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By Tom Toles



Getting out of the house CNBC reporter Rick Santelli's infamous tirade about subsidizing the mortgage of your worthless neighbor with the extra bathroom, which some mark as the celebratory kickoff of the tea party movement, continues to resonate, but in ways beyond what he intended. In his ode of praise to the free market, he tripped over the obvious problem that EVERYONE'S mortgage is subsidized, by hardworking, jobholding RENTERS, and they might possibly resent paying for YOUR extra bathroom.

Trying to find that splendid bright line between the bum sitting on his Fannie Mae and the trust funder who enjoys some taxpayer help with his second home in the Keys is not conceptually so easy, and getting harder all the time. Equity issues aside, the nightmare sprawl-engendered traffic jams aside, the conflagration of fossil fuels aside, now we have structural economic issues too!

We all have a good laugh at backward Europe's immobile labor market, but now we have one too! Because people are stuck with their subsidized mortgages and can't move to where the jobs are! So, naturally, we expect to soon see Tea Party signs demanding this socialist subsidy be stricken from the realm, right after we see the ones demanding we cut off their Medicare. --Tom Toles




By Tom Toles  | August 2, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
Categories:  Middle East  
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Toles has become a propagandist, and a laughably bad one at that. Or perhaps he--and his editor--are simply ignorant? Given that the Washington Post has on numerous occasions chronicled Abbas' refusal to meet face-to-face with Israel, can we assume that Toles and his WaPo editor do not read the newspaper (not that I blame them overly)?

Posted by: pburich | August 6, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me, but it is just ignorant to say that renters subsidize homeowners because of the mortgage interest deduction. Owners of apartment buildings have large mortgages on the buildings, for which the interest is deductible as a business expense, and rents would be a whole lot higher if they didn't.

Equally ignorant is the idea that the Israelis are the obstacle to direct talks in the Mideast.

How can someone appear regularly in the Washington Post when he has no idea what he is talking about?

Posted by: Mahon1 | August 5, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

While 'cute', the Table Talk cartoon could not be further from the truth -- Israel has repeatedly sought direct talks, without pre-conditions, while Abbas opts for indirect talks or sets pre-conditions that are unachievable without first having the talks.

I'll assume that oversight reflects a misprint or the cartoonist's ignorance of the facts. The alternative, that a Pulitzer prize winning cartoonist has been reduced to being a propagandist -- giving life to a lie -- would truly be a shame.

Posted by: davidleisenberg | August 5, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Okay then, how about we make the requirements concurrent? Palestine should acknowledge Israel's "right to exist" at exactly the same time that Israle acknowledges Palestine's "right to exist."

It is true that, the number of Israeli homes and/or acres of land lost to Palestine since this thing started is much lower than the number of Palestinian homes and/or acres of land lost to Israel. It is also true that Palestinian lives are taken by Israelis at roughly four times the rate Israeli lives are taken by Palestinians, but the Jews were victims of the Holocaust and should therefore be held blameless.

Does that pretty much clear things up?

Posted by: jonroesler | August 4, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

There used to be a time when you could purchase a home for a reasonable price, stay in it for the length of the mortgage, pay it off and live securely. Then homes became the common person's source of money to live beyond their means. Renters have it pretty easy. They don't pay property taxes. They don't worry about vacancies. They don't usually pay for repairs or upgrades. Many have section 8 housing where their rent is heavily subsidized. In public housing it isn't the Landlord who urinates in the hallways, paints graffiti on every wall, breaks windows, doors, appliances, etc. It is not easy to own rental property. Look what people to do motel rooms. As far as the now visible cartoon. I have never understood how the Left abandons Israel when it is a fact that the Jewish people tend to be very Liberal in their social agenda. Israel is a sovereign Nation. That fact is still not acknowledged by many Arab factions. There will be no resolution until that fact is acknowledged, and accepted.

Posted by: bobbo2 | August 2, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I don't know, I think 26charlie's rant ranks right up there.

Bobbo2 : ) : ) : )

Toles, why I can see your point, and now your "toons", you also must take in to account the number of people who REFUSE to leave their 'roots', for whatever reason....all you have to do is look at those whose homes have been destroyed by hurricanes, earthquakes and flooding...instead of relocating to a 'better' local they insist on rebuilding in the same spot....which in effect also has the "neighbor" dipping in their pockets for part of the bill. I know first hand people who refuse to move, for a job related reasons, just because they are "set in their ways."

The patriot act is already in full swing...nothing is private..unless you take into account the Clinton wedding...

Posted by: bertzel | August 2, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Please inform your "owners", that we "renters" do pay state, local and school taxes. Ask my landlord where he gets the funds. My rent increased 16%.

Posted by: renabean | August 2, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

The last I checked, it was the Pals, not the Israelis, refusing face-to-face talks. Trust Toles and his left-liberal claque to blame the Jews, er, Israelis. In Toles et al.'s eyes, the Jews, er, Israelis are to blame for everything. Abbas (aka Abu Mazen, his "guerilla" name) just named a soccer field after the perpetrator of a bus attack that murdered 18 Israelis in 1978, but of course the Jews, er, Israelis, are at fault for everything.

Posted by: mbrachman | August 2, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Toles your artwork today was the best I have ever seen from you. Your rendition of "polar bear in a snowstorm" is truly groundbreaking. The proportions are exemplary. And your use of color, simply daring if I might add. What can one say other than, Tom Toles? Definitly "suitable for framing". Concerning your daily rant, I will get back to you after I read it a few more times. Sometimes your stuff makes more sense if I hold the monitor upside down. One of the reasons that I also buy the print Post everyday.

Posted by: bobbo2 | August 2, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

I realize you were entirely too busy covering Chelsea Clinton's wedding this weekend (or at least covering the coverage and the gossip and releasing the AP-sanctioned pictures). But two words for you:

User Testing

When I can pull up several different browsers and only see the images in 1? You guys aren't doing your jobs.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | August 2, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

" the nightmare sprawl-engendered traffic jams ..."

Want to fix that. Let people telecommute if they can and let companies move jobs to where the people live. If most of their workers live in Rockville - move the agency to Rockville. Or give some tax aid for those who want to move close to where they work. If they want to. But sprawl is no problem if jobs and shopping is close. That was the whole idea behind Reston and Columbia. And they are doing well.

Posted by: gary4books | August 2, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

The problem with seeing the toon is browser-related. It isn't displaying correctly in Firefox or Flock or Netscape 9, but is fine in Safari and Chrome. I'm on a Mac.

Posted by: egc52556 | August 2, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Just isn't the same without the 'toon'...could someone PLEASE adjust accordingly.

Posted by: bertzel | August 2, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Some genius in IT has made your two most recent cartoons disappear. The cartoon URLs, which used to take this form . . .

. . . now take this form . . .

. . . and we can't see the Toles!

Posted by: misterjrthed | August 2, 2010 6:40 AM | Report abuse

Why don't libs just give back all those Bush tax cuts they are always whining about?

Posted by: taxcutsin12 | August 2, 2010 6:37 AM | Report abuse

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