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posted: 2/23/2014 5:00 AM

Political cartoons too mean-spirited

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I find myself deeply disturbed and disappointed by the political cartoons a bit too often. While I'll admit that both sides are the brunt of the jokes at times, the most misleading and most mean spirited "jokes" seem to have the conservatives and Republicans as the brunt. The rest of the editorial section is balanced, but your cartoonist seems to wear his leanings on his sleeve.

Case in point: A recent cartoon showing "What the People are Saying about Obamacare" vs. "What the Republicans Say" was inaccurate to the point of deserving "four Pinocchios." Someone please explain to me how it's the Republicans' fault that the nonpartisan CBO says that the equivalent of 2.3 million jobs will be lost as Obamacare creates a "disincentive" for people to work. Anyone who believes the political spin that this is a good thing needs to look at Europe -- or Detroit.

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Another recent "joke" centered around how Republicans don't care if people are starving. That one came shortly after a tiny portion of the bloated food stamp program was trimmed as part of the recent budget agreement -- but of course, it was only the Republicans "rooting" for fewer people to be helped. What nonsense, and downright insulting nonsense at that.

Wake up Daily Herald and citizens who care about what made this country exceptional. It was hard work and self responsibility, not handouts, We're morphing into a dependent state right before our very eyes, and anyone who dares stand up and say we're giving away too much and asking too little of able bodied citizens is vilified as someone who does not care about helping people. Ask your cartoonist what happened to one of the most famous quotes from a Democrat: "Ask not what your country can do for you ..."

Tom Wendlandt

Palatine

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