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Political Cartoonist Says Obama Lies

Conservative Michael Ramirez, a Pulitzer-Prize winner, doesn't mince words in San Juan Capistrano on Wednesday.

When Congressman Joe Wilson yelled, "You lie!" during President Obama's 2009 speech to Congress, he got a lot of backlash, but two-time Pulitzer-winning political cartoonist Michael Ramirez apparently doesn’t worry about a similar reaction.

On Wednesday, he called the president a liar while speaking to about 80 members of Capistrano Valley Republican Women Federated at the Marbella Country Club in San Juan Capistrano.

While noting the president has ridiculed Republicans for having a three-step plan for energy – “Step 1: drill. Step 2: drill. Step 3: drill” – Ramirez said Obama has a three-step plan of his own:

“Step 1: lie. Step 2: lie. Step 3: lie.”

Ramirez, a former L.A. Times cartoonist whose work now appears at Investor’s Business Daily, shared some of his favorite political cartoons – including one from this past week – and his thoughts about how misguided he believes the current administration is.

One need look no further than the gas pump to deduce that Obama’s policies are hurting the American people, Ramirez said. When the president took office, gas was $1.83 a gallon. Now, it’s more than $4.30.

And that is exactly what Obama and his supporters want, Ramirez said, so they can force people toward renewable energy – even if it’s a message they’ve been backpedalling from in an election year.

“The president jokes there are a few spots where we’re not drilling. ‘We’re not drilling at the National Mall. We’re not drilling in your house.’ That’s only funny to someone who flies to basketball games in Ohio,” Ramirez said.

In fact, the increased production began before the president took office, Ramirez said. But there are many reserves Obama refuses to consider, in North Dakota, in Colorado, in Wyoming, ANWAR in Alaska.

“Keystone Pipeline. Do I need to say more?” Ramirez asked.

Ramirez said he is not opposed to alternative energy sources. But he believes a robust economy would invest far more private money than the feds ever could or should.

The national debt is also something that weighs heavily on him and often crops up in his political cartoons. With a current national gross domestic product of $15.2 trillion and a projected national debt of $27-$28 billion in 20 years, “this is a multigenerational debt, and it’s unsustainable,” he said.

Ramirez also bounced around titles for his next book. His publisher has ruled out “Conservatives Are from Mars, Liberals Are from Uranus,” he said. So he offered:

  • Give Me Liberty or Give Me a Government Bailout
  • Obamination
  • W Made Me Do It
  • Obama: The 57-State Apology Tour
  • Hope We Can Bereave In
  • Yes We Keynesian
  • The Nightmares of our Forefathers

Then he flipped through some cartoons. Among those provoking applause was one that featured a question and answer on a chalkboard:

Q: What do you get when you do the same thing over and over and expect different results?”

A: California.

Ramirez also encouraged Republicans to work together. Although there is no perfect candidate or politician, if you agree with someone on 80 percent of the issues, that’s close enough, he said.

With that in mind, he said he likes Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney, and touted the candidate's 70 percent success rate in turning companies around at Bain Capital.

“He’s created more jobs at Bain Capital than Barack Obama has in four years with the entire federal government behind him,” Ramirez said.

met00 April 01, 2012 at 08:00 AM
In 1980 we cut income. In 2001 we cut income. Both times the income was cut promises were made that it would create MORE wealth for those under those that got the cuts. It was called "trickle down". Promoted by the Chicago School of Economics and Milton Friedman it was based on the premise that giving money to the top would be used for investment capital. The problem was, IT WASN'T. The model was deeply flawed. The people at the top took their money to the legal gambling store (Wall Street) and played the markets. They went on a shopping spree and bought up and then closed down companies in what they called consolidation and increasing efficiency. What they did NOT do is actually invest. Friedman and the Chicago School were wrong and we have over 35 years of recent history to show that they were. They did not create jobs. They did not trickle the money down. They concentrated wealth, assets and power to the top 1%. It failed. It was and is a failed economic policy. The continued result of which will create two classes of people (ala Argentina) in the US. The haves and the have nots. And then, like every other country that has undergone this kind of economic inequality, the people will be left with no choice but violent armed insurrection against the corrupt government of the monied class. That is NOT the world I wish to leave my children. We were headed there before FDR changed sides and did the right thing. We need a leader to do the right thing now.
met00 April 01, 2012 at 08:12 AM
"In fact, while U.S. corporations (and many supporting politicians) argue that American tax rates are too high, the average U.S. corporate income tax is just one percentage point below the median effective rate of their peers in the Organization For Economic Cooperation and Development, OECD." - Forbes 9/2001 Corporate Tax Rate Japan: 40.69% - and that is without all the US tax loopholes 30 Companies that paid NO taxes 2008-2010 http://thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/ctjtaxdodge.jpg http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/03/us-usa-tax-corporate-idUSTRE7A261C20111103 As CTJ’s report put it, “just as workers pay their fair share of taxes on their earnings, so should successful businesses pay their fair share on their success. But today corporate tax loopholes are so out of control that most Americans can rightfully complain, ‘I pay more federal income taxes than General Electric, Boeing, DuPont, Wells Fargo, Verizon, etc., etc., all put together.’ That’s an unacceptable situation.” - Citizens for Tax Justice http://www.businessinsider.com/companies-pay-lowest-tax-loopholes-2011-2 "But 115 companies on the S&P500 pay less than 20 percent in taxes, according to a study the Capital IQ and The New York Times. That's not even counting 37 companies like Citigroup and AIG that received more in tax credits than they paid." Too bad reality doesn't support your corporate tax claim.
met00 April 01, 2012 at 08:21 AM
Just a little bit of research and... "Income tax revenue recovered to 2 percent of GDP in the late 1930s and then soared in World War II to as much as 15 percent of GDP in 1944-45 as Congress lowered the income threshold to capture income tax from ordinary wage-earners. Income tax collections declined rapidly after World War II with the corporate income tax collections declining fastest. Taxes were increased to fight the Korean War, and personal income tax collections have remained at about 7 to 8 percent of GDP ever since, except during the 1990s boom. However corporate income tax collections have declined consistently over the years, from 5.9 percent of GDP in 1952 to around 2 percent in the mid 2000s. The financial meltdown of 2008 reduced corporate income tax collections in half to 1 percent of GDP. " And lest we forget the parent of Patch... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/05/us-inequality-infographic_n_845042.html#s261411&title=Wage_Inequality And before you pull the class warfare card... LP, we have been in class warfare for the last 35 years, and the working class has been losing. Calling it class warfare just because they are finally wising up to the ponzi scheme and fighting back against it doesn't mean it started now, just that you can fool the serfs forever.
tinytom April 01, 2012 at 03:07 PM
met00: inflation adjusted dollars - 2010. Spending per household 1965 $11,431; 2012 $30,000 www.heritage.org/budgetchartbook/federal-spending-per-household
Panglonymous April 04, 2012 at 11:05 PM
"We have had three major crises in recent times, starting with the S&L debacle of roughly twenty-five years ago, then the Enron era, and now the current one. Each of these was triggered by an epidemic of fraud at the most elite financial institution level. And each of those epidemics of fraud was produced by substantial, completely bipartisan, deregulation. "So every time we get this kumbaya moment when the Democrats and the Republicans start thinking good things about each other, you should hold your wallet, because it's a disaster." -William K. Black (and others) on the "Jumpstart Our Business Startups" (JOBS) bill passed 4/2/12, from: http://video.msnbc.msn.com/up-with-chris-hayes/46918459 - William Kurt Black (born 6 September 1951) is an American lawyer, academic, author, and a former bank regulator.[1] Black's expertise is in white-collar crime, public finance, regulation, and other topics in law and economics. He developed the concept of "control fraud", in which a business or national executive uses the entity he or she controls as a "weapon" to commit fraud. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_K._Black

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