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Abusing the California Bear

Our California flag is a gift to editorial cartoonists. The poor bear on the flag has become a personal character for me, suffering every imaginable abuse as a metaphor for our dysfunctional and bankrupt government. I've started to feel sorry for the poor bear. Here he is in the hospital, in my latest cartoon.

 

Our outgoing governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has called a special session of the legislature to deal with our fiscal emergency, with California's deficit ballooning to over 25 billion dollars. We don't know where the money will come from ...

 

No one but the governor seems to think the legislature will do anything about the problem. Each year the legislature "papers over" the problem, like this ...

 

... the legislature simply won't face reality ...

 

... and our beloved bear continues to drown in a sea of red ink ...

 

...leaving us all feeling like this ...

 

... and this ...

 

... and this ...

 

... we all have our own way of facing up to the ugly, fiscal reality.