Archive for March 10th, 2013

When I last checked, Henry Payne was winning the bronze medal in the contest to identify the best political cartoonist.

You can see why by checking out this cartoon about Washington’s reaction to sequestration, which (gasp!) slightly slows the growth of the federal budget so that it is only $2.4 trillion bigger 10 years from now rather than $2.5 trillion bigger.

Payne Sequester Cartoon

What makes the cartoon so effective is not just the humor, but also the fact that it makes clear that government is too big and it also debunks the Keynesian notion that bad things will happen if we have even an itsy-bitsy degree of fiscal discipline.

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I’m not a TV watcher. I don’t even have cable. So I’m only vaguely aware that there’s a program called “Parks and Recreation.”

Based on these clips, though, it seems that Ron Swanson would be my favorite character.

Let’s start with his inside assessment of government efficiency. This is the snarkiest clip I’ve seen about local government, rivaling this brutal video on overpaid firefighters.

Makes my video on overpaid bureaucrats pale in comparison.

But is he right about local government? Well, read this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, and this and decide for yourself.

Oh, and don’t forget what our feckless local school officials are doing to America’s children.

Swanson also has an amusing take on the general topic of bloated government.

I’d apply the same level of skepticism to the defense budget, of course, but Swanson’s character is on to something. Sort of the same theme of government being bloated and overweight that can be found in cartoons here, here, here, and here.

Then there’s this gem.

The piglet comparison, needless to say, made me think of this famous Chuck Asay cartoon.

I’m curious, by the way, whether Swanson’s character on the program is unappealing. In other words, is this an example of Hollywood seeking to mock libertarianism?

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