Leviathan

 

Michael Ramirez, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, is my favorite contemporary political cartoonist.
As if you care.

 

I just came across this cartoon, which first appeared not long after last year’s presidential election.

 

In related news:  Seven of the ten richest counties in the United States are now in the greater Washington DC area.

 

Does that fact strike anybody as significant?  Does it bother anybody besides me?

 

 

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  • John Ziebarth

    When Romney said 47% of the electorate won’t vote for him because they depend on the gov’t., it seems he was correct, However if i relied on the government- which I do because I teach- Wouldn’t I want the government to be financially sound so they could take care of me? And if we are having so much trouble with $85 billion in sequester cuts, what on earth are we going to do if we want to live within our means and not spend $1.5 trillion more than we take in? What is the endgame here?

  • Louis Midgley

    One winter many years ago I directed the BYU Semester in Washington, where students serve as interns in various offices mostly in the government. Seeing all those huge office buildings packed with people governing in one way or another, I hoped that we were getting less government than we were paying for. And a peek here and there inside the bureaucracy gave me reason for hope that this was true. Much of it was consolation for the wealthy, and, of course, presumably for the poor and disadvantaged. Thomas Jefferson, who was contemplating a very tiny regime, once moaned that “they will purchase the votes of the people, and make them pay the price.” But, alas, the best we can hope for is the less imperfect regime (when compared with the alternative spread around the world and reaching back in time).

  • Raymond Takashi Swenson

    Having worked in and with the Federal government my entire working life, let me point to the things that draw money to power: Anyone who sellks goods or services to the Federal government (e.g. Lockheed Martin) needs to be well represented in DC. Any industry that is regulated by government ( all of them) has to be well represented in DC. Any university that depends on Federal grants has to be well represented in DC. And anyone who has to litigate against the government has to be well tepresented in DC. Plus anyone who needs to protect themselves against government abuse of power has to be represented in DC. The entire system is one of positive feedback like the squeal on a sound amplifier. The more power government has, the more power your own group needs to protect itself, but that increases the net power of government, ad infinitum.


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