Last year, I made fun of the Washington Post for biased reporting when they used the world “slash” to describe a budget proposal that would have trimmed $6 billion out of a giant $3,800 billion budget.
I wrote that this was the budgetary equivalent of “going on a diet by leaving a couple of french fries in the bottom of the bag after bingeing on three Big Mac meals at McDonald’s.” A couple of other bloggers then had some fun by doing the exact calculations of what this would mean.
Now we have a cartoon version of Washington budgeting, authored by Gary Varvel.
Keep in mind, though, that this cartoon actually is inaccurate because it implicitly accepts the dishonest Washington definition of a budget cut (having spending grow, but not as fast as previously planned).
So the cartoon should show Uncle Same with some clippers, simply seeking to keep the weed from growing even faster.
And if we replaced Uncle Sam with Barack Obama, instead of scissors or clippers, he’d be holding fertilizer.