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That Poor Dollar!

 Here's my cartoon for today, with Mao on the 100 Yuan note slugging George Washington.  The poor dollar takes a lot of abuse in cartoons.

 My buddy, Luo Jie, who draws for the government owned "China Daily" national newspaper in China, sees the dollar as the threat...

Another Chinese cartoonist, Jianping Fan from Guangzhou, sees  dollars as Obama’s garbage.

As I see it, dollars are something bitter for the Chinese to swallow...

I can see why China might be upset...

Around the world, Americans are cowboys, as with this world dollar cartoon by Hajo from Holland.

Romanian cartoonist, Pavel Constantin, shows a poor Washington on the lam...

George Washington has been beaten, burned, drowned, squashed ... between George and the dove of peace, it is hard to imagine a character who has been more abused in editorial cartoons.

I counted about a dozen examples of Washington under water, from other cartoonists, after I drew this one...

 Mexican cartoonist, Angel Boligan, sees the dollar as the Titanic...

 Manny Francisco, a Filipino cartoonist working in Singapore, shows George Washington in hard times...

Here's the same sentiment from French cartoonist, Frederick Deligne...

Canadian cartoonist, Thomas Boldt sees the dollar reduced to mere Monopoly money...

Brazilian cartoonist, Simanca sees some lunchtime envy between the dollar and Euro.

 A billion dollars in paper bills would probably fill a football stadium.  The scale of spending and deficits is so huge that there is little for cartoonists to exaggerate.  If Obama threw money away at only the rate of cash flowing through a fire hose, we'd have spending under control.

 The problem with drawing dollar bills stretching from the Earth to the moon a few times over is that it makes for a dull cartoon.  Fill the Grand Canyon with dollars?  Dull. 

When fiscal reality becomes a cartoon, there isn't much left for us cartoonists to do - except abuse poor George Washington.