The Trojans may have been wiped out, but they left us a very useful metaphor, didn’t they? Michael Ramirez, the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for Investors Business Daily, practically gallops away with the Trojan Horse … or something more appropriate:
As with all Ramirez cartoons, there are a lot of themes running through this. On the surface, Ramirez highlights the deceptive nature of the public plan in ObamaCare, helpfully highlighted by Obama’s own allies over the past couple of years. But Ramirez speaks to more than just the health-care debate; the entire populist agenda of Barack Obama and the Congressional Democrats is a Trojan horse for statism, whether it’s cap-and-trade, FOCA, Card Check, or any of the rest of the Democratic agenda for 2009-10. It’s all about breaching the defenses of liberty and having the government control our lives.
Ramirez has a terrific collection of his works: Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion, which covers the entire breadth of Ramirez’ career, and it gives a fascinating look at political history. Read my review here, and watch my interviews with Ramirez here and here. And don’t forget to check out the entire IBD site, while individual investors still exist.