According to my reader poll, Michael Ramirez is the nation’s best political cartoonist.
His new masterpiece about entitlements is a good example of his talent. In one image, he manages to convey how the system lures people into danger by offering the illusion that they can get something for nothing.
In other cases, though I’m afraid we’ve already passed the point of biting the hook, particularly for many of the middle-class entitlements. We’re now being reeled in and face a very real danger of being turned into euro-style fish filets.
But it’s very important to realize that not all entitlement reform is created equal. As I explained back in 2011, the left would be more than happy to impose price controls and means testing as part of a “grand bargain” that seduces gullible Republicans into accepting a tax hike.
Which is why this Glenn Foden cartoon hits the nail on the head.
Sort of reminds me of this Ramirez cartoon. Simply stated, Republicans are dangerously susceptible to bad deals, which helps to explain why tax-increase budget agreements are always fiscal disasters.
The moral of the story is that we need the right kind of entitlement reform, but that won’t be possible until at least 2017.
P.S. If you want a tragically funny look at how the welfare state changes people for the worse, read the politically correct version of The Little Red.