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By Tom Toles  | September 19, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
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AHA, and I say again; AHA!!!
That is what is missing is the "DEMOCRATIC COFFEE PARTY".
I was at Starbucks having my daily caramel macchiato talking to a fellow coffee connoisseur when I suggest if the economy collapse there will be no more coffee shops. I thought he was going to choke on the thought. His coffee must have gone down the wrong pipe. I dropped the subject. Throwing coffee beans overboard did not appeal to me either.
Now that I think of it; maybe we should have an "OIL PARTY" like BP and acknowledge that the oil companies run the country. We can put them in charge of alternative energy sources and give them a trillion dollars each to "MAKE IT SO".
Then we could make a special presidential exception; pay BP's CEO several hundred billion dollars to be our president and really oil our political system.
David Eddy
taichi-wuchi@msn.com

Posted by: OchamsRazor | September 20, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

sorry for multiple postings, am watching a game...
bobbo2, if you follow the Constitution verbatim, it would be considered extreme. So many laws we now have were made outside the confines of the constitution. Our federal government reaches beyond the confines of the constitution...
Just sayin'

Posted by: bertzel | September 19, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

What coffee party?
No one hears about a coffee party and am sure 99.9% of the people don't believe one to exist.
Who would dare to push the idealism of a coffee party with no apparent plan to govern?

Posted by: bertzel | September 19, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Constitutional restrictions on the Federal Government and fiscal responsibility are no extremist positions. When the Tea Party came about it was blown off as nothing. That is not the case. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE COFFEE PARTY?

Posted by: bobbo2 | September 19, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I just did a political backflip...it was awesome and enlightening...guess we all can "live and learn" no matter our age or convictions....

Why rub it in? like you said... we have the opportunity to do so!

Posted by: bertzel | September 19, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I love it that Toles has the right to pass entirely on his own daily blog and let his cartoon do all the talking for him - he knew the spitballs he was going to attract with his version of Sarah today, so why rub it in any further?
Freedom of speech, freedom to make complete idiots out of ourselves, as the Tea Partiers are inclined to do, and Sarah seems so willing to sponsor, these are fundamental freedoms, sometimes to be lampooned, sometimes to be cherished, sometimes to be seriously lamented, and ain't it great that we have the opportunity to do so (or not, as we choose) right here in these virtual pages of the Washington Post!

Posted by: thanksforfish | September 19, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I love the people who persist in thinking their mere assertions are truth. You underestimate Sarah Palin and tried to belittle her during the campaign with the comment "do you want her one heartbeat away from the presidency?" But you gave Joe Biden a pass, the moronic then senator who plagiarised a Neil Kinnock speech (Neil Kinnock?) and insisted that FDR gave a televised fireside chat in 1929. It is you determines which of your adversaries are competent to serve. What rot! And all from people who were stupid enough to swallow all that twaddle about chads and dimples not so long ago, and who berated Obama's predecessor, along with Obama, and complain of racism when his record is examined. Pooh, people, poop.

Posted by: sailhardy | September 19, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

I had no idea that any political observer could be so naive. But if I would just look at all the "Marches on DC" I could know better.

Be brave, Mr. Toles. Enlightenment can always be on the way.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | September 19, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

I guess there is a reason for the President to uncork the champagne. He just created another Federal bureau. Taxpayers, welcome the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. It is about to take up residence right under Secretary of the Treasury Geithner's office in the Treasury Department. The do-gooder in charge of starting the bureau is a darling of the Left, Elizabeth Warren. She will only get the bureau going but her salary is $165,3000. Ms. Warren and the dozens of start up employees will I guess save us from those mean old banks when we get loans. Of course there was no confirmation proceedures to okay her in her job. Why go through the proper proceedures anyway, right? And the Washington Post I guess doesn't know what the operating budget of this shiny new bureau will be yet. Wouldn't it be nice if President Obama operated as if there were other branches on the tree of government and not just the executive branch? If the Republicans become the majority again in both Houses they should start by telling Ms. Warren and her at staff to go blow. A review of all Government departments should be instituted with a check of their Constitutionality. Any department that is redundant or has powers that are found to be outside the Constitution should be abolished or cut down to size with their powers within Constitutional boundaries. President Obama IS Big Government. The tide has shifted firmly away from that direction. We need smaller, more efficient and responsive Government. Not bigger, confusing, and more expensive Government. President Obama continues to add to the size of our Government and it's costs. A line must be drawn, now.

Posted by: bobbo2 | September 18, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Molly had to go into hiding for using hers, but Toles keeps attacking women with his.

Posted by: jornolibist | September 18, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

"The house of cards must either fall or be blown over. "
Really? So what is left standing when that happens??

Posted by: bertzel | September 18, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

"Oh, yeah. One other thing. People here complaining about Toles being "one-sided." Mr. Toles writes and does cartoons in the "Op-Ed" section--he can call them as he sees them."

Really? I'm in the OPINION section? Guess I can call 'em as I see 'em as well.
Didn't realize Toles was so narrow-minded.

Posted by: bertzel | September 18, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Dear ptgrunner, how about a flat tax? I agree with your comments on deductions. Our Federal entitlements are the major cost to our Government. Social Security as it is managed is a Ponze scheme. Public Sector Unions are breaking the backs of cities, counties, and States with their contracts that were approved by our politicians. Greed and "don't touch mine" is rampant in the public sector and entitlements. The house of cards must either fall or be blown over. Across the board is the only fair way to reduce the cost of Government and entitlements. The Public Sector must go back to the ideals of Government service being a reward all of it's own with pay and benefits that are reasonable to the taxpayer. I am waiting to hear from Alan Simpson and the group who are supposed to make suggestions about Government cuts. It will be a start. But I expect our career politicians to try to keep the status quo. Term limits should also be considered.

Posted by: bobbo2 | September 18, 2010 2:50 AM | Report abuse

Oh, yeah. One other thing. People here complaining about Toles being "one-sided." Mr. Toles writes and does cartoons in the "Op-Ed" section--he can call them as he sees them.

@bobbo2 It is Palin who is very short on specifics. As I've already written, talking tax cuts is easy. Talking spending cuts is easy as well, as long as you don't talk specifics. When you do, you begin stepping on peoples' toes. And you can be sure that, when the Tea Partiers talk about spending cuts--yes, I've talked to some--they have no interest in talking about cuts to their benefits. Because they believe that they are ENTITLED!

Now, I've already written about one place that we can cut spending by _a lot_. Military and intelligence. We spend way too much there. Doubtless there are other areas in our budget we can cut. How about a cut, actually an elimination, of all tax deductions and credits. How's that a spending cut? The IRS could be a very small agency and everybody's tax return would be a postcard. I suppose that is too "radical" for you, because it would affect you personally. And isn't that the problem? No one wants spending cuts when they are affected by them. Even or especially Tea Partiers!

Posted by: ptgrunner | September 18, 2010 2:00 AM | Report abuse

Palin and he Tea Party have not given any specifics about how they will reduce government spending. Cutting taxes is easy...almost everyone is for it unless you've paid attention during the Reagan, Bush 41 and Bush 43 presidencies. Reagan and Bush 43 gave us tax cuts...deficits increased and increased rapidly. In fact, under only three presidents since WWII has the national debt relative to GDP gone up--reread that a few times. Those three presidents were Reagan, Bush 41 and Bush 43. Even the much-maligned Jimmy Carter reduced our debt relative to GDP. Reagan ran on a platform promising to reduce the national debt, but he made things far worse. Nearly thirty years after Reagan's failed economic policies, we've learned nothing from past experiences and about to make the same mistake again.

As for Tea Partier O'Donnell, in her victory speech, she mentioned the need to create jobs in DE, provide for soldiers returning for war, and enhance national security--all these initiatives are on the spending side. In the same speech and the other side of her mouth, she mentioned the need to cut the deficits. But no plan to do these things. No doubt she plans tax cuts.

The reality is that Obama is about the only one taking responsibility to do what's necessary. He and the Democrats have done the right things to improve the economy. He gives every appearance of keeping his promises to end the foolish wars we are engaged in. He has to fight the extremist Republicans now in Congress--how did we come to calling the moderates--on every single bill, even if the Repubs have already suggested a very similar policy. Yep, they're obstructionists!

Let the tax cuts expire, all of them if the Repubs want. Cut annual defense and intelligence spending in half over 5 years. (For example, do we really need drones in Guam?) Redirect the money from defense cuts to deficit reduction and infrastructure repair, high speed rail, R&D, alternative energy, etc. Or we can continue our slide to a completely backward country, further behind countries in Europe and Asia. Democrats: "Yes, we can!" Republicans: "No, we won't!"

Posted by: ptgrunner | September 18, 2010 1:37 AM | Report abuse

Never much cared for Champagne.
Gives me a headache.

Honestly Toles..do you HAVE to be so ONE SIDED? What happened to bipartisanship? You know, working TOGETHER for the common good!
Wasn't that Obama's campaign rhetoric?

Perhaps you should try a little 'chamapaign' in your train of thought.
You are only feeding the fire with your one-sided partisan view... : -(

btw...doesn't matter what type of tv you have...the "show" is still the same.

Posted by: bertzel | September 18, 2010 1:07 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: bobbo2
". . . Mr. Toles has given the Left a chance, with this cartoon, to do what they do best, character assassination with no talk about policy. Go for it Lefties."
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Leapin' Lizzards! The LEFTIES ??? Ever listen to Beck/ Limbaugh/Hannity/Coulter/O'Reilly?? Rove when he hinted that McCain sired an illegitimate black baby??
Geeze, bobbo2 You subscribe to the National Enquirer?

Posted by: lufrank1 | September 17, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

And why not boobo, the Republicans invented character assassination. Great cartoon. I read your cartoons before I read anything on the Washington Post. You are an absolute brillent cartoonist as well as a writer.

Posted by: nallcando | September 17, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Okay Senator McCain let the Palin out of the bottle. And President Obama let the Tea Party out of the bottle. Let's just see how many comments about Ms. Palin are about her personally and not about the policies of limited government and fiscal responsibility that she supports. Mr. Toles has given the Left a chance, with this cartoon, to do what they do best, character assassination with no talk about policy. Go for it Lefties.

Posted by: bobbo2 | September 17, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

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