Martha Randolph Carr Martha Randolph Carr, 10/9/2008 [Archive]

Martha's Big Adventure - Hurray for Sheriff Dart

Martha's Big Adventure -- Hurray for Sheriff Dart

By Martha Randolph Carr

Common sense is alive and well in Cook County, Illinois in the embodiment of Sheriff Thomas J. Dart who has refused to evict any more bodies until he is sure the banks know what they're doing. At long last, someone who is looking out for the bottom of the food chain, the lowly taxpayer who usually gets the pleasure of footing the bill while getting tossed on the street.

Just like so many other locales across America, Cook County was setting a new record for evictions, often of up-to-date renters who had no idea their landlord had fallen behind on mortgage payments. No matter, says the local bankers association, these people need to be out on their collective ears or Dart can be found in contempt.

Let's all overlook what the banks did by lending money to these landlords and countless others who didn't have to show whether or not they had a job much less good credit of any kind. Or that they then bundled all of that toxic debt into a nice little investment bomb set to blow up just when millions of older Americans' retirement fund was right where they had worked all of their lives to get it to. The money which had been just enough to retire comfortably at 70 or 75 years old, but not enough to take an extravagant weekend at a spa just outside of Los Angeles. That would be the head honchos at AIG this past week who headed off with some of the $85 billion dollar federal bailout money they received the week before. Did I mention the tab came to half a million taxpayer dollars for massage and golf?

Or how about Lehman that tried to push millions more in bonus checks toward their executives as the company was hurtling toward bankruptcy, taking even more average Americans' small portfolios with them. Small in comparison to the $24 million that the failed CEO's of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac took home as their companies were seized. Or the shuttered Washington Mutual's CEO, Kerry Killinger who has a golden parachute of $44 million. The portfolios that no one is attempting to bail out had far fewer zeros and were only going to be used to pay for prescriptions or the light bill or the tab at the grocery store. That would be the average voter.

Let's all continue to be good little citizens and overlook all of that. Instead, the good bankers of Cook County say enough is enough, let's take it out on Sheriff Dart for actually using some common sense.

No wonder they were confused. It's been so long since anyone bothered to think for themselves and then have the courage to do the right thing that many people have forgotten what it looked like. Sheriff Dart, who is living on a public servant salary in an era when state officials are sending up distress signals saying they may not be able to consistently pay public servants, did the right thing and without holding his hand out to Washington.

For all of you who have been wondering if we will survive this mess that pampered thieves concocted who are still looking for ways to party hardy, Sheriff Dart is your ray of hope. Show your support and let the Cook Count Sheriff's office know that we're not quite as na´ve as our previous inaction has lead everyone to believe. Whether you're in Oregon or Virginia or upstate New York, write to: Cook County Sheriff's Office, Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington, Room 704, Chicago, IL 60602 or email at sheriff@cookcountysheriff.org and let them know we get it. At long last we understand that we left the crooks in charge but we're here to take what's left of our country back and we're not going to go quietly anymore. More adventures to follow.

Martha Randolph Carr's latest book, A Place to Call Home, a memoir about the reemergence of U.S. orphanages is available wherever books are sold. If you'd like Martha to come and speak to your group visit: www.newvoicespeakers.com. Martha's Big Adventure coming soon to World Talk Radio and Voice America. Email Martha at: Martha@caglecartoons.com or visit www.martharandolphcarr.com.

© 2008 Martha Randolph Carr. Martha's column is distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons Inc. newspaper syndicate. For info call Sales at (805) 969-2829 or email Sales@cagle.com. Download Martha Randolph Carr's black and white mug shot photo.

Download Martha Randolph Carr's color photo - Download Martha Randolph Carr's black and white mug shot photo
Why not run a cartoon with the column? We recommend the cartoons below as a good compliment to Martha Randolph Carr's topic.
Click on the thumbnail images to preview and download the cartoons.

Related Cartoons

Home Prices Pinch COLOR
By: Nate Beeler

July 25, 2008

Home Prices Pinch
By: Nate Beeler

July 25, 2008

Nest Egg
By: Adam Zyglis

October 8, 2008

Bail out COLOR
By: David Fitzsimmons

September 22, 2008

Bail out
By: David Fitzsimmons

September 22, 2008

Self- destructive bank behavior
By: Monte Wolverton
Cagle Cartoons
July 20, 2008

self- destructive bank behavior COLOR
By: Monte Wolverton
Cagle Cartoons
July 20, 2008

Direction
By: Eric Allie

October 9, 2008

Direction COLOR
By: Eric Allie

October 9, 2008
 

We do not accept and will not review unsolicited submissions from cartoonists.
Sales & Information: (805) 969-2829 sales@cagle.com
Billing Information: (805) 969-2829billing@cagle.com
Technical Support: support@cagle.com

FREE cartoons for your website if you're already a paying print subscriber!
Artwork and columns are copyrighted by each creator. All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited. [Privacy Policy]