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5 Captions for Your Next Town Hall | Capitol Quip

5 Captions for Your Next Town Hall | Capitol Quip

The five finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your votes.

Using the comments section below, vote for your favorite caption until 5 p.m. EDT Thursday.

Here are this week’s finalists:

  • It’s great to finally meet the person who approves of my work in Congress. Glad you could make it, Mom.
  • For my next answer, I will need you to raise your other hand to ensure no recording devices are present.
  • Yes, do you have an approved question I can answer with one of my canned responses?
  • I only have time for one more question …
  • What would you like to talk about — motherhood or apple pie?

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog Aug. 25. The contest winner will receive a signed color print of his or her Capitol Quip cartoon from the cartoonist, R.J. Matson.

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  • The Spirit of the Laws

    Today’s liberalism is no different than its marxist, socialist, and communist ancestors.

  • Liberty: Minimized Coercion

    The seductive nature of our latent instincts is exploited relentlessly by those who oppose liberty and understand the power of the instincts and emotions to which they appeal.

    • Zach

      No, see, caption contests are supposed to be funny. Like, ha-ha funny, not, “who let this guy in the party?” funny.

      • Liberty: Minimized Coercion

        I thought it was a decent point. At least something to think about.

        • Zach

          Try not to take a caption contest so seriously. You’re allowed to give yourself some free time for humor now and then.

          • Liberty: Minimized Coercion

            Certainly, today’s liberalism is juvenile nonsense. There’s no question about that.

          • Zach

            In the narrative you’re being fed, sure. Start learning stuff for yourself and things look different.

          • Liberty: Minimized Coercion

            I understand your frustration.

            Liberty and free markets free us from the shackles of collective agreement that bound bands of our ancestors to their primitive instincts.

          • Zach

            The problem is, if the markets get too free – say, if a law like Glass-Steagall gets repealed – you end up in recessions. Now, you may say that’s the peril of the free market – I say that, if we have a way to avoid that, we ought to use it.

          • Liberty: Minimized Coercion

            That’s not true.

            The laissez-faire period between the end of the Civil War and the first decade of the 20th century was one of the most prosperous in American history. If not the most prosperous.

            Conversely, if central planning were indeed the key element of economic prosperity, the Soviet Union would be the world’s leading superpower.

          • Zach

            And the push towards deregulation in the late 1990s-2000s led to the Great Recession – if it didn’t cause it, which, to be fair, is a topic of debate, it certainly exacerbated it. (The idea that other culprits we hear about, like rising pay for government employees or the federal deficit, was the cause of that just doesn’t make nearly as much sense.) The decades from the 1930s to 1970s, meanwhile, saw far fewer “bubbles” than we’ve seen in more recent decades. Most of FDR’s regulations were still in place then.

            The Soviet Union, meanwhile, failed because their government never actually tried to develop their own country. A lot of factors played into their demise, but the fact is, their central planning wasn’t done well. Am I saying that’s the path we ought to take? No. Am I saying we should stay hands-off completely? Definitely not. As is often the case, the right answer lies somewhere in the middle.

          • Liberty: Minimized Coercion

            You seem a bit unfamiliar with the basic conclusions that arise naturally drawn from the ideology of marxian socialism.

            I’ve found Igor Shafarevich’s Socialism in Our Past and Future to be a useful introduction to the topic; it’s available online, here:

            http://www.savageleft.com/poli/hoc.html

          • Zach

            Here’s what I do know: Generally speaking, anyone who uses Marxism, socialism, or any combination/variation of the two on an online comment thread isn’t worth listening to on much of anything. And so it is here.

  • A. Writer

    What would you like to talk about — motherhood or apple pie?

  • MarqusW

    It’s great to finally meet the person who approves of my work in Congress. Glad you could make it, Mom.

  • Delanne

    I only have time for one more question

  • Lauryn

    I only have time for one more question …

  • Roberta

    It’s great to finally meet the person who approves of my work in Congress. Glad you could make it, Mom

  • Betsy Beckwith

    I only have time for one more question is the best!

  • jlee

    Yes, do you have an approved question I can answer with one of my canned responses?

  • A. Writer

    It’s pretty clear that using this “comments” system to list votes for finalist quotes is not working. People seem to think it is a place to comment upon the message of the cartoon, which is supposed to be funny instead of serious. It would probably be better for the cartoonist/editor to just pick a winning caption and possibly some honorable mentions.

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