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What the hell? I didn’t win a Pulitzer? AGAIN?

Oh, this guy won?

That’s okay, then. Lefty hack. Can’t draw. Prize!


Comment from James the lesser
Time: April 16, 2012, 11:13 pm

Somebody seems to have photoshopped “Taxes” on that gas pump.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 16, 2012, 11:21 pm

Ah, well played, James. Very well played.

Comment from Mike James
Time: April 16, 2012, 11:26 pm

“The roof the roof the roof is on fire.

The roof the roof the roof is on fire.

We don’t need no water let the m**********r burn.

Burn m**********r burn.”

Whoo! I almost let the edit function time out before I thought to replace the letters with the asterisks in the very rude word, above.

Comment from Mike James
Time: April 16, 2012, 11:31 pm

One more thing–Obama isn’t in a position to give anybody the stink eye about anything having to do with the public purse.

Comment from Spad13
Time: April 16, 2012, 11:33 pm

What Preznit Jugears doing in that picture? In the real world we generally don’t let the arsonist anywhere near the fire fighting equipment.

Comment from Oceania
Time: April 17, 2012, 12:08 am

You Americans have funny accounting practices.

Comment from orabidoo
Time: April 17, 2012, 12:30 am

I’ll take our accounting quirks anytime over your bizarre inter-specie gratification rituals.

Comment from Nina
Time: April 17, 2012, 12:42 am

Nothing like getting something COMPLETELY BACKWARDS, eh?

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: April 17, 2012, 12:44 am

The thing I never get about the “Pay Yer Fair Share” argument is that it ignores the 48% who pay no taxes. How is it fair that I who pay my taxes must make do with less since my income will fall by the amount of my increased taxes but those who receive tax benefits or who pay no taxes must give up nothing at all?

As for the guy getting the Pullet prize, while I don’t even see any chickens in his cartoons. Then again his artwork is so bad I may just not be recognizing them. Seems like another politically correct decision to me.

Comment from PatAZ
Time: April 17, 2012, 12:57 am

I see the Pulitzer pickers are liberals.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: April 17, 2012, 1:17 am

Some Vegetable: the 48% who pay no taxes.

The 48% who pay no income taxes.

Everybody pays payroll taxes. (OK, there is some kind of “payroll tax holiday” currently in place, but the employer-side payroll tax is still collected, and effectively a tax on wages earned.)

Everybody pays federal excise taxes on booze, tobacco, motor fuel, and phone service. (The last tax was established to pay for the Spanish-American War, and never went away.)

One thing: in the Good Old Days (pre-FDR, or to be precise, before WW II), only the wealthiest households paid income tax. In 1940, only 14.5M returns were filed, and barely half had taxable income – and that was more than triple the numbers in the 1930s.

Comment from Oldcat
Time: April 17, 2012, 1:28 am

What spending cuts? When did we ever do any spending cuts?

Comment from Oh Hell
Time: April 17, 2012, 2:15 am

It has become common practice to PROMISE spending cuts, whereupon tax increases are passed and the cuts are conveniently forgotten. Funny how that works….

Comment from JC
Time: April 17, 2012, 2:45 am

Invidious conflation of TEA Party with the Republican Party.

Comment from AliceH
Time: April 17, 2012, 2:54 am

“Everybody pays payroll taxes.”

Everyone who has earned income, yes. Those with unearned income, no. Also some % (less than that 48%) get more than what they pay in fed+state+local income tax +FICA, thanks to earned income tax credit (EITC).

It’s way too complicated to be “fair”.

Comment from Nobody
Time: April 17, 2012, 3:03 am

The thing *I* never got about “pay your fair share” was the definition of fair share. Nobody ever says what a fair share is. The definition seems to be “more”.

Comment from Mrs. Compton
Time: April 17, 2012, 3:09 am

I really pissed off my ex by getting a nice little part time job. He wanted me back into my career which unfortunately had passed me by. There was no way I was going back into marketing and plus with alimony and child support I was raking it in! Why rock that boat!!

Unknown to me when I filed my first set of taxes I found out not only did I get all the money I had paid in taxes back but they sent me additional money as well. A lot! I was dumbfounded. I had no idea what an earned income credit was.

I was married to a banker, a business banker who was a vp. I was in no way shape or form a poor single mom trying to raise her kids. We were doing quite well thank you and didn’t need a dime from the gubmint, but there it was. How the hell it got there still baffles me. I wonder how many people are getting money they don’t need (well duh), but they honestly should be doing earned income credit on an as needed basis, just handing it out to anyone is stoopid.

Comment from AliceH
Time: April 17, 2012, 3:30 am

Yep, Mrs. Compton. EITC is a good idea gone crazy. I know several reasonable well situated people who, like yourself, were recipients of that particular largess. Unlike AMT (Alternative Minimum Tax for our non-US Tax filers), it seems those who to whom it applies don’t feel the same need to squawk about it to their congress critters.

Comment from AliceH
Time: April 17, 2012, 3:34 am

Also, last time I saw a cartoon of that style and calibre, I was truly impressed by how good a doodle my girlfriend sketched during our junior high social studies class.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: April 17, 2012, 4:09 am

That won a prize? Good lord.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: April 17, 2012, 4:10 am

@Rich Rostrom :

Everybody pays federal excise taxes on booze, tobacco, motor fuel, and phone service.

Not wanting to be argumentative, but, No Rich, they don’t, Those who receive income from the government use that income to pay the taxes on alcohol, gasoline, and tobacco.

An article from California about tobacco and alcohol:


For cell phones and service, they don’t pay at all.


Comment from yippee mcskittles bear
Time: April 17, 2012, 12:14 pm


Comment from Wolufs Aurelius
Time: April 17, 2012, 1:25 pm

At first I asked myself, why is the cartoonist, this Wuerker guy, necessarily a lefty? It seems he’s saying Obama wants to deal with the fire, the deficit, by levying more taxes. Which is true. Then I realized that by painting “Taxes” as a fire hydrant, the remedy for most fires, Wuerker is saying “Taxes are good,” and that the TEA Party is blocking Zero-brain from applying the (to Wuerker, wonderful) remedy to the out-of-control deficit. Is that it?

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: April 17, 2012, 1:26 pm

Damn. Can’t even spell my own screen name.

Comment from mojo
Time: April 17, 2012, 2:19 pm

Where’s the Congress-critters setting the fire, or Jon Corzine sneaking out the back with 1.2 billion bucks?

Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: April 17, 2012, 2:58 pm

Anonymous, that’s piglosi’s mantra. It’s good for the economy!

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: April 17, 2012, 4:50 pm

Looking at the cartoon from a conservative POV, I thought it was on-point.
The piddly little stream coming from the spending-cuts truck implies (to me) that liberals are barely utilizing that option to douse the flames.
Obama wants to tap into taxes and the conservative party stands in the way of his desire to open the taps wide on the tax flow, just so he can keep the spending cuts to a minimum, while still claiming that he is tapping into that resource.

I know it was meant for a liberal interpretation, but I can’t help seeing it this way.

I don’t get how this is such brilliant work, or what makes it deserving of a Pee-you-litzer.

Comment from mojo
Time: April 17, 2012, 5:54 pm

Interesting Google search: “burn that sucka down”

Comment from Oceania
Time: April 17, 2012, 6:49 pm

Does anyone know how do I do Google research on “it burns when I pee”?

Comment from orabidoo
Time: April 17, 2012, 8:40 pm

I wish this Korean feller received a recognition of some sort. Back in the old country, they’d take him out to a soccer stadium and that’d be the end of the road.

Comment from Oceania
Time: April 17, 2012, 10:53 pm

Obviously we have a Syphilitic American trying to impersonate me – again.
Meanwhile, if this is Devon -you Americans must be Snuffing It big time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhGDdYkvtFE

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