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1/15/2013 10:00:00 PM
Editorial: 'Toons have taken over Washington
The Associated Press

Americans might be wondering if they are stuck in a Looney Toons cartoon. We technically went over the fiscal cliff at the start of 2013, but just like Daffy or the Road Runner, we've yet to begin our descent. We are in that part of the cartoon where the victim hovers in midair, quizzically looking around and waiting for the next calamity.

Our ongoing concern is that the so-called fiscal cliff we appear to have avoided is but one in a series of challenges. In other words, like we have said before, Americans may have crawled in midair back to safe ground, a la Daffy Duck, but there's an ACME safe headed straight for our collective heads.

It's expected by March that Washington will commence a fresh set of brinksmanship. This time the argument will be over raising the debt ceiling. Republicans have signaled they will not raise the debt ceiling unless they extract massive spending cuts from the Obama administration.

"Not this time," comes the response from the White House.

Playing around with the nation defaulting on its debt isn't something President Obama is apparently willing to discuss.

These are proxy fights over a bigger ideological struggle. Should government grow or should it shrink? An even more important question is who will feel the most pain from the shrinking?

Democrats have voiced support for a stronger and smarter government. Its actions have often not matched its rhetoric. The Republican side says it is dedicated to drastically shrinking government. A closer inspection finds the cutting is highly specific for the GOP. Cuts to the Defense Department are generally off the table.

Despite the bluster of the tea partyers, very few on the GOP side want to see Medicare or Social Security on the chopping block.

Don't expect this cartoon to end any time soon.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Article comment by: Write To Congress As A Child

Dear Mr. President, My parents want to know when you are going to balance a budget, stop spending, create jobs, and stop blaming others for your lack of leadership as the "President of the USA". Personally, so do my classmates and their parents. Thanks, Melissa Gooddoer (2nd grader)

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: Stop Spending

First of all STOP SPENDING! Second, every time this comes up Obama starts threatening us by saying Social Security payments and military pay may be stopped if the debt ceiling isn't raised. He uses this only to get sympathy and gain our support. We NEVER hear him say the Senate, House, and White House Administration won't get paid. Nobody cares if they get paid. And of course, if anyone shouldn't get paid for not dealing with our debt crisis, it's them!

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: Good Article

I find it fascinating that the Republican party claims to be serious about balancing the budget but adamantly refuses to make any cuts in our obviously bloated defense department budget. This tells me (and obviously a majority of the voters) that they aren't really serious about the budget in any way. If the Republicans weren't so obviously opportunistic in their "stances" they might actually have a base beyond their 47% of voters who flock to them despite all reason (ie. Madison and Steele). Till then , the government is in the deep grass and lost because no business is getting done by the House and the Senate only knows how to filibuster. So sad, the party of no has just enough control of government to be hurtful to the nation and really haven't they made it clear thats all they want to do is hurt this country?

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: Apply Reason

If we don't raise the debt ceiling, it doesn't mean we will default on our debts. We still have lots of income coming in, just not enough for all of our spending. Budget expenditures would have to be cut, and that is what the Republicans want. Obama is setting up a false arguement that the GOP doesn't want to pay our debts. He is as clever (and evil) as any modern politician.

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: That's All Folks........

I wish we could all say "That's All Folks", but this cartoon will keep on going, just like a "Nightmare On 1600 Pennsylvania Ave,".

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: More Like The Twilight Zone

Watching the news sometimes makes me feel like I entered the 'Twilight Zone" and asking, is this really happening, did they really say that? The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who VOTE for a living,

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: Hey Folks Let's Get Real

The members of the house and senate were put there by us. They reflect the primary system where the most hard core, left & right, tend to vote in hardcore candidates, which makes it hard to find workable compromises. So we can get off of our high mighty seats and realized we have seen the enemy, and it is us.

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: Alan Whitney


You had me in stitches!

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: Not toons,,, Baboons

Interesting! Anthropomorphic Nouns.

We are all familiar with a Herd of cows, A Flock of chickens, A School of fish, and A Gaggle of geese.

However, less widely known is:
A Pride of lions, A Murder of crows, (as well as their cousins the rooks and ravens), An Exaltation of doves, and presumably because they look so wise: A Parliament of owls.

Now consider a group of Baboons.
Baboons are the loudest, most dangerous, most obnoxious, most viciously aggressive and least intelligent of all primates. And what is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons?

Believe it or not... A Congress!


That pretty much explains the things that come out of Washington ! You just can't make this stuff up.

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: Liberals will Pay more!

Starting today liberals will pay 15% more than conservatives when they do bussiness with me. I figure since they re-elected Obama they can't do math either and won't miss the extra money they pay me.

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: Hooty Hoo

Don't forget Yosemite Sam and his six shooters. Government getting smaller under Omamba? Get serious. The debt ceiling grows, we all know that. Obamacare will grow debt, we all know that. How can the government buy health insurance for 20 million people and not uncur debt? On a sadder note I'm sure my kids' generation will be the first one where they will have a lower standard of living than their parents did. The great American dream just ended.

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: What's What

I'm cutting back and you may want to also....
I'm going to bite the bullet, too!!!!

President Obama ordered the cabinet to cut $100,000,000.00 ($100 million) from the $3,500,000,000,000.00 ($3.5 trillion) federal budget.

I'm so impressed by this sacrifice that I have decided to do the same thing with my personal budget. I spend about $2,000 a month on groceries, household expenses, medicine, utilities, etc., but it's time to get out the budget cutting axe, go through my expenses, and cut back.

Since Obama is such a financial genius I'm going to cut my spending at exactly the same ratio (1/35,000) of my total budget.

After doing the math, it looks like instead of spending $2,000 a month, I'm going to have to cut that number by six cents. Yes, I'm going to have to get by with $1999.94, but that's what sacrifice is all about. I'll just have to do without some things, that are, frankly, luxuries � six cents worth.

Did this President actually think no one would do the math? Please send this to everyone on your list so people understand how idiotic a $100 million cut is in a $3.5 trillion budget � ludicrous!!!!!!!

This economy is brought to you by Obama the ignorant (person) who was elected by ignorant (people).

"There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation...
One is by sword...The other is by debt."
John Adams 1826

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: James Madison

Once again, the Courier, not so subtly, jerks the Tea Party's chain. You guys downtown must have a lot of anxiety.

As Nathan Cord says..."Maybe the people will have something to say about that."

An interesting perspective on the subversion of America. 'Finding Kate Delaney', by Crease McCall. A little book on Kindle with an interesting scenario. It's fiction of course. Or is it???

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: An American

This is not anything new.

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: Ben There

What we have in Washington, D.C. is a form of cancer that has metastisized. Our best strategy is to cut off the blood supply to the tumor.

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: Remember The Alamo

Remember our massive debt? Our debt is way more than our GDP. Remember all the massive spending cuts Congress has done so far? They have done no spending cuts, zero, only talks about future cuts. There will be no cuts so they might as well just raise the debt limit to $22 Trillion, that MIGHT cover us until 2016. Spending buys votes and cuts lose votes. The USA is buying its own debt at a rate of $1.5 billion per day every day. And printing an ADDITIONAL $1.3 billion per day. Oh yes that is no problem.

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Steele

No Republican has suggested "chopping" social security or medicare. However, only Republicans have offered suggestions to "save" these programs through changes. Democrats have chosen to attack and not offer anything in return.

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Von Deck

The roadrunner never goes down. Daffy would blow himself up with his own xylophone before falling off a cliff.

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: Beep Beep

Who ever wrote this needs a remedial course in the animated offerings of the Warner Bros. studios.

Eh, what's up, Doc?

Roadrunner does not go down, Wile E. Coyote does.

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