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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback recently signed sweeping welfare "reforms" into law. They're ostensibly supposed to curb welfare fraud, but in reality they create even more hurdles for the poor, much like how voter ID laws exist to keep the poor and minorities away from the polls rather than prevent voter fraud.
We're all beneficiaries of government assistance in one way or another, be it tax cuts, tax credits, and if you're a large bank, free billions from the Fed, but it's only the poorest who get shamed for getting what amounts to a pittance. At least Brownback has spared the poor from going on cruises and getting diarrhea.
Now that the defense industry in the United States has taken a bit of a budgeting hit at home, they’re getting more aggressive overseas. Defense contractors are opening satellite offices and selling arms as fast as they can into the chaos of the Middle East.
Between the fight against ISIS and the war in Yemen, more Arab countries are getting into the act and using their arsenals. US companies are supplying the planes, bombs, missiles and other weapons everywhere from Libya and Iraq to Yemen and Pakistan. We’ve got a very busy little military industrial complex these days.
It’s nothing new that the United States is the biggest arms dealer in the world, I just think it’s worth noting that we have a hand in nearly every war currently under way. What looks like crazy countries battling over religion, politics or resources far away from our shores, is closer to home when you peel back the layers to find out who is supplying those weapons. Be sure to like, comment, share and dig into some of the links behind the cartoon.
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I've long been meaning to do a strip about the incompatibility of bikes and cars, and Earth Day week seemed as good a time as any. Besides, it was either this or making fun of the clown car that is the field of Republican presidential candidates, and I'm not quite up for that yet.
I dream of a dedicated bike path between me and the Post Office. I would do everything by bike if it didn't involve competing with 5,000-pound missiles. Let's not even get into what those missile operators are doing while they're supposed to be watching the road. A friend told me he saw someone crocheting on the highway during stop-and-go traffic the other day.
My truck grille-drawing skills seem to have improved since I moved to Texas. Clearly there's some R. Crumb influence creeping in here too. I named the truck in the last panel a Ford Glacier because we're always naming giant vehicles after things we're destroying (See also: the Tundra).
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