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The Decline and Fall of America

michigander4 Wrote: Nov 17, 2012 8:23 AM
Political parties themselves are the ultimate interest groups. All other interest groups spring from them through the ongoing contest between them to see which one of them can give away the most free stuff.... and the winner of that contest wins presidential elections.

A few days after the election of 2012 the very talented Michael Ramirez published a political cartoon that perhaps conveyed a more profound meaning than he anticipated. He depicted a pair of hands extending from star-studded sleeves (presumably from a mendicant Uncle Sam), which were held in supplication, as though waiting for a handout or petitioning voters to relinquish more of their earnings to the federal government. There’s another way of interpreting this image, however; the hands appeared not only pathetic and a bit contemptible, but also aged and withered, as though belonging to an old man. In which case,...