Gas Prices

Grifter Recession


Republicans have spent the past three years or so worried about how much money Hunter Biden, the president’s son has made and where he’s made it. For the most part, all they have are conspiracy theories. They’ve been promoting a story about a supposed abandoned laptop of his while they can’t honestly say what’s on it that’s incriminating. They claim President Biden was in on the “corruption” as well despite the lack of any trails to it. They even complain about the money he made between 2017 and 2021, when Joe Biden wasn’t in office. But, they’re very quiet about Trump’s goon son-in-law Jared raking in $2 billion from the Saudis after his stint in Trump’s administration, where he spent most of his time cuddling with bone-saw aficionado Mohammed bin Salman.

Republicans claim that Hunter Biden never would have been put on the board of a Ukrainian gas company if he wasn’t the vice-president’s son, and they’re probably right. But, they ignore that Jared Kushner worked in the White House without any qualifications and actually took foreign bailouts for his businesses WHILE he was “serving” in the administration. It sounds like he only served himself.

Lately, Republicans have been leaving comments on my cartoons on this blog, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, etc, claiming Hillary Clinton and her campaign were fined for creating the “Russia hoax.” The truth is, the campaign was fined, not Hillary Clinton, and not for creating any hoax. The Clinton 2016 campaign was fined for how they labeled campaign expenses. They claimed the funds that paid for the Steele Dossier were “legal” expenses when they were not, though the payment did go to a law firm. It’s an issue of semantics. But as you can tell, Republicans don’t really care about the actual facts. For that matter, Republicans don’t actually care about corruption.

It’s like when they accuse Democrats of election fraud while Donald Trump is threatening Georgia’s secretary of state to “find him the votes.” Yeah, they don’t really care about lawbreaking either. Republicans only care about “who” is doing the wrongdoing.

All during the Trump administration, Donald Trump grifted. He grifted the taxpayers and violated the Emoluments Clause. He grifted foreign nations. He grifted his own supporters. Today, he’s still grifting taxpayers by living at his resorts (who do you think pays for his protective detail’s lodging?), but he’s mostly grifting his supporters. The thing is, his supporters are so sycophantic, that they’ll deny it while continuing to give him their money. They want punishment for sloppy accounting by the Clinton Campaign but they don’t want any accounting from Trump.

And they think by giving Donald Trump their money, that he’ll swoop in and end inflation, lower gas prices, and fix the markets and supply shortages, ignoring that Donald Trump is a huge part of why we’re where we are today.

First off, gas prices and supply chain shortages are international. President Joe Biden doesn’t control fuel prices in Sweden. The economy is still recovering from the pandemic that Donald Trump ignored. And gas prices keep climbing while oil companies are raking in record profits. Republicans aren’t asking the oil companies to sacrifice, are they?

Trump supporters think Donald Trump can fix it because in 2016 he said, “Only I can fix it.” But, fix what? Donald Trump has never fixed anything. Donald Trump destroys, He doesn’t create or repair. How many of his businesses have failed? Have you been to a Trump casino lately? He also inherited a booming economy created by President Barack Obama and guess what he did after that? He fucked it up.

When Donald Trump left office, he left with three million fewer jobs than when he came into office. Jimmy Carter didn’t do that. Trump left office with the worst job numbers since Herbert Hoover, who, like Donald Trump, is also rated as one of our worst presidents. You really have to be a cultist to want the guy back who created the worst economy since Herbert Hoover.

And you really have to be a sycophant to give Donald Trump money. I mean, who buys $15 straws? People who want straws with “MAGA” on them, that’s who. Spending $15 on straws that aren’t made from paper is really owning the libs. But guess what. This lib doesn’t care how you suck because you still suck.

Now, here’s the irony: Donald Trump is stealing money on the Big Lie the election was stolen. Naturally, Trump supporters are suckers for this. They’re the only ones who don’t see the irony.

In addition to proving Donald Trump and his cohorts tried to steal an election they knew they lost, the January 6 Committee has detailed how the Grifter-in-Chief used the lie to raise over $250 million from his MAGAts. Some say it’s closer to $400 million.

The $250 million Trump raised from his supporters was supposed to go into the “Official Election Defense Fund.” You may wanna sit down for this because it’s oh so not shocking at all, but the “Official Election Defense Fund” doesn’t exist. It’s like the Trump plan to replace Obamacare, or Trump’s infrastructure plan, or the promise he made not to play golf while president. Wait, I think that last one did exist but he wiped his ass with it.

No, there is no such thing as the “Official Election Defense Fund.” Instead of spending that money to defend the election Trump lost, or reinstate him, or whatever other bullshit they claimed to be fixing, the money went to Tump’s “Save America” super PAC, which was created shortly after the election. Committee member Zoe Lofgren has referred to it as the “big rip-off.”

Since the creation of Save America up until last April, the Super PAC has spent $4 million on Republican candidates’ campaigns. I don’t know if it’s worse that the money wasn’t supposed to go there or how greedy Trump has been with it.

New York State Attorney General Letitia James tweeted, “The new details revealed tonight related to January 6 are disturbing. It’s my duty to investigate allegations of fraud or potential misconduct in New York. This incident is no exception.” And it’s just one more incident. New York state has already dismantled Trump University and the Trump Foundation (a fake charity) for being outlets for Trump’s corruption. As Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen said, “Trump has made it very clear that he is grifting off of the American people.”

Lofgren pointed out, “If the litigation had stopped on Dec. 14, there would have been no fight to defend the election and no clear path to continue to raise millions of dollars.” The Big Lie isn’t just to steal an election and turn America into a fascist nation led by a Cheeto Potentate. It’s a money-raking scheme.

Supporters send Trump money to “defend” the election Trump knows he lost. They think that money is going into a defense fund that doesn’t actually exist, but instead goes into his Super PAC which then funnels the money into pro-Trump organizations which then spends much of it on Trump, Republican Party, and other assorted events hosted at…wait for it…Trump properties, where I’m sure they get really good rates for renting the convention rooms.

At one “Stop the Steal” rally funded by Turning Point Action, a pro-Trump group, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Don Jr’s girlfriend who’s probably best known as the screaming banshee from the 2020 GOP convention, was paid $60,000 for a three-minute speech introducing Don Jr. Turning Point is arguing that this money didn’t come from Trump’s fundraising, but from their own, while not explaining why they felt the need to give a screaming Republican banshee $60,000 for three minutes of ear-piercing banality.

Apparently, Trump corruption can be sexually transmitted.

If Donald Trump admits he lost the election or at least stops saying it was stolen, the money will stop coming in. I predict investigations into Trump’s corruption will continue through the next decade. I also think Trump corruption will continue throughout the next decade.

Music Note: I listened to Jackson Brown and Elton John while coloring this, which didn’t take very long.

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Gassy GOP


Here’s your cartoon for this week’s CNN Opinion newsletter. Please sign up to get these in your inbox every Sunday. 

We picked a good time to do a cartoon on gas prices as I didn’t see many if any, in relation to the war in Ukraine, before we published this on Sunday. But the very next day, I saw several.

Since then, this has been one of the leading stories from the war. Now President Biden has banned imports of Russian oil and Republicans are back to blaming him for increased gas prices.

Most cartoonists have now drawn a cartoon on gas prices in relation to the war. In fact, I’ve drawn two more since this cartoon. I even have more ideas on it which I should sit on for now.

Go read my editor’s column.

Oh yeah, the price in this cartoon was the national average on Sunday.

Music Note: While coloring this cartoon, I listened to Beck, Pete Droge, and since I was in the Petes, Pete Yorn.

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Gaslight By The Gallon


Republicans have spent the past two weeks demanding that President Joe Biden ban imports of Russian fuel into our nation. Now that he’s done so, they can now return to complaining about gas prices.

First off, if you’re in a vehicle that gets less than 20 miles per gallon, shut up. Large trucks, jeeps, and SUVs are about as necessary for most people as are assault rifles. You don’t need them. Trust me on this, your toxic masculinity will fit inside a Prius.

Oil prices are rising and they will continue to rise. A lot of Americans who are unable to see beyond our borders wonder why prices will increase because of this ban when Russian oil only accounted for three percent of U.S. consumption.

Oil prices are set worldwide, not just by one nation. It’s why you’re always hearing how a president can’t really affect prices at the pump. Prices are set by speculation, you know…guesses. The market makes a guess on how much oil there will be produced versus demand versus consumption and usually, the only thing that really changes is the price. After Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, oil prices went from $17 to $46 a barrel on speculation that the world’s oil supply would be impacted negatively. While production was hurt in Kuwait, worldwide supply and demand didn’t change much at all.

So, as the United States cuts off that three percent from Russia, it will seek to replace that three percent. Whether it’s from domestic production or imported, our replacing that three percent will take three percent away from someone else. That someone else will seek to replace the percentage they lost, and so on, and so on.

Conservatives will ask why we don’t just start producing more here in the U.S. New oil production doesn’t introduce new oil into the market overnight. It can take months to years. If there is produced oil stored that’s just sitting around, then that can be impactful overnight. That’s what Iran has because sanctions have limited who they can sell to. If we can make a deal with Iran, that’ll require us to ease sanctions, then that oil, even though it wouldn’t come here, would open up the markets. It could bring oil down. However, the Iran-nuclear agreement would have to be restored, and guess which nation is one of the partners in that. Yes, Russia.
Golly, I sure do wish I could remember who killed that deal because if he hadn’t, a lot of Iranian oil would be in the market today easing world oil prices.

If China decides to increase its imports of Russian oil, that would free up other oil-producing nations to export to places like Europe. It would affect the international market. It’s all just a bunch of oily dominoes.

But American conservatives are having difficulty understanding how the oil market, or anything else, works. It’s easier to scream and gaslight than to research and study. White House spokesperson Jen Psaki cleared a few things up a few days ago as Fox News reporter Peter Doocy kept pushing his network’s talking points. Jen said to Peter, “Peter, let me give you the facts here. I know that can be inconvenient, but I think they’re important in this moment.”

Doocy argued that gas prices were rising before Russia’s invasion, hence, all increases at the pump are President Biden’s fault. He’s conveniently ignoring that the prices were rising because of Putin’s impending invasion. Remember how he spent months surrounding Ukraine with his army? Also, what has President Biden done to raise gas prices internationally? Bueller? Bueller?

Conservatives like Doocy argue that the Biden administration is hostile to oil producers and that’s affected the market. Even the oil companies are accusing the Biden administration of preventing them from drilling and won’t give them more leases to drill in this nation. Psaki pointed out there are “9,000 approved drilling permits that are not being used, so the suggestion that we are not allowing companies to drill is inaccurate. I would suggest you ask the oil companies why they’re not using those if there’s a desire to drill more.”

The reason oil companies aren’t drilling on land where they currently hold leases is that they don’t want to spend that money to drill at this time.

There’s also the stupid argument of allowing the Keystone pipeline to deliver oil from Canada to waiting ships in the Gulf of Mexico, but that wouldn’t bring new oil to the international market (that oil is not for U.S. consumption) as that oil is already being sent to the gulf through other means, like trains. Psaki tried to explain this to Doocy but I’m not sure it stuck.

You could also ask the oil companies to kick in a little bit. In 2021 alone, Exxon Mobil, Shell, BP, and Chevron made a combined $75 billion in profits. Instead of investing that money in new drilling in this nation, where they hold 9,000 unused leases, they’re been using that money to buy back their own shares. While the oil industry says new leases from the Biden administration would magically introduce new oil to the market overnight and bring gas prices down, they also say they’re increasing production immediately by 160,000 barrels a day collectively—but warned we wouldn’t see that oil at the pump anytime soon.

This brings us back to weaning us off fossil fuels and doing more with renewable energy. Republicans will grumble that increasing that use now won’t be effective in the short run and would do nothing to ease current gas prices. But, we’ve been telling you this for years. Every time we get into one of these situations, you continue to argue it won’t help us at this moment. But maybe, I’m just spitballing here, we reduce our dependency on fossil fuels now so that next time we’re in one of these situations we won’t be in one of these situations.

We consume nearly 21 million barrels of oil a day. China and India, which both have larger populations than we do, consume 15 million a day combined. But in the near future, nobody is going to be consuming any oil because it’ll all be gone. What’ll it be like for the United States when it runs out of its crack? We are not preparing for this.

A study at Stanford University says the world will run out of oil by 2052. There are other studies with very similar estimates. So in about 30 years, bye-bye, oil. Ten years after that, natural gas will run out. Coal has until about 2090. These are non-renewable resources. For the conservatives reading this, I’m going to tell you what “non-renewable” means because you behave like you don’t know. It means it doesn’t renew.

Fossil fuels don’t renew. When it’s gone, it’s gone. We need to expand our use of renewable energy and wean ourselves off from being dependent on oil, natural gas, and coal.

America, your overcompensation is having us overconsuming.

Music Note: I mostly listened to Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” while drawing this.

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Blame Putin


This entire war is Vladimir Putin’s fault. It’s not the fault of Ukraine. It’s not the fault of NATO. It’s not the fault of Bananarama. And it’s not the fault of President Joe Biden. Yet, conservatives keep trying to latch on to a way to blame President Biden, and they keep coming up empty.

The first reason they have that it’s Biden’s fault is that Biden is president. I mean, it’s nice they’re acknowledging he’s the legitimate president, but that’s not a reason to blame him. You hear the goons say this never happened while Trump was president, which is true. But what would have happened if Trump had won reelection would have been the destruction of NATO, a North Korean invasion of South Korea, and Putin going on a larger land grab in Europe than just in Ukraine. For god’s sake, Trump was lobbying to get Putin back into the G7, which Obama had him removed from. The reason Putin didn’t invade Ukraine while Trump was president is that he didn’t have to.

They also say this happened because Biden is weak and Putin only respects strength. But how exactly is Biden weak? It’s Biden’s leadership that’s organized 99 percent of the world to unify and sanction Putin, his cronies, and Russia. Biden has crippled Russia’s economy.

If Biden’s weak on Putin, then what the hell was Trump to Putin? Biden has been tough and has issued criticism on him repeatedly. Trump has NEVER said a bad word about Putin. In fact, when other people say bad things about Putin, Trump defends him. Trump defended Putin when Bill O’Reilly called him a “murderer.” Trump defended Putin when our government says he meddled in our election. While standing next to Putin, Trump took his side over American intelligence’s accusation that Putin tampered with our election. Right before this war began, Trump called Putin a “genius.” Trump has yet to say one bad thing about Putin since this war began nearly two weeks ago. Donald Trump even tried to give Vladimir Putin a free penthouse back in 2016.
The goons may be right in that Putin doesn’t respect weakness as he never respected Trump.

Some Republicans say Biden hasn’t done enough for Ukraine, yet Biden has increased military weaponry to that nation without ever holding it up in a quid-pro-quo for political dirt on an opponent. Unlike Donald Trump, President Biden has not extorted President Volodymyr Zelensky.

My question to the president’s critics is: What would you have done better? What would Trump have done better? What wrong move has Biden taken? You can’t point out anything that would improve this situation. Oh, you would ban Russian oil from being imported into the United States? Sure, and right after that, you’d blame President Biden for increased gas prices, which is actually an international problem.

When you claim Vladimir Putin would have behaved differently if Trump was in office at this time, how do you know? When did you become experts on Vladimir Putin? There are diplomats and foreign policy experts who’ve been studying Putin for decades who can’t tell you what he’s going to do next. Putin can’t tell you what Putin is going to do next. But I know what Trump would have done. Trump would give Putin everything he’s ever asked for.

Vladimir Putin is a liar. He’s not a man of his word. He doesn’t have any clue what he’s doing. He’s not even sure what his objective is. And after years of being accused of being savvy, smart, manipulative, and a genius, we’ve discovered over the span of less than two weeks that Vladimir Putin is a worse military strategist than Saddam Hussein.

Vladimir Putin is also a murderer and a war criminal. This is an unprovoked attack on a sovereign nation. This war has killed thousands of innocent civilians, including children. He’s targetting civilians intentionally. He’s destroying Ukraine for his ego and to save face. And you want to blame someone else?

The blame here lies entirely on Vladimir Putin. Don’t you dare take that away from him.

Music Note: My random player started on Eddie Money and I just let it keep rolling for a while. An Eddie Money/Heart concert was my very first one if you don’t count the times my mother took me as a child to see an Elvis impersonator or Charlie Pride.

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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