The Cartoonist Studio Editorial Cartoon Contest continues and I made it to week FIVE! Thanks to all for voting. Click the image above or here to go to the voting. You should do a search of “Bearman” and my cartoon will come up front and center and then vote. Some people were clicking the link and then accidentally voting on the first thing that popped up. Unfortunately no way to direct link to my cartoon. Again, as long as I stay in the contest, there will be two editorial cartoons a week to vote on – Mondays and Thursdays. Oh and you can vote multiple times in each round if you want (resets every six hours) until EOD Sunday.
Today’s editorial cartoon is inspired once again by Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Don’t know if the Maury Povich show is shown outside the United States but he has a daytime show in the U.S. that can’t be missed when you are home sick from work. What Jerry Springer is to fighting and getting naked on his show, Maury Povich is the king of Paternity tests. Deadbeat dad after deadbeat dad come onto the show swearing they never even slept with the mother of a baby in question. Maury’s typical phrase is something like, “When it comes to baby Jessica….George Ford, you ARE THE FATHER!”, causing the “new” dad to be in shock and the baby’s mom to stand up pointing in his face telling him “I told you so, I told you so”
It came to me this week that Mitt Romney is a dad trying not to claim his responsibility for Obamacare. When then Governor Romney was in office in Massachusetts he passed almost the exact same program that Obamacare is based on. And yet throughout the Republican debates, he only would say what works in Massachusetts wouldn’t work for the rest of the country. Now he is promising to get rid of Obamacare if elected. Instead, I would prefer him say, “Sure I passed this. Here is what was right about it, and here is what is wrong. And THIS is what I will change to make it better for everyone.” If anyone has heard him say it, please link me to the article. Would love to eat my words on this one.
It’ll never happen–politicians are among the most arrogant people in the world.
And Maury Povich is no better than Jerry Springer, in my opinion.
But they are both great for making you feel better about your own life.
There will be crickets in the inbox while you wait on that article, Bearman…
My understanding is that Romney vetoed eight significant provisions in the legislation. The state legislature overrode all eight. I can’t tell you what the provisions were though. I think unlike Ocare, the worst penalty for having insurance is the loss of a 219 dollar personal exemption on your state taxes. I don’t usually use Wikipedia as a reference, but you can look at it if you want. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massachusetts_health_care_reform
I really don’t know that Romney was really for the legislation. He was governor and the legislature passed the law. He could veto the whole thing or veto parts he was opposed to. Either way, he would have been overridden. His big mistake was saying he for any part of it. If he was for it, then the toon fits.
Great round up Mike. I use Wikipedia all the time. Even if I am wrong, the other side typically is too lazy to look it up..haha
That’s the thing. He could have veto’d it. Yet now he thinks the entire program should be gone. That is what I have a problem with. Don’t take credit for something (He has said it was right for Mass) and then say it shouldn’t be extended because it is not right for the country. Give me an alternative is all I am asking for.
That should have read – not having insurance – sorry.
I took the time to read through Mitts explanation of #RomneyCare from his site and it is pretty accurate about his involvement in passing universal healthcare in MA while he was governor. I also agree with the argument that what works in one state is not always a national model. NH has no sales or income tax… imagine THAT as a national rule of law! This country would be so broke, so fast. It works in NH because NH is a small, wealthy state with little poverty and little need to fund public programs. If you don’t have programs for the poor, they dont come and live in your state. [blinks]
What IS disappointing me about Mitt is that he wont admit he does support universal healthcare, he’s only using the unpopularity of it as a catalyst to undermine its value… something he was an architect in designing. He needs to take responsibility for the fact that Obamacare is Romneycare and simply talk to Americans about what aspects would work nationally vs his model in MA and not act as if Sarah Palins portrait of death panels are even remotely true. The GOP scared Americans outside of New England who are well acquainted with how it works and its why Romney is currently losing NH in the polls by 9-12%… he LIVES here and we know his hip boots arent high enough for the sh*t piling up on this subject.
I am affected by Romneycare as my employer is based in MA and I have had no change in care, or cost increases because of it. I still choose my doctors and am still seen as quickly as the issue I have demands it. The sh*t about losing your quality of care is brought on by lying liars who lie! Mitt would have to call out the GOP for misinforming the public and how can he do that on their ticket?
Well it would be interesting to know how doctors in MA feel? Is there an influx or outflux of doctors under Romneycare?? I have heard several doc here who were against it.
I agree. Romney is going to fall on his face if he tries to abolish everything. Tell the people what is good and what is bad and work that.
Outflux of doctors? MA is considered the bedrock of healthcare on an international scale and from the discussions I’ve had, doctors arent disgruntled with RomneyCare from the patient standpoint, what still frustrates them is that whether its RomneyCare or ObamaCare, neither address costs for care from the perspective of insurance companies [premiums], big pharma and medical equipment. We dont have a shortage of doctors here. Its still a flawed system, but it at least gets people onto the coverage rolls and hospitals dont run so far into the red w/ uninsured costs.
Well with all these benefits, Obama has done the worst job in the world expressing them in a way that people get.
Maury is alive and kicking in OZ. There is one girl that constantly returns to the show because every man tested “is not the father”. I think she is on the 6th gu
And right now, the 7th guy is on her.
I’ll be here all day, folks. Enjoy the rest of the show, the free drinks, but please be sure to put Bearman’s furniture back the way it was. Over at my house. I’ve needed a Lazy Susan for the longest time, but the air keeps escaping from her.
In your house, you ARE the lazy susan.
No. I’m the love seat.
Do they call you Doctor Love?
Oh I have seen her. I think she is just calling guys off the street now just so she gets a free trip to wherever Maury tapes.
I knew George Ford was the father! 🙂
Maury, If I remember correctly, started off as a fairly decent show. It was 21 years ago, and I was only a new teenager, so maybe I didn’t have very good judgement.
If most of us didn’t have such short attention spans, then these politicians couldn’t get away with lying all the time.
No, Mel, I’m the farther. The more I hear about that baby, the “farther” I go in the opposite direction. I’m such a stinker, ain’t I?
I remember watching the first Jerry Springer show where he said it was going to be a different kind of show with more intellectual topics. He wanted to be Oprah but ended up being Ricki Lake.
Don’t they all say that?
I guess no one really wants to see peaceful resolutions, they want want drama and intrigue. Maybe Dr. Phil and Tyra Banks would still be on if their guests three a few chairs around the audience. 🙂
Dr Phil is off the air???
What?!! I won’t da only one knockin’ da bottom outta Jessica’s @$$! She been around da block mo’ than da ice cream man, nah’mean? Kid don’t e’en look like me! He look mo’ like Jose from the fiff floor. It got that milk mustache-thing goin’ on jus’ like that dude. All I know is, I demand a recount or sumthin’! It ain’t fair, givin’ me no patermoney…patturni…”baby-daddy test”, ya know what I’m sayin’?
But on a lighter, more appreciative note, you did a swell job rendering Maury in this one. I hope our friends outside the confines of the U.S. will appreciate this pop culture joke. I caught hell a few weeks ago when I referenced Maury in one of Lloyd’s doctor-visit comics. No one besides me and Nate knew of him. 🙂
That is interesting George. I probably put way to many pop-culture references in my comics. I wonder how many people get them.
It is funny to listen to Simpsons writers commentaries where they put in a reference to something that was a huge hit or topic of discussion at the time (like pogs) that is completely out of the pop-culture conscious just a couple years later.
Uh…George, Jessica is the BABY!!!
I knew exactly who he was. You and I grew up together. You need to appeal to an older audience obviously.
Christina, George is the king of obscure 80’s references so he is used to a limited group of us understanding his humor.
Seth McFarlane’s got nothing on me!!! He uses the same pop-culture jokes i would have if I had a TV show. My son loves those shows, but doesn’t get hardly any of the jokes except for the slapstick ones.
That is what you are there for…to teach your son.
My son could care less about The Greatest American Hero, The Great Space Coaster, Tina Yothers, nor Judge Wapner. My daughter had no clue what Napster was and my son thought Dick Clark was an erotic timepiece.
Or a more well-rounded one.
All of the 8 babies are named Jessica, Jr. after their mother. If you’re wondering how do they know which one of them their mom is talking to, mom just calls them by their last names.
hahah. Why do I have a feeling that is going to come up as a joke in a future AC comic.
That was a freebie. I’m “on” 24/7, that’s why I can do a daily comic strip. Do you realize how irritating it would be to live with someone like me who is always in character? I tell jokes in my sleep.
I’m lucky my wife still likes me. And moms like Kix for what Kix has got.
I always hated Kix
To be honest, I’v never tasted Kix. Also, my biggest regret in life is that, regardless of media push of having Mikey around, I’v never tried a bowl of Life cereal. I was so sheltered in the sanitarium.
Another nasty cereal
Great cartoon! That is an excellent Maury caricature.
‘George Ford, you ARE THE FATHER’
*shakes head in embarrassed confusion*
Cute baby! ;`) Do I see a bit of green fuzz on it’s head?
Don’t try to pin that thing on me.
You created that thing, sir. ;`)
I mean the DNA part
See I was right yesterday.
Yes you were…but I made you look.
I always look. I’m just a curious person.
Mitt Romney for President. Bwahahahahahaha. Love this cartoon.
Have a terrific day. 🙂
What would happen if the political spin artists/consultants were all replaced with cartoonists? Really this is complex issue and they should not try to simplify it with a black and white approach.
If that happened we would be in worse shape. Cartoonists would be too busy trying to show each other up.
Isn’t that what the entertainment industry, oh, wait, I mean the new media does?
Excellent work on the cartoon, bearman!
God DAMN, that is one freakish baby!
Figured the Obamacare baby shouldn’t look normal
That’s one big baby… I think he’d have to strap it to the roof of his car!
Where is the room for the other 3 kids then?
That’s what trunks are for.
With the size of that baby it looks more like it could be Arnold Schwarzenegger’s
Obamacare is one big baby
When are you going to do a political cartoon on something people care about, like chocolate?
I could do something about how they use slave labor to harvest the chocolate but I don’t want to depress you.
That’s why I buy all my chocolate from the chocolate elves of Wombania.
good work on Maury. I wish he would do the same thing… if it is there, don’t just throw it away, make it better. It at least keeps something in place until it can get fixed.
Roland long time no see. Hope all is well.
Looks just like him, too!
Thanks. Wait, which him?
I agree your answer is the best choice. I can’t believe that he is blatantly ignoring the facts.
How come you were never my teacher in school who was agreeable that I was always right.
great minds think alike, and I don’t always agree with you, lol
That kid will never make it.
Well he probably will eat his parents out of house and home.
Only if he eats the healthy lunches in public school.
Like all babies, that one is going to cost a fortune.
Watch your mouth! haha