First off, congratulations to all on a Yogi Berra-free week. I know that many of you were tempted, but you took the high road, you played clean. To quote Yogi Berra, AGHH! PTHT$#@^7#!!!. Damn, that was close, just shows you how tempting it is to lapse into the Yogi Zone. Even if, like me, you don't even KNOW any of his famous... OH! just thought of one! "The opera ain't ov... GACK!! Nearly did it again! I think, as Yogi once did not say, we better cut to the chaste.
This week's top spot goes to LEO WASSILIE for sheer force of will in turning the cartoon into a comment on the latest getaway by the Robber Barons. Let's see if we can explain this. The dogma is that if we just get the government out of these people's way, they'll make lots of money for all of us. So we deregulate them and let them go. Then they get greedy and careless because, what the heck, nobody is watching. Next thing you know the gravy train jumps the rails, careens down the street, runs over a dog, and slams into the Federal Treasury.
Why do we have to bail these Wall Street Welfare Queens out? Simple. They're "too big to fail". The logic is that if we let them suffer the consequences, the damage to the markets and investor greed, oops, I mean "Investor confidence" will be so widespread that we have to leap under their bodies and break their fall. And given that they are, as we said, "Too big to fail" you know that's going to hurt.
On reflection, there is one area where this strategy works to the advantage of all U.S. citizens. China has been loaning us vast sums of money. Sums so large, so eye-poppingly gargantuan, so majestically mammoth, that they can't afford to let us fail! We've got them just where we want them. Welcome to capitalism, you poor deluded wannabes. Make the check out to the United States Government.
I'm getting all wrought up here. Let me change the subject.
Because we here at the ADN opinion staff believe that everyone else has lots of time on their hands, we have come up with a new way for you to fritter away precious hours. It's a new audio play in serialized format. We have posted the first episode here
The next episode will come from you. It's sort of Name that 'Toon, long form. Follow the link and let your inspiration flow.
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