In the 1980s, Dutch would sneer at the "Welfare Queens" — obese African-American (what else?) women — buying beer and cigarettes with food stamps (paid for by decent white taxpayers) and carrying their booty out of the store to their Cadillacs (also ill-gotten). The knuckle-dragging and drooling Righties would scream in outrage. Nearly thirty years later, the knuckledraggers and droolers are frothing at the mouth over ACORN. In the meantime, the real Welfare Queens are actually (Corporate) Welfare Kings and they have scammed more than beer and cigarettes from the System. Instead of ACORN, the howls should be directed at Goldman Sachs and the other recipients of $700B in WELFARE! Instead of ACORN, howl at the corporations that purchase life insurance policies in the names of employees ("Dead Peasant" policies) that pay the corporation, not the family, when that employee dies and the family is never the wiser. ACORN is peanuts and the Righty wackos are nuts. If this is (fair & balanced) fear and loathing, so be it.
This Modern World — "Today's Greatest Menace: ACORN!"
By Tom Tomorrow (Dan Perkins)
[Dan Perkins is an editorial cartoonist better known by the pen name "Tom Tomorrow". His weekly comic strip, "This Modern World," which comments on current events from a strong liberal perspective, appears regularly in approximately 150 papers across the U.S., as well as on Salon and Working for Change. The strip debuted in 1990 in SF Weekly.
Perkins, a long time resident of Brooklyn, New York, currently lives in Connecticut. He received the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Journalism in both 1998 and 2002.
When he is not working on projects related to his comic strip, Perkins writes a daily political weblog, also entitled "This Modern World," which he began in December 2001.]
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