Tom Toles says it all

Tom Toles is a genius. No other US political cartoonist has ever mastered his ability to sum up a complex political situation or event with a single panel comic. Yesterday’s comic was particularly illustrative of his talent.

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It’s been interesting watching this destruction from across the pond. The overall reaction here is utter bafflement, as in, “Wait, why is the federal government shutting down? Has there been an invasion? A civil war? Did it go bankrupt?”

Well, no.

“Then why?”

Because the Republican Party is under the control of a tiny minority of extremists, who hate the universal health care law so much that they are willing to shut down the government to make their ideological point.

“Wait, what? This is about health care?”

And then it gets really complicated to explain, because in Europe, universal health care is considered a basic human right. If I mention that Obamacare is actually based on a Republican plan, and that this whole thing really boils down to racism and utter hatred of a twice-elected President, heads tend to explode.

I don’t know how I’m going to explain the debt limit fight, which will come roaring upon us in another two weeks. That one is truly scary, with the potential to harm hundreds of millions of people worldwide — especially those of us who have already suffered so much under eurozone austerity. Hard to believe that a handful of extremists can have so much power to hurt so many. Remind me again who the terrorists are supposed to be?

Today’s Tom Toles is nearly as good:

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National birdie indeed. Hey, Republicans, could you please make sure that this crap at least stays in the US, and doesn’t cause a worldwide economic meltdown? Thanks.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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7 Responses to Tom Toles says it all

  1. xenatuba says:

    I am sorely afraid that the mess which is US politics right now won’t be easily addressed. I don’t think that the TP republicans can see past the end of their nose to realize that the impact of what they are doing is so damaging on a global scale.

    I don’t know if I shared with you, but while waiting for my vehicle service, I heard two women talking about the “impacts” of Obamacare. One of them actually said “I really wish they would have gone with the Affordable Care Act instead. It seems so much more realistic.” I had to leave.

    • oregon expat says:


      Laughing or leaving, those are your only choices.

      For readers not familiar with the details of American politics, the Affordable Care Act and Obamacare are the exact same thing. The Affordable Care Act is the actual name of the law. Obamacare is the name Republicans gave it in an attempt to shift the focus from “affordable health care” to “that socialist law Obama is trying to shove down our throats.” The really sad thing is that, as evidenced by xenatuba’s experience, it’s working. And polls have shown that more Americans approve of the Affordable Care Act than approve of Obamacare.

    • Linda Briganti says:

      I wish this wasn’t a true story. I live in a red state and the misinformation and disinformation that I come across is astounding and seemingly impervious to correction. Sadly, sometimes it’s family. I think Oregon Expat is right about the fundamental racism of it all.

      • xenatuba says:

        For both Lisa and Linda, I was not really willing to acknowledge the racist implications initially. I then saw a bumper sticker that said “don’t ‘re-nig’ in 2012” and was floored. Then I started paying closer attention…wow. There was recently a fellow running for office in Maine, David Marsters, who posted a picture of President Obama with the caption “shoot the nigger” and was amazed that the Secret Service came calling. His quote: “they didn’t see no picture with bullet holes in his head. Its not a threatening statement in my opinion.”

        Yeah, it is racist as all get out.

        I wonder how it would be with Hilary Clinton as president…

  2. Emily says:

    I broke down laughing. Not much else to do, since I’m unemployed now.

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