Cartoons from Australian Cartoonist Michael Leunig

They seem appropriate for this blog…


13 thoughts on “Cartoons from Australian Cartoonist Michael Leunig

  1. Just got off the phone with another Obama campaign worker. I have never met such a nice, honest, caring and sincere group of people before. Is it just me, or do the “God’s” party people seem to be ungodly? The Obama supporters seem to really care what happens to their fellow man and their fellow man for generations to come. The Romney supporters seem so short sighted and selfish.

    1. NWO- I know exactly what you mean. Seriously! When a person opens the door when I am canvassing, I know with a 95% probability if they will be a supporter of the President or an anti-Obama scrooge. It’s like they have an aura that I can detect.

      The Romney supporters seem so short sighted and selfish. Accurate, very accurate. Recall that recent study that delineated the brains of a liberal and conservative, pointing out that ‘it’ is inborn. Then there are the fundamentalist Christians who also support the right-wing; we all know how ‘short-sighted and selfish’ that group of people are!

      1. Or just downright hypocritical as Mia Love, the Republican Tea Party fave shows.

        It seems that Ms. Love is unwilling to talk about her parents exact immigration status when she was born–most likely due to it was illegal (i.e., overstaying on a tourist visa). She has said they were in the country on that type of visa, which doesn’t allow for employment.

        Of course, the “conservatives” refuse to address this issue saying it’s an unfair attack, but if someone is going to say that the type of behaviour her parents engaged in was wrong, then it was wrong–even if the person saying that had parents who were guilty as well.

        Oh, and let’s not forget she went to public schools with the right’s disgust for that institution.

  2. Well, folks, I warned in previous comments that we can’t trust the Dems to
    save Social Security than the GOP. Last night, Biden, the so called fighter
    of the middle class, was asked by the moderator, if he supp;orted raising
    the retirement age. His response? No answer, he avoided giving an
    answer. The writing is on the wall, my friends. Whether it is Obama or
    Romney, the retirement age will go up to at least 70, and perhaps 75.
    The middle class and lower classes are about to take it in the shorts
    again. First, Social Security is NOT the problem right now. Second, it is
    easily fixed by just removing the income cap which the wealthy have built into the law. It’s something like an income above $125,000.00 is not
    taxed for Social Security. Biden gave no answer to the direct question!

    1. Full retirement age (also called “normal retirement age”) had been 65 for many years. However, beginning with people born in 1938 or later, that age gradually increases until it reaches 67 for people born after 1959.

      For 2012, the maximum taxable earnings amount for Social Security (OASDI) taxes is $110,100. There is no limitation on taxable earnings for Medicare’s Hospital Insurance (HI) taxes.

      •The Social Security tax rate for employees is 4.2 percent through the end of the year
      •The Social Security tax rate for employers is 6.2 percent*
      •The Medicare tax rate is 1.45 percent for employees and employers

      •The Social Security tax rate for self-employed is 10.4 percent through the end of the year.
      •The Medicare tax rate is 2.9 percent for self-employed.

      * In public worker union negotiations, they refer to the percent paid by the employer (government) as “points”. In the last contract, the Toledo Police union got 10 points paid by the city. That means the City of Toledo paid a total of 20% for the workers’ pension (aka social security). If you’ve ever wondered why public workers are accused of having a better pension, for every $100 they earn, the public employer contributes $20.00 to the employees’ pension fund. For every $100 a private sector employee earns, the private employer contributes $6.20 to the employees’ pension (social security).

      1. The “points” for many public workers’ unions have since been reduced. Some unions have “graciously” conceded to accept only 5 points. That means the employee pays 5% and the employer (government) pays 15%. Still, a lot higher than what private sector employees get.

  3. I was going to have a contest to see if anyone could guess how long my Obama yard sign would last. Put it up yesterday afternoon, gone less than 24 hours later.

  4. Hello Muddy and All,
    As I have been very busy here of late (working 10 ½ to 11 ½ hours per day) this is the first time in a while to be able to respond to one of your postings.

    I am pleased to report that Columbus is a progressive viewpoint area of Ohio. As I ride along I see President Obama political signs in the yards of people but even with Mittens making campaign stops even here in Westerville, about 10 miles from my apartment, I have only seen two to three Romney political signs and they were place between curbs and sidewalks which would be public land area. Republicans are reduced to putting pro-Romney signs in areas where the citizen land owners have not choice. Where they do have a choice, it is President Obama’s signs in their yards.

    That being said, there is a draftsman at work who has not lived anywhere long enough to claim any area as home. He is also a hard right wing conservative who reads the “Drudge Report” and the “American Thinker” on a daily bases and believes the crap written as verbatim. Yes he truly thinks he is well informed. You know the type, there is no global warming, we all had better vote for Romney if we are going to save the nation, and (this is my favorite) “there is no evolution because if man evolved from monkeys then why do we still have monkeys?” as proof of disclaiming evolution.

    The person I sit next to in the adjoining cubical has his Doctorate in Electrical Engineering. He confides in me that he cannot believe that there were people like that in an educated environment with which we work in. My only reply is, “Yea it is quite sad but you also have to take into consideration that his education is that of a technical school in drafting and not a true science education degree.”

    With regards to Joe Biden whose home is in Wilmington, DE. (1 ½ hour north from my farm) I had a feeling that Joe would take the fight to Ryan and call him out on the Republican misstatement and outright lies.

    Here is another personal story:
    I have a brother-in-law (married to my wife’s oldest sister) who is another nihilistic right wing conservative nut job whose last name is “Waters.” Well his oldest brother was a bully and “picked on / beat up” on the younger and smaller Joe Biden in their neighborhood at the time. Well little Joey got his brothers and neighborhood friends, went back to the Bully Waters. When they met back up with the Bully, they all attacked, held back, and let Little Joey Biden wale away on the Chicken Shit Bully Waters who was only brave when he was picking on someone smaller than and not as strong as the older Bully Waters.

    Needless to say Joey Biden did not have any more trouble from Bully Waters.

    I would suggest that President Obama take the life’s lesson that Joe Biden learned at a young age. He needs to challenge, confront, and call out Mitt Romney’s lies and misleading statements because…….the President has a lot of backers helping to attack, restrain, and let Obama wale away on Mitten Romney. We have his back!!

  5. Saw an unique Romney t-shirt today. On the back of the shirt, below the Romney/Ryan sticker, it said “Put the WHITE back into the White House.”

    Reminded me of an earlier comment I heard: “We have to get THOSE people out of the White House.”

    RING-RING! Hello? It’s the 1920’s calling. They want their prejudices back!

  6. Hello Muddy,
    As it has been a while since I posted anything new, I thought that I would pass on that I have just completed a piece called, “How the GOP Destroyed Its Moderates.” It goes on to explain the tact’s of the extreme aspects of the current Republican Party and the purging of any Moderates.

    The posting contains this plus the warning to any “Moderates of the Political Spectrum” not to be swayed here of late to vote based on the calmed down rhetoric from the Republican Party Candidates. Should these candidates win their offices; the Middle Working Classes will in the end ultimately be harmed and degraded in their standard of living.

    I am inviting you and others to please stop by.

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