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So the Republicans have dutifully thrown the Tea Party people their bone. Yes, it was absurd and a waste of time, and while the Republicans won’t talk about it openly, they know just as well as everyone else how foolish it looked to pass legislation that was going nowhere.

These are the same people who accused the Democrats in the last Congress of putting their own agenda ahead of that of the American people, which purportedly consisted of jobs, jobs and jobs. This is why they inserted “job killing” into the title of their legislation, as a head fake toward relevance.

They were paying off a political obligation, and one must fulfill one’s promises. Yesterday’s vote, however, doesn’t eliminate the crosscurrent that the establishment GOP finds itself caught in.

The whirlwind that was unleashed at last year’s town hall meetings may have been directed at Democrats, but the Tea Partiers are still angry, they have no party loyalty, and they know when they’ve been played. They are not going to be satisfied with a mere kabuki dance and then quietly go back to their caves until the next election season. They will continue to clamor for the meaningful action they feel is their due.

Meanwhile, the Great American Middle, which is the kewpie doll prize in the 2012 arcade game, won’t have much patience for obstructionist, petulant displays like shutting down the government rather than raising the debt ceiling.

It’s a nasty little dilemma the Republicans have created for themselves. They can behave like adults, work with the other side, look responsible, get things passed, and improve their chances to win the general election.

Or they can act like they can’t be trusted with matches (much less the American government), win their home district primaries, and blow the big one.

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Let them blow the big one. We will all be better off. I trust that I'm not the only citizen who wants to have a President and Congressional representation who have brains and compassion. It was a long, slow slog until the first was achieved. I'm lucky to live in a state/district where the second is true too!

Chan, lets be honest with ourselves. This attempt (which they spent money on, knowing it would go nowhere), is simply political capital, a chance to point at the liberals and remind ourselves how getting them out office is the only answer.

After all, Dems are the ones who have been stealing our money and raising our taxes. Now they are getting in the way of what real American patriots want.

So even though it's fiscally irresponsible to push this, it pays.


So, people will continue shouting from both sides of the aisle and those who play the game right will get into office.

And once these misguided people see who they elected, they'll finally get it.

Or not.

Once again Mr. Lowe , you have not heard the people of the United States of America. The people who have read the bill know that it is an awful bill and want to have health care reform but not all of the Washington intervention. It has been a very large con job from the beginning and I suggest that you take the time to read it and you will understand why people like myself think it is harmful to the country that we love. 10 years of taxes as and example and 6 years of services, I am sure that your readers would gladly pay you for 10 years of newspapers and have you deliver for only the last 6.More IRS agents to check on weather we have insurance etc. Have a good evening !

Chan, you bring up the Constitution in your cartoon to emphasize your point on the repeal vote. Since you want to bring up constitutionality, my question to you is where in the constitution does it mention that requires the Federal Government to provide health care, or mandate private citizens to purchase a product or service or face a financial penalty or possibly incarceration?

I completely agree w/ Obama when he said the following:

"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies.

Over the past 5 years, our federal debt has increased by $3.5 trillion to $8.6 trillion.That is “trillion” with a “T.” That is money that we have borrowed from the Social Security trust fund, borrowed from China and Japan, borrowed from American taxpayers. And over the next 5 years, between now and 2011, the President’s budget will increase the debt by almost another $3.5 trillion.

Numbers that large are sometimes hard to understand. Some people may wonder why they matter. Here is why: This year, the Federal Government will spend $220 billion on interest. That is more money to pay interest on our national debt than we’ll spend on Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. That is more money to pay interest on our debt this year than we will spend on education, homeland security, transportation, and veterans benefits combined. It is more money in one year than we are likely to spend to rebuild the devastated gulf coast in a way that honors the best of America.

And the cost of our debt is one of the fastest growing expenses in the Federal budget. This rising debt is a hidden domestic enemy, robbing our cities and States of critical investments in infrastructure like bridges, ports, and levees; robbing our families and our children of critical investments in education and health care reform; robbing our seniors of the retirement and health security they have counted on.

Every dollar we pay in interest is a dollar that is not going to investment in America’s priorities."
Senator Barack Obama
Senate Floor Speech on Public Debt
March 16, 2006

Every ounce of this is 100% true...he was completely correct. I am amazed the same man who is president now, gave this speech then. What happened? How can he be 180 degrees from this?

Another excellent cartoon and article from Chan. Those other posters whining and crying about other issues don't make any sense. NOTHING in Chan's post was incorrect. It was all fact. The ridiculous fake attempt to eliminate Health Care Reform was a waste of time and money. It had ZERO chance of passing the Senate and of course the President was not going to sign it. It was about as dumb and time-wasting as the reading aloud of PARTS of the Constitution -- the parts that weren't embarrassing to the Regressive party.

Want to limit debt, UG?

How about following Reagan's isolation principles instead of Bush's empire principles.

Let's protect our borders, get those boys (and girls) home, and stop the bleeding.

The greatest debt America pays is due to the military folks. Billions of gallons of fuel, alone, wasted each year in places we have no need to be.

It is one of the largest parts of our budget.

Let's use it to protect OUR home and OUR citizens instead.

My question to Mr HowLowe can you possibly go is, since YOU brought up the Constitution which contains the important checks and balance provisions.  Where is Cass Sunstein, Obamas Regulatory Czar in your cartoon?  The one who circumvents the Constitution and Congress (which they've made irrelevant) with "regulations" for ALL about ALL?   As ignorant, white, OLD and bigoted as you'd like to portray the Tea Partiers, seems to be ALL your doing is exposing YOUR Left "wing nut" for all to see your absolute hypocrisy.  Clearly, you care nothing about Americans and America .... Just your liberal agenda and more of the same ole R & D stage show!   Maybe be you should reread the Constitution and better still ... The Federalist Papers ... And oh yea ... The Declaration of Independence!
Stop the Hypocrisy Mr Lowe
Edith Cooper 

To Edith Cooper,

Your comments above are nothing short of nasty. To suggest that Mr. Lowe
"care(s) nothing about Americans and America" is quite ridiculous. Is all of
this simply because he doesn't agree with your position(s)? I hate to say it,
but you sound like a real nut job to me. Sorry.

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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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