From The Washington Post -- April 1, 2010
By Tom Toles (Prize-Winning Political Cartoonist):
You Can't Be Serious
The sketch I put up today (not the main cartoon, the rough sketch after the jump -- I know, it's complicated) deals with the seriousness of the Tea Party types. Lord knows their anger is real, but are their ideas? Getting angry is a fine, traditional American pastime, and we're all for those. The whole system is designed to register and deal with what citizens are concerned about. But what ARE these citizens concerned about?
First, we must put aside the question of race, both the president's and any possible beneficiaries of the president's policies. I don't know how anyone could look at the history of conservatism over the last, oh, FOREVER, and conclude that race could possibly have anything to do with anything.
No, the anger has to do with OTHER things, like deficits. Deficits, like all accounting issues, are well known to get people massively worked up. Look at the furious way Americans respond when someone offers them the opportunity to buy on credit. And deficits particularly matter when one party is in office and not that other party, but we won't name names here.
But being mad at deficits is not a policy. A policy means you look at how to fix the problem. The problem in the deficit, long term, is rising medical costs. Okay, you want to insist that Obama's health-care plan will raise costs rather than lower them. Debatable point. Probably wrong, but debatable. But if it doesn't lower them, what does? If your answer is leaving more and more people without coverage, and care, say so. But say something. The shot clock on being angry without a plan, and being taken seriously, is running out.