The New American Dream

Way back the Left claimed the Bush tax cuts were only for the rich. How then could the Left "extend" the tax cuts just for the poor and middle class? Either Bush was correct then, or the Left is lying now.


Danger Seeker

Somewhat of a silly comic today.
What's worse? El Diario, Mexico's biggest newspaper restricting drug war coverage after the killing of it's second journalist in less than two year by drug cartels or a Seattle cartoonist pulling a Salman Rushdie for drawing Muhammad?


Change What Matters

The Democrat Party unveiled a new design for their logo. Seems there is truth in advertising.


Running on Fear

Only a short time ago, the Leftists passed sweeping health care transformation. Now the Leftist campaign strategy is not only to hide from Obamacare, but also other liberal policies like the near $800 billion failed stimulus plan. In some cases, their election ads seem to sell the once righteous Leftists as Independents!

President Obama linked John McCain to George Bush; a vote for McCain was a vote for Bush. Now it seems fitting a vote for a Leftist is a vote for Reid, Pelosi and Obama.


Scary Days Ahead

Election day for Delaware is a while away, even further than Halloween. While Christine O'Donnells' past transgressions "dabbling in witchcraft" and Chris Coons' describing himself a Marxist is surfacing, simply ask which is scarier in a downturn economy? Witchcraft as a kid or an irresponsible spender as an adult?


The Economic Transportation Jam

President Obama has been using this analogy over and over during our "summer of recovery." There's been variations on it, where the oppressors who drove the car into the ditch sipped a "Slurpee", drank ice tea, sat on a lawn chair etc. But it always ended in asking for the keys back. The above is my variation on the analogy.

Have the President and liberal congress' policies actually dug the car out? No political party can simply take the keys back. The voters decide that request. Judging on those results we'll see how well dug out the car actually was.


Stuck In Principle

Many Conservatives including Carl Rove look for a sure win in primary voting.  He questioned Christine O'Donnell's recent GOP primary win would result in defeat for the general election.  Other Conservatives including Rush Limbaugh look for the candidate with clear principles, focusing on the overall picture.

The best road is never the easy road.  The reason America is going in the wrong direction is due to a lack of clearly defined overarching principles.  The only way to get on track is to support principle, even in the face of great adversity.

Ironically our president understands this, even saying he'd rather be a one term president than compromise his principles.  It's only a shame he's heading in the wrong direction with wrong principles!

Check The Jimmy Z Show. In hour 2, Mr. Z reads some "Angie" 2 cents!


Union Protest

Unions have done some pretty amazing things; 40 hour work weeks, better pay, better benefits and working conditions that attract millions of immigrants every year. Some would argue that if you follow the progression of that line down, conditions have been slowly improving on their own even without unions. Either way, there's no question union jobs raise production costs. We can share the load during good times, but also during hard times. NJ Governor Chris Christie catches a lot a flack for that.


Transformation Alright

My Libertarian friends, who promote individualism over collectivism to such an extent, site legalization of dope and hookers could raise so much money, our troubles of broke government could be a thing of the past. Moral society decay not withstanding, the idea faces the same fate of a VAT or Value Added Tax. Such a tax would tax you for spending money, not making it. The IRS would disband and tax dodgers would be forced to pay their share. Plus, you'd be able to control where you spend your taxes by deciding on which products or services to purchase.

However the dream is just that. Leftists wouldn't add a VAT with intention to remove our current tax system, rather to fund ever increasing government spending, they'd keep BOTH! Thus the Pimp and Dope Czar would decay society from within our souls AND wallet.


Domestic Sleeper Cels

Nine year later, what have we learned from 911? If there was any good to come from that day, it was a reminder that we are all American. I remember neighborhoods which had flags representing various nationalities only having the American flag. That lasted a while. Now we have protests on 911 for and against the Ground Zero Mosque or Community Center near Ground Zero or the completely benign, Park 51. Seems we forgot united we stand. What else have we forgotten?


Bully Program Alright

Would early teaching of alternate lifestyles to children help bullies understand their victims, thus cease their bullying? What about non-gay victims, say kids who are alternate in other ways because of glasses, braces or just plain overweight? Not every bully victim is homosexual or a minority. While gays are statistically singled out the most, should the solution also single gays out? Or is there a solution for all victims?

The issue here is not sexuality, but low self-esteem. Bullies are often victims themselves of an abusive parent or relative. The resulting abuse fosters self-loathing. But rather than internalize it, they externalize it by victimizing another. The worse they make you feel, the better they feel. The bully misplaces his hatred.

Step one would be to teach the bully self-worth, maybe even jail the abusive relative and you'll stop bullying.

Then there's the victim. Teach the abused self worth to overcome the bully by themselves. Remember the movie "My Bodyguard" with Matt Dillon who plays "Moody" the school bully? Eventually the hero realizes by showing the bully he's not a victim, he stopped becoming one. That and breaking Matt Dillon's nose. (Part two could have been Moody the bully learning self confidence and self worth to overcome his abusive parent.)

Frankly, all kids suffer low self-esteem, even without a bully to instigate. The oppressor to overcome is themselves. Anybody remember growing up? The worst day in your life was getting a pimple! But at some point, you grow up and become so confident with yourself to mow your lawn wearing dress socks like your Dad and scratch himself while yelling over the mower's roar, "Who cares what others think?"

State anti-bully programs, with good intentions, are self affirming for the program creators not the kids themselves. In enforcing their view the bodyguard becomes the bully. Perhaps they could benefit from a little self worth and self confidence class. Self-esteem, like consumer demand or private jobs, is yet something else the government cannot create. It's something you create for yourself. Kids need to be taught how to fish and not handed a fish by the government to deal with Moodys. They'll eventually need that lesson later in life when we start mowing their lawns in dress socks.


Religious Tit for Tat

I'm trying something new with this cartoon. I'm going to add some explanation below the strip. As a cartoonist, that's called cheating.  For if the cartoon can't tell the whole message by itself, then it failed.  However, this is not a newspaper, which some call a dieing medium anyway.  My 2 favorite online political comics are Hope and Change and DryBones, which have a big "2 cents" added beneath their comic.  Sometimes the comic even serves supplementary to the comment below it, almost as an into! So let's see how it goes. Your comments appreciated as well!

Guess what recent news I'm talking about:

Although it's legal, it's wrong.  It's divisive.  It does nothing to unite Muslims and the Western World.  What does this act really mean?  Is it truly nefarious?  All should oppose it.  All should condemn it.  Those who don't.... frankly are morally questionable.

Koran burning or the Ground Zero Mosque?

Put me down for almost LIKING what this vile Pastor is doing.  He IS a nut-job.  A truly disgusting individual.  But within his Constitutional rights.  (I think of the comical Neo-Nazis in "The Blues Brothers" who had the right to march, holding up the Blues Brother's quest and certainly not winning any popularity award.  "I hate Illinois Nazis!")  This Pastor is calling to attention Liberal hypocrisy... not that that's some extraordinary feat.  NYC Mayor Bloomberg, not a Liberal but certainly acting hypocritical, rightfully calling the Koran burning "distasteful", yet oddly championed the Ground Zero Mosque or the politically benign term "Park 51".  (Sounds like a place to bring the kids and have ice cream.  Now THAT'S not distasteful.)

BOTH are legal acts.  BOTH can't be stopped.  But BOTH are vile demonstrations.  BOTH call into question their underlying message's significance.  Thus BOTH need condemnation by the representative Religion and Constitution supporters.

What say you?