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Bush and the bailout


Normally, I don't feel too sorry for members of Congress. They have gold-plated medical and retirement plans, and they get repaid for the cost of their commute, among other things.

This bailout, though, is when they really sweat their salary. They hear from screaming constituents that they should not spend taxpayer money to rescue greedy Wall Street capitalists. At the same time, they're afraid that if they do nothing, Main Street might tank from frozen credit.

Here's their real problem:
Today, they chose to weasel out and bow to the will of the people. But, come November, if the economy really DOES crash because Congress did nothing, how many constituents will remember that they sent an email to their representative telling them to vote "nay?"

About the same number as those who remember that they voted for President Bush four years ago. Like, maybe, five.

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i was commenting on yesterday's cartoon that didn't run. i thoughtit was brilliant and idon't care how the count for or agtainst is. great politcal cartooning is just that. great... in the long run both sides get it. keep up tyhe great work; run the cartoon

Yuo know, if this bailout plan is so all fired important to America's future, then I think Congress should demonstrate their solidarity by voting 100% to pass the bill, and also resigning from Congress 100% in disgust at their own failure to regulate certain disaster. A bill that cost us $700 billion, but also bought us a brand new Congress might be worth it.

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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