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The circus that awaits Kagan

By Tom Toles

Arrested development

George Carlin was everything I think a comedian should be, except funny. But he did say some interesting things. Such as "when you grow up you discover there ARE no adults." I think it was Carlin who said that. Him or Jack Kemp. But after Greece and Deep Horizon and Wall Street, you start to see his point. Here in D.C. there are a lot of people who DRESS like adults, but they have been telling everybody for a generation that markets and corporations regulate themselves, so nobody need worry about responsible behavior. This ALSO conveniently excused politicians from having to act like adults. Well that was then.

You might be tempted to say it's a boomer thing, this refusal to face up to hard problems in a serious way, but then there's Grandpa Reagan and "tax cuts pay for themselves." Quasi-post-boomer Obama acts suspiciously adult-like. Probably explains the widespread feeling he must have come from somewhere else. --Tom Toles


By Tom Toles  | May 11, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
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I will never attack you for being too liberal, or even just liberal, because there are very few people who are liberal enough to please me. I like your definitions of Liberal and Conservative, now here's mine. Liberal- someone who will look at all sides of the issue and make a choice, and will listen to any point of view, even if not agreeing. Conservative-someone who already knows everything and has no use for anyone else's opinion because the other person is obviously wrong.

Posted by: bavery1 | May 12, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Obama adult-like, and Carlin not funny!


This is why you should be using pictures to express yourself, and not so many words. I don't care where Obama was born. The important thing is, he hasn't the proper background to be in a position of responsibility within our government. He doesn't think like an American. He is not American first. Obama, and people who think like him, will have us where Greece is in just a few more years.

When the takers outnumber the givers, the game is up.

Posted by: kwpendlet | May 11, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Tom, I don't usually comment on your pieces, but this one was brilliant.

You are absolutely right on all points.

Keep up the GREAT work!

Posted by: BattleOffSamar | May 11, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Tommy boy;... you continue to confirm that you have no clue about the world around you. Carlin was a comic genius!!..All humor must be based on some measure of truth...... he could take ordinary day-to-day observations of both the mundain and absurd, and always have you nodding.... OMG, how true!
I suspect you must think Keith Oberman is a laugh a minute??

Posted by: Shrimper | May 11, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Dear primegrop:

Mr Toles claims to be cut from the same intellectual cloth as Dionne, Eugene Robinson, etc..... Meaning anything with an elephant or a tea leaf/cup in its symbol is really Bozo the clown to him.

Very few of the Toles cartoons are without a liberal bias to it, and now that he ad-libs a brief opinion piece with each one... its blatantly more apparent that Toles lacks a firm grasp of reality. Such as, the United States could be in Greece's position in the next few years if we keep up this spending tear in the country.

Sooner, rather than later, we have to say NO to social program benefits... take our lumps for a number of years and live within our means. Endless extensions of unemployment benefits, granting benefits & rights to non tax paying illegal residents, and forever growing deficits are the fastest way to financial ruin in this country. We are not there yet... but soon will be at this pace.

Posted by: alutz08 | May 11, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Obama is adult-like??? Yet he spends faster than all the drunken sailors in the history of the world, with no way to pay for it? If a politician wants to take an adult stance... it should be like Governor Christie from NJ.... give a serious speech and back it up with serious actions. Tell the public that they cannot depend on the Govt for outrageous pensions, services, etc.. because it cannot be paid for.

There needs to be a come to Jesus moment... and since Obama doesn't seem to believe in Him, he is not the "adult" to lead us out of the wilderness.

Posted by: alutz08 | May 11, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Toles,
I do wonder if you are adult enough to understand that you present a biased opinion. Would it hurt you to grow up a little and try to gain a more enlightened perspective?

I mean no disrespect. It is just that many in the media are ignorant of things in the real world. It is just too easy to present the popular point of view and be congratulated for it, rather than dig beneath the superficial and define a legitimate objective perspective.

Posted by: primegrop | May 11, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

What -- Carlin not funny?!!!! That's right up there with saying that Cheney's got no heart. And we all know he's got one because it keeps making the news by misfiring -- probably because the darn thing is suicidal, and justifiably so.

Posted by: dudeupnorth | May 11, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

No adults in D.C., just boys in long pants.

Posted by: mocmao | May 11, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse


I laffed and laffed at "100% chance of darkness."

As for "Probably explains the widespread feeling he must have come from somewhere else."

But of course he did. In Hollywood one had to have the lines in the script. That made it work. He also was talked into the idea that trees caused pollution, favoring censorship and even sending a cake to Iran.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | May 11, 2010 6:56 AM | Report abuse

Carlin was one of the funniest comedians of his time. His jokes on the absurdity of manmade global warming were hilarious.

Posted by: taxcutsin12 | May 10, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I really think the prez just can't get with the constant circus up there. Very suspicious. Always loved Carlin's evening weather forecast--Dark, with continuing darkness throughout the night....

Posted by: carolerae48 | May 10, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

George Carlin could take a social issue which had been totally distorted by both the left and the right and lay it out before you in it's true light. And at the same time have you laughing until it hurt. What our elected officials need is a sense of humor, like Senator Everett Dirksen. Anybody remember him?

Posted by: bobbo2 | May 10, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

An outrage, I say! Outrage!!

Posted by: Kevin71707 | May 10, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Carlin not funny?!?! What the?!?!

Posted by: Kevin71707 | May 10, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

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