published Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

The Expert

about Clay Bennett...

The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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woody said...

Well-drawn 'toon' there Clay..I guess a 'pot and a kettle' calling each other names would have been too subtle..huh?..Woody

September 3, 2011 at 5:56 a.m.
AndrewLohr said...

Yeah, Congress looks terrible. Harry Reid's Senate hasn't passed a whole budget in two years; it voted down President Obama's budget 97-0. Nancy Pelosi's House tanked the economy and blew up the deficit, in cahoots with Reid and Obama. Lately the tea party has managed to slow spending growth by a few million here and there out of trillions; a small improvement but the only improvement there is. At state level, what, 8 of the 9 best state economies feture GOP governors? Hmmmm.

September 3, 2011 at 6:27 a.m.

Au Contraire, Clay. Please! I'm afraid this cartoon is way off. Why should the current congress be blamed for what the last one did??? SSoooo silly. This is like a doctor being handed a cancer patient with two weeks left to live and then being blamed for their condition!

September 3, 2011 at 8:16 a.m.
MTJohn said...

Andrew - thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

September 3, 2011 at 8:47 a.m.
jesse said...

blame the congress all the way back to f.d.r.'s time or father.* now they are trying to put a band-aid on a sucking chest wound!!

*(and the presidents and the guvs,and the gen.population for putting up with it.)THE FREE RIDE IS JUST ABOUT OVER!!!

September 3, 2011 at 8:55 a.m.
tderng said...

bbnd...its typical,throw the blame every where and if it doesn't stick....resort to vile name calling,and if that doesn't work pull out the ever useful race card.

September 3, 2011 at 8:59 a.m.
fairmon said...

Congress is terminal which indicates a need for drastic treatment. One good treatemnt can be seen at:

Congress and the wealthy don't like this proposed treatment and will not process H.R. 25 and S.13.

Who do you think pays legislatively imposed cost and taxes on any business. Do you think those cost might be in the cost of goods and services we purchase?

September 3, 2011 at 9:44 a.m.
fairmon said...

A seriously ill congress will investigate the $500 million loan to solar panels producer Solyndra after Solyndra'a announcement they would lay off 1,100 workers and file bankruptcy. This is the company Obama and energy secretary Chu said would soon add 1,000 jobs and was the future of the country. They are the third solar company to file for bankruptcy.

They said they could not compete with the cheaper product from China. God forbid congress investigate why they can't compete, it is not the wage difference. Is congress reluctant to learn the impact of local, state and federally imposed cost, burdens and restrictions on businesses? Revealing that may require them to address why American jobs keep getting exported.

September 3, 2011 at 10:02 a.m.
limric said...

Nice cartoon Clay.

The only thing I would add; The door in the back ground should be halfway open with Obama (in profile) standing in the hall fiddling with a Rubik’s Cube.

September 3, 2011 at 10:27 a.m.
mountainlaurel said...

The physician in attendance is a quack. It’s obvious the poor patient is suffering from a lack of oxygen and unemployment, which was caused by an undiagnosed case of the housing bubble virus. The patient’s survival depends upon a massive dose of oxygen and employment, but the quack wants to cut off the patient’s nose, right arm, and left foot,

September 3, 2011 at 11:20 a.m.
hambone said...

The attending physician's RX is not what is needed and he knows it. It's just that he hates the hospital CEO!!

And is trying to get him fired!!

September 3, 2011 at 12:59 p.m.
chet123 said...



September 3, 2011 at 2:15 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Obama muffled and then killed the recovery. On Thursday we can expect him to come up with more of the same, counterproductive policies that FDR used to extend the great depression to a 10 year long nightmare.

The FairTax, H.R. 25 and S.13 would put the economy in overdrive without putting any additional strain on the debt. It is too bad that the political class in Washington is too drunk on the power they get from the current 70,000 pages of tax code they preside over. If they were not addicted to power it would be easy for them to see that the FairTax is what we need to get out of this economic malaise.

It would also help greatly to abolish all of the departments Obama is using to terrorize American businesses.

September 3, 2011 at 2:29 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Absolutely typical that Bennett would let Obama off the hook in his otherwise worthwhile cartoon. Will Bennett ever stop cheerleading for Obama? I bet he thinks Jimmy Carter was a great president.

September 3, 2011 at 2:41 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Hambone said: "The attending physician's RX is not what is needed and he knows it. It's just that he hates the hospital CEO!! And is trying to get him fired!!"

Are you suggesting the attending physician is guilty of malpractice with malicious intent?

September 3, 2011 at 3:49 p.m.
hambone said...

MountainL, You bet cha!!

September 3, 2011 at 4:21 p.m.
fairmon said...


Your response to my post makes no sense. I didn't endorse either party. They both have their share that are bought and paid for. But, you can assume one thing that would be accurate. I will not vote for anyone currently in office which includes your favorite idiot in charge or anyone the other party presently has to offer. You keep repeating yourself and never provide the action you think is needed to improve the economy.

September 3, 2011 at 5:31 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Hambone said: "You bet cha!!"

Glad the guy isn't my physician. Having malicious intent is worse than being a quack.

September 3, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.
fairmon said...

Unfortunately the patient has no insurance and the team of treating physicians think two aspirin will cure the cancer that is killing the patient. 12 people on a "super" committee that will recommend the right treatment. That is malpractice at it's best. The republicans are bragging about holding the debt to around 26 trillion in 10 years instead of 28 trillion, who are they kidding? The interest on the debt, if we are able to borrow that much, will be around 1 trillion per year.

None of them have the nerve to end three wars and quit interfering in the internal affairs of other countries. None are willing to suggest phasing out all federal welfare programs or phasing out social security, medicare and medicaid. None have a specific plan to achieve energy independence. Why? Voters don't want to hear the truth or face reality so it is not possible to do what is right and necessary and hold a plush cushy influential get rich position.

September 3, 2011 at 6:50 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Silly leftists are so convinced that you can borrow yourself into prosperity that they confuse sound economic policy with malicious intent. “To not borrow into insolvency is malpractice”, in the mind of the “progressive”. Do you have any idea how your arguments make you look?

Don't debate the issue, try to vilify the other side. When all else fails, try lying and name calling. How predictable.

September 3, 2011 at 6:51 p.m.
MTJohn said...

Silly teabaggers forget that it was Ronald Reagan, and his commitment to Morning in America, that promoted the notion that we could borrow and spend our way into prosperity.

September 3, 2011 at 8:37 p.m.
rolando said...

No, that was FDR, MTJ. He started us on our long slide to bankruptcy and default.

September 3, 2011 at 9:11 p.m.
dude_abides said...

Patient looks like Boehner around the eyes.

September 3, 2011 at 11:20 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

BigRidgePatriot said: "Obama muffled and then killed the recovery."

Get real, BigRidgePatriot. Have you completely forgotten that Congress is a separate, coequal branch of government? To date, most of these people have done absolutely nothing but take up space. Hambone’s observations about the current Congress are correct. Their only goal to undermine the efforts of the current President, which in end undermines our chances for an economic recovery. I for one will not forget this kind of crap.

September 3, 2011 at 11:46 p.m.
alprova said...

Rolando wrote: "No, that was FDR, MTJ. He started us on our long slide to bankruptcy and default."

I think that is the most ignorant thing you have ever written into this forum to date. Only you would go back to the thirties to blame a Democrat for our current mess. FDR had nothing to do with it.

From 1945 to 1975, the national debt had fallen from $3.1 trillion to just under $2 trillion. From 1975 until 1981, the debt grew slightly to $2.2 trillion. Spending to fund World War II and the aftermath of the Great Depression were both equally responsible for a $2 trillion dollar brief rise in the debt under FDR.

Reagan was elected and took office in 1981 and during his eight years in office, the debt doubled to over $4 trillion and has been going up ever since, with the exception of the last four years of Bill Clinton's Presidency, where it leveled off and fell slightly, due to his insistence on balanced budgets for those last four years.

September 4, 2011 at 1:06 a.m.
SavartiTN said...

As much as everyone dislike Obama...and his (dis)approval ratings in multiple venues support this...they intensely dislike the way the Republicans are handling everything.

I believe things will drastically change in 2012 but not the way most people think that it will.

September 7, 2011 at 12:19 p.m.
mystyre said...

can any Republican/Tea Party/Conservatives/Right Wing etc. people explain how it is acceptable for an entire party to forego any comprise and focus soley on getting rid of the current president?

i'm not picking sides, or kidding around. i really want to know.

September 8, 2011 at 9:34 a.m.

Rolando wrote: "No, that was FDR, MTJ. He started us on our long slide to bankruptcy and default."

I think that is the most ignorant thing you have ever written into this forum to date. Only you would go back to the thirties to blame a Democrat for our current mess. FDR had nothing to do with it. (mrs alprova)

i see Mr. Rolando studied hard because he actually is more right (righter??) than her (alprova) sorry! mrs, but i can't talk as good as you and you being so smart and all, but i do remember if we go way way back to find out the truth of what happened it is so. the records and stuff don't lie. sorry, i know it hurts to be wrong but sometimes we have to be honest and say yes! i was wrong!

September 8, 2011 at 2:44 p.m.
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