The Week’s Best Cartoons 3/20

As she does every week, TokyoSand has scavenged the ‘Net for the best political cartoons of the past week.  Thank you, TS, for all your efforts to bring us the ‘toons that tell a whole story with a single picture.

On one hand, there was a lot of great news this week: Americans got help thanks to the COVID relief bill, we confirmed more great folks to the Cabinet, and Biden beat his own goal to get 100 million vaccine shots administered in his first 100 days. But, there was also a lot of terrible news, which was covered by editorial cartoonists.


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The Rich Get Richer While The Poor …

The minimum wage increase to $15 per hour is essentially dead in the water … for the moment.  I saw a comment from a woman in the state of Washington that every member of Congress should be forced to answer …

“I live in Eastern Washington state and we are fortunate to have a much higher minimum wage for our workers. Our neighbors in Idaho are not so lucky. Many people who are able to live in Idaho work in Washington to benefit from the higher wage. The wage a person earns should be equal to the amount of effort that is required to do the work. I would really like to know though why our politicians think they deserve to make so much money. They say they care about the average worker and want a better life for all Americans, but when was the last time they tried to live on minimum wage?”

She makes excellent points, especially when you consider the fact that nearly half the members of Congress are millionaires!  Many members of Congress live in wealthy enclaves, use expensive healthcare services, and send their children to private or high-income schools.  Never once in their lives have they had to put something back at the grocery store because the total came to more than they had.  Never once have they had to make a choice between paying the rent or the electric bill.  Never once have they lived, even for a single week, in poverty.  Never once have they watched through tear-filled eyes as the repo man took their car away.  And yet, these are the people who make the decisions about our lives.

The current minimum wage of $7.25 equates to $15,080 per year.  The lowest paid member of Congress ‘earns’ $174,000 per year, which equates to $83.65 per hour, or 12 times what the minimum wage earner makes.  Think about that one for a few minutes.

Time in Washington is disproportionately spent fixated on the needs and desires of America’s wealthiest citizens, for they are the donors on which politicians’ campaigns rely.  I have said before that I think every candidate running for a seat in Congress should have to spend one full month in public housing, paid $7.25 per hour for a 40-hour week, and have zero access to their own money or resources.  I think it would be a tremendous eye-opener for many who have spent far too long in ivory towers and cannot possibly understand the challenges most of us face every day.

Amazing, isn’t it, that with the country deep in debt ($28 trillion), Congress was able to find it in their hearts to pass a tax cut benefiting almost exclusively the wealthy, but they cannot find it in their heart to increase the minimum wage that has remained stagnant for twelve years now, despite consistent increases in the cost of living!

Today, the Senate began debate on the pandemic relief bill that was passed by the House on Wednesday night.  The bill would provide a payment of $1,400 to individuals earning under $75,000 and families earning under $150,000.  Personally, I think those limits are too high and it should be reserved for those who are truly struggling … a family earning $150,000 is hardly struggling.  But to the point, the republicans in the Senate are against the bill, they want it to be far less, saying that the economy is coming back, people are going back to work, therefore they don’t need that much.  Tell that to the mother of three who is about to be evicted from her home because she can’t pay the rent!

Republican senators plan to delay passage of the bill by proposing numerous amendments, forcing valuable time to be spent debating each amendment, then voting on it.  Yesterday, thanks to Senator Ron Johnson, valuable time was wasted by forcing clerks to read the entire 628-page bill aloud to an audience of one – Senator Johnson.  Some people, meanwhile, cannot pay their electric bill and are in danger of having their electricity shut off.  The 535 members of Congress have never been in that situation and therefore cannot comprehend what it’s like.  I have been there and worse, and likely many of you have been too, but the people we elect and whose salaries we pay have no idea what being poor means.  They are blind to how the people they say they represent live, and yet they arrogantly say that $7.25 is enough for a family to live on, that the same family does not need a $1,400 stimulus payment.

A word of caution to members of Congress in both parties – keep up the delaying tactics, keep pushing the poor further and further into poverty, and there will be a price to pay.  Enough is enough, and We the People are sick of their greed and arrogance at our expense.  Some claim the U.S. is a democracy – it isn’t.  It is a plutocracy:  government by the wealthy.

Inhumane, Cruel and Unconscionable

Yes, of course I am talking about the current occupant of the White House … who else?  I am so damn sick and tired of writing about Donald Trump … and yet, it is he who poses the gravest threat to not only our own well-being, but to the lives of people all around the globe.

For the past week, he has been an even bigger jackass than before, starting with his unhinged behaviour during last Tuesday’s debate and culminating with his untimely return to the White House from Walter Reed hospital last evening.  And now, predictably, he is continuing to put the lives of his family, the White House staff, people in his administration, Secret Service agents, members of Congress, and others at risk for the sake of his own ego.

Worse yet, he is putting my life and yours at risk by convincing his not-too-bright base that the coronavirus isn’t dangerous after all, and that they should return to their everyday activities sans precautions.  This was tragically predictable, that if he lived and suffered no lasting effects, he would say, “See … it was nothing … just like I said … nothing to worry about.”  And some will believe him and they will take risks that put others at risk, and the chain is endless.

I have said it before, but perhaps now people … at least thinking people … will believe me when I say this ‘man’ has no conscience.  He is an abuser … he has abused his own children, his wives, other women, his staff, and now he is abusing this nation.  Yet just yesterday I read a comment by a woman claiming that he was put in this position by god and that made him godly.  Oh please, spare me …

A number of Trump’s minions have claimed that he is living proof the protocols called for by the medical community – mask wearing, social distancing, etc. – don’t work because … well, because Trump caught the virus, too.  TRUMP DID NOT FOLLOW THOSE PROTOCOLS, FOOLS!  He mocked people who did, he ‘demanded’ that businesses and schools reopen well before they should have, and he never wore a mask, thus exposing himself and everyone around him.  Knock off the damn lies, the obfuscation and the gaslighting!

The day that Donald Trump leaves office, hopefully at 12:01 p.m. on January 20, 2021, I hope there is a huge class action lawsuit filed against him for the lives he has cost us and for making our own lives a living hell on earth.

Three senators now have the coronavirus, Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Senator Mike Lee of Utah, and Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.  Two of the senators, Tillis and Lee, are on the Senate Judiciary Committee that will oversee the confirmation hearings for Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett.

Mitch McConnell has announced that he will delay the Senate’s return for two weeks, in light of the three who have the virus and others who may have been exposed.  However … he claims that the hiatus will not impact the confirmation hearings scheduled to begin on October 12thSay WHAT???  So, no useful business will be conducted, but he will continue to ramrod Barrett’s confirmation so that she can be seated before the election, or at the very least before the inauguration of (hopefully) Joe Biden in January.  I don’t know how he expects to do it, with two members of the Judiciary Committee out, or how he will gain a vote of 50 with three senators out and two, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, pledging they will not vote to confirm Barrett for they believe it is wrong to rush this confirmation.

Senator Ron Johnson is so eager to confirm Ms. Barrett that he said, “But if we have to go in and vote, I’ve already told the leadership, I’ll go in in a moon suit. We think this is pretty important.”  What an ass.

So, the people’s business will not be conducted in the Senate for the next two weeks, but a bigoted homophobic misogynist woman will be seated on the Supreme Court.  Wonderful, just what this damn country needs.  Well, ol’ Mitchie might find it harder than he thinks, especially if a couple more senators test positive for the virus and must quarantine.  Fingers crossed.  Sorry if that seems cruel, but the stakes are high here.

For four years now, I have been saying that this is no longer a country I recognize, and today that is truer than ever.  After the election, I will decide whether my family and I can continue to live here.  It isn’t just Trump or the bootlickers in Congress who have sold us downriver, but it is the 40% or so who even today, even after all that has happened, still cling to their “leader” and refuse to see or hear how far he has driven this country toward becoming a banana republic.  I don’t know that I can continue living among such people, nor that I even want to.

Until the election, though, I am full-steam ahead, and will continue to opine on the events of the day, to work with Jeff on our project to try to enlighten and encourage people to oust the clown in the Oval Office, so … hang on to your hats, my friends!  Twenty-eight days … exactly four weeks from today … until the election.