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  • Wednesday, 22 June 2016 , By Mark Fiore

    Paul Ryan’s Publicity Stunt

    With Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, calling the #NoBillNoBreak sit-in a “publicity stunt,” let’s take a look at what Representative Ryan has been doing lately to get attention of his own.  I actually feel kind of sorry for the guy.  (Okay, not really.)  

    First the speaker can’t get heard because Donald Trump is stealing all of the political oxygen.  Then, on the very day that Ryan finally (finally!) releases his alternative health care “plan,” the Democratic sit-in on the House floor hits.  Now, what attention Paul Ryan is getting is not exactly the kind he wants.

    After struggling lately to get heard, Speaker Ryan is now coming across as an anti-democratic whiner who shut down C-SPAN during one of the most crucial times in Congress, among other things.  (Should we call it the LaPierre Spring?)  Meanwhile, if you look a little closer at what Ryan has been proposing, you’ll see it is more of the same deregulation and bootstraps nonsense that is slightly repackaged each time he unveils his latest masterwork.  Enjoy the cartoon, and remember that you can dig in deeper to my work on my Patreon page!

  • Wednesday, 15 June 2016 , By Mark Fiore

    Thoughts and Prayers

    Now that we have had the deadliest mass-shooting in the history of the United States, can we please do something to help stop the carnage?  Sadly, I’m not too hopeful— if we didn’t do much after twenty 6 and 7-year-olds were massacred in their classrooms, we probably won’t do much when 49 people partying at a gay club are gunned down.

    This is one of those cartoons where the research just sucked me down the rabbit hole.  The deeper you look, the more awful this really is.  Sure, assault weapons aren’t the only culprit in this tragedy.  This and most other mass shootings require a warped mind as well as the tools to carry out an attack.  But it seems to me the common denominator, and the most readily-solved part of the problem, is incredibly easy access to guns.  If eggs have the American Egg Board, guns have the National Rifle Association— but don’t be fooled, they aren’t working for responsible gun owners, the NRA is working for gun manufacturers.

    There are so many numbers floating around out there that attempt to detail how the NRA influences Congress.  I found lists that show the “top twenty” recipients of NRA funding, but it doesn’t really look that bad.  It is only when you dig deeper (thank you Center for Responsive Politics) that you can begin to see all the threads:  direct contributions to politicians, independent expenditures, independent expenditures against an opponent, etc., need to be taken together to understand the NRA’s (and other groups’) influence.  I’m sure I’ll be doing more cartoons about this in the near future, in the meantime, be sure to check out more of my work and go behind-the-scenes on my Patreon page.

  • Wednesday, 08 June 2016 , By Mark Fiore

    Grrl Power

    Hillary Clinton finally clinched the nomination, and Little Suzie Newsykins is back to tell you all about it.  Those “18 million cracks in the glass ceiling” aren’t quite 18 million this go round but she did it after a long slog.  (Hillary won the nomination with about three million fewer votes than she had when she lost the nomination in 2008.)

    No matter who you were pulling for in the primary, you’ve got to admit it’s a screwy system that confuses even the most seasoned politicos.  Sure, there are still mail-in and provisional ballots that are working their way into the totals, but the latest primaries on Tuesday sure didn’t go Bernie Sanders’ way.  His path to the nomination got progressively convoluted and confusing as time went on and the votes didn’t come in.  (He was against the superdelegates before he was for them.)

    Little Suzie revels in the historic nature of Hillary’s achievement while being baffled by the American system of Democracy-ish.  It has been a crazy primary season and something tells me it’s only going to get weirder as the campaign progresses.  Enjoy the cartoon and be sure to visit my Patreon page.

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