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Editorial cartoons: Riffing on Hu Jintao's visit, the irony of MLK Day and the inhumanity of repealing Obamacare

Cartoonists made short work of the holiday week. Tom Toles' GOP surgeon tried to short-circuit healthcare reform. What a cutup. Rob Rogers' candle-lit state dinner shortchanged the guest of honor. Hardly a happy meal. And my short-range calendar highlighted no shortage of issues that surely would have dismayed the holiday's honoree. I guess nonviolence, tolerance and unity have always gotten short shrift.

-- Joel Pett


Editorial cartoon by Rob Rogers / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist at the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky. His cartoons also appear in USA Today.


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Mitchell Young

Pett puts on his calendar 'minority jobless day' and 'blame immigrants day'. I wonder if it has ever occurred to him that perhaps 'minorities' are hurt by large scale immigration. 'Minorities' tend to have skill sets closer to those of the bulk of immigrants (legal and illegal), and thus face more direct competition to land a job in the first place. Even if they get jobs are seeing their wages lowered because of large-scale immigration. Even hard-core immigration enthusiast economists, such as UC Davis's Giovanni Peri, admit this.

Mass immigration is a policy, it has consequences -- winners and losers. Of course, when you are 'on the side of the angels' as I am sure liberal editorial cartoonists fancy themselves to be, facts can get in the way of a feel-good narrative.



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