HERBLOCK_POLITICAL_CARTOONS + 2000   15

Jump Start - JPG
The Gore campaign had dropped in the polls when the addition of Senator Joseph Lieberman as Gore's running mate garnered media attention and gave his campaign a boost.
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september 2010 by HERBLOCK_POLITICAL_CARTOONS
"Dick and Dad will tell me all I need to know" - JPG
On July 25, 2000, Republican presidential hopeful George W. Bush selected Richard "Dick" Cheney as his running mate for vice president because of Cheney's broad political experience ranging from White House chief of staff to Defense secretary. Cheney's expertise and maturity was sought to dispel questions about Bush's relative inexperience, particularly in foreign policy. But Bush's selection of Cheney revived questions about the younger Bush's independence from his father's legacy and whether he won the nomination on the basis of his own strengths.
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september 2010 by HERBLOCK_POLITICAL_CARTOONS
"I made my decision after listening to ..." - JPG
Many voters had felt enthusiasm for such candidates as Democrat Bill Bradley and Republican John McCain. But by mid-summer, George W. Bush and Al Gore solidified their hold on the major party presidential nominations if not the voters themselves. In this cartoon, Herb Block shows two voters who are turned off by listening to a speech by their candidate.
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september 2010 by HERBLOCK_POLITICAL_CARTOONS
Blaze Congress, Stripper - JPG
On June 29, 2000, the Senate approved a House measure to force the disclosure of contributions and expenditures used by so-called "Section 527 Stealth Police Action Committees" to influence elections. The new law stipulated that Section 527 groups must register with the IRS, providing a modest measure of disclosure. Herb Block was not impressed by this limited effort to curb some secrecy in campaign finance and continued to believe that congressional big-money politics was not baring much of anything.
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september 2010 by HERBLOCK_POLITICAL_CARTOONS
Hare and Tortoise 2000 - JPG
Aesop's fable about the tortoise and the hare became a metaphor for the 2000 pre-convention presidential campaign. Although faster, Al Gore, the hare, seemed to bounce around, while George W. Bush, the tortoise, wheeled steadily ahead. A Bush lead in the polls dropped after Gore's appearance at the midsummer Democratic Convention.
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september 2010 by HERBLOCK_POLITICAL_CARTOONS
"It's still a representative form of government -- they represent us" - JPG
The unlimited "soft money" raised by national party organizations can be spent on advertisements that skirt the campaign finance reforms brought on by the excess of the Watergate era. Herb Block has consistently pointed out that the skyrocketing campaign contributions and expenditures threaten "government by the people and for the people." As for "free speech" arguments, he says "that there is nothing free about sales of public office to high bidders, who buy and pay for elections and influence."
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september 2010 by HERBLOCK_POLITICAL_CARTOONS
"‘A house divided' -- 'Preserve the Union' -- when does he get to the important thing -- telling us all about his personal religion?" - JPG
Personal religion has become a central issue during the 2000 presidential campaign, as most candidates have announced their religion and their beliefs. In this cartoon, Herb Block contrasts today's candidates with Abraham Lincoln, a man who could quote the Bible, but who kept his religious preferences to himself.
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september 2010 by HERBLOCK_POLITICAL_CARTOONS
Greatest Country on Earth - JPG
With the only superpower on earth enjoying record prosperity, Herb Block offers in this recent work some reminders of unfinished business and non-business.
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september 2010 by HERBLOCK_POLITICAL_CARTOONS
"This must be that strange creature they mentioned in history class" - JPG
By January 2000, the stock market had experienced twelve years of almost unprecedented growth, an extended "bull" market, leading many to forget that the law of gravity had not been repealed for stock purchases. New investors had taken advantage of the boom in Internet technology to trade on their own, and the lifetime experiences of many investors, which did not go back to days of financial recessions, left them unprepared for the steep sell-off of stocks in April 2000.
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september 2010 by HERBLOCK_POLITICAL_CARTOONS
"Put this on -- You're obviously not covered by the First Amendment" - JPG
On March 29, 2000, the Supreme Court upheld an Erie, Pennsylvania, ordinance that required nude dancers to wear pasties and G-strings. The Court maintained that nude dancing did not fall within the free speech protection of the First Amendment.
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september 2010 by HERBLOCK_POLITICAL_CARTOONS
"Just gunsmoke -- For a moment I thought somebody somewhere might be burning a flag" - JPG
Congress tried to make flag burning a crime while still refusing to pass legislation limiting the purchase of guns. In March 2000, the Senate once more considered a constitutional amendment, previously endorsed by President Bush, that would have banned "desecration of the flag," but once more fell just short of the necessary two-thirds vote.
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september 2010 by HERBLOCK_POLITICAL_CARTOONS
"I don't know where your socks are, and if you keep coming in here with that cigar I'm going to call OSHA" - JPG
In January 2000 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration advisory made companies responsible for the health and safety of employees working from home. On January 5, the day the cartoon appeared, Alexis Herman, the Department of Labor Secretary, rescinded the advisory that had caused confusion among employers about what oversight they would be expected to provide for their telecommuting employees.
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september 2010 by HERBLOCK_POLITICAL_CARTOONS
“Our CEO Is a Genius—He Laid Off a Thousand $10,000-A-Year-Employees and Increased His Salary Another 10 Million” - JPG
Herblock uses sarcasm to expose corporate practices of laying off employees and reducing their benefits without decreasing executive salaries to remain profitable. In April 2000, as stock prices began to fall, the unscrupulous accounting practices of Enron, HealthSouth, Xerox, WorldCom, and other corporations were exposed. Top executives retained their extraordinary salaries, while firing workers. Other employees lost thousands of dollars in stock options and pension income.
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september 2010 by HERBLOCK_POLITICAL_CARTOONS
Getaway Car - JPG
When the U.S. Supreme Court voted five to four to stop the recount of disputed ballots cast in the 2000 presidential election, it overturned the Florida Supreme Court’s earlier ruling for the recount, ensuring the election of George W. Bush. Herblock captured many voters’ outrage in his visual analogy showing a Supreme Court getaway car stealing the popular vote from a humble polling place. Although Democratic candidate Al Gore narrowly won the popular vote, he lost the electoral vote. He graciously conceded to Bush, but many voters felt betrayed.
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september 2010 by HERBLOCK_POLITICAL_CARTOONS
“Creationism or Evolution? That’s Up to the States” - JPG
During the 2000 presidential campaign, George W. Bush famously stated that it was up to the states to decide policies about teaching creationism and evolution but that both ought to be taught. In Herblock’s series of panels, Bush explains his positions on contentious issues. Regarding creationism or evolution and rigged primaries, for example, he opts for state officials to decide. Noted for the high rate of executions during his two terms as governor of Texas, Bush, nonetheless says he would leave executions “Up to the executioners and the executed.” This and his preceding statements build to the irony of his final words, that the people need him—“A Real Leader.”
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september 2010 by HERBLOCK_POLITICAL_CARTOONS

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