m.
anniebelle said...

Starting at 45 percent of GDP in 1941 federal debt zoomed, reaching almost 122 percent of GDP in 1946 after the end of the war, with state and local debt adding another 7 percent. For the next 35 years successive governments brought down the debt, but then came President Reagan. He increased the federal debt up over 50 percent of GDP to win the Cold War. President Bush increased the debt to fight an illegal war and bail out his bankster buddies. President Obama is increasing the debt to fund a plan to revive the economy in the aftermath of the Crash of 2008.

March 19, 2013 at 4:13 p.m.
anniebelle said...

And by the way, since President Obama became chief executive, the national debt has risen almost $5 trillion. But how much of that was because of policies passed by Obama, and how much was caused by the financial crisis, the continuation of past policies and other effects? For this analysis, we worked with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities to attach a price tag to the legislation passed by Obama and his predecessor. George W. Bush’s major policies increased the debt by more than $5 trillion during his presidency. Obama has increased the debt by less than $1 trillion.

March 19, 2013 at 4:19 p.m.
limric said...

Great cartoon Clay. Although I think the two ravenous Boehner Party survivors wouldn't be appetizing - to either one. Y'know, fat gristle & a general distaste that is the GOP.

Anniebelle, I'll say it again. All that came before 2009 was sunshine and flowers.

March 19, 2013 at 5:28 p.m.
Jt6gR3hM said...

anniebelle said...

“Starting at 45 percent of GDP in 1941 federal debt zoomed, reaching almost 122 percent of GDP in 1946 after the end of the war, with state and local debt adding another 7 percent. For the next 35 years successive governments brought down the debt, but then came President Reagan. He increased the federal debt up over 50 percent of GDP to win the Cold War. President Bush increased the debt to fight an illegal war and bail out (the banks) his bankster buddies. President Obama is increasing the debt to fund a plan to revive the economy in the aftermath of the Crash of 2008.”


Since you have copied this from primarily left wing web sites I can’t hold you responsible for the misimpression that it leaves with readers. However I would like to correct this for the sense of accuracy. Your post states “the next 35 years successive governments brought down the debt”. The truth is that since 1951 the actual total of the debt has not been reduced year to year and this quote refers to only the debt in relation to GDP.

The primary reason for this is not that federal spending was reduced but that from the post war era until the late 1970’s the economy was expanding at a much larger rate than government spending growth. This economic growth fed more revenue into government coffers thus resulting in a lower debt to GDP ratio. The greater part of this growth was due to having a mature and fully intact manufacturing base after the war and the rest of the developed world was to a large degree in shambles. After 30 years of new development they had caught up and have now surpassed us due to our general indifference to maintaining our industrial base.

March 19, 2013 at 5:29 p.m.
Jt6gR3hM said...

anniebelle said...

“And by the way, since President Obama became chief executive, the national debt has risen almost $5 trillion. But how much of that was because of policies passed by Obama, and how much was caused by the financial crisis, the continuation of past policies and other effects? For this analysis, we worked with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities to attach a price tag to the legislation passed by Obama and his predecessor. George W. Bush’s major policies increased the debt by more than $5 trillion during his presidency. Obama has increased the debt by less than $1 trillion.”


Once again you have copied a quote from a left wing political commentator that is using data from a left wing research and policy institute so you can’t be entirely to blame for any errors you may have posted. It comes from the Washington Post and was written by opinion writers Todd Lindeman and Ezra Klein and Published on January 31, 2012. They used as their data source the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Their conclusions are highly debatable and for all practical purposes could just as easily be counter by information from a right wing web site such as; the Heritage Institute and the writer Brian Riedl.


“A chart created by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) has been circulating among liberal bloggers such as Ezra Klein, James Fallows, and Andrew Sullivan.”

“Under a current-policy budget baseline, Washington will collect $33 trillion in taxes and spend $46 trillion over the next decade. One could cherry-pick any $13 trillion in spending or tax policies and blame them for the entire budget deficit. CBPP chose to pick the tax cuts, wars, stimulus/bailouts, and economic downturn to equal the sum of the deficit.”

“One could have just as easily singled out Social Security and Medicaid (combined cost: $13 trillion), Medicare and net interest costs ($13 trillion), or discretionary spending ($15 trillion) for blame. There is no mathematical reason to single out the programs CBPP selected while ignoring the other costs.”


Since Obama was the president in 2009 and his party had control of both houses of Congress he had two years to alter any budgetary details that he so wished to correct Bush’s supposed errors. Such as ending both wars immediately, eliminating the Bush tax cuts, rescinding the Medicare drug plan, terminating TARP, etc., etc.

March 19, 2013 at 7:04 p.m.
prairie_dog said...

In this cartoon, the Democrats are waiting back in the ghetto for welfare to be invented.

March 19, 2013 at 9:07 p.m.
alprova said...

tu_quoque is baaaack....

Can anyone but me spot the posts?

March 19, 2013 at 10:53 p.m.
alprova said...

prairie_dog wrote: "In this cartoon, the Democrats are waiting back in the ghetto for welfare to be invented."

What a wonderful, non-racist thing for you to type.

Ghetto?

Yeah, uh huh, sure.

March 19, 2013 at 10:55 p.m.
bret said...

AndrewLohr wrote, "Social Security taxes working black and poor people to pay longer-lived white and white-collar people not to work."

That statement might mean something if it didn't come from a white guy who quit his job and lives off food stamps and every government handout he can get his hands on. Typical teabagger hypocrisy.

March 20, 2013 at 9:23 a.m.
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