I shared some sequester cartoons last month, but I didn’t think they hit the nail on the head.
As regular readers know, I want the message to be focused.
- The problem is spending, not deficits.
- Government is too big.
- The sequester is a good thing, albeit too small.
- Obama and the other politicians are engaging in hysterical hyperbole to protect special-interest spending.
I think that message is slowly sinking in, which is why I was much happier about the next batch of sequester cartoons.
Now we have an embarrassment of riches. Enjoy (and widely share) this set of cartoons.
We’ll start with Michael Ramirez, who uses pie charts to show how much bigger government is today and how the sequester is just crumbs.
And here’s one from Ed Gamble showing the President engaging in fear tactics, though both Ramirez and Gamble are wrong about the “cuts.” The sequester cuts $85 billion of “budget authority,” but that translates into only $44 billion of “budget outlays.”
That’s just 1.2 percent of FY2013 spending. And remember that this means spending will still go up compared to FY2012 – as I explained in my most recent interview.
Here’s a cartoon from Gary Varvel, which is quite similar to an excellent cartoon he produced last year.
Here’s one from Glenn McCoy, poking fun at Obama for taking everything in stride…except when something happens to threaten the amount of waste in Washington.
I’m especially fond of this Glenn Foden cartoon since I’m sick and tired of the absurd hyperbole from the interest groups in DC.
Makes me wish I could bop a few Chicken Little characters on the head.
Last but not least, Lisa Benson makes fun of Obama for his never-ending efforts to instill panic.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the sequester happens on March 1. Then, even if the Obama Administration deliberately tries to cause inconvenience for the American people, we’ll see that the world doesn’t come to an end.
Who knows, maybe that will even lead lawmakers to think they can impose some real fiscal restraint, as we’ve recently seen in countries like Estonia and in the 1990s by nations such as Canada and New Zealand.