Ed Stein

Ed Stein
Denver, Colorado, USA
November 22
Former editorial cartoonist for the Rocky Mountain News. Creator of Freshly Squeezed, a comic strip about family togetherness after the economic collapse, syndicated by Universal Uclick


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Editor’s Pick
DECEMBER 21, 2011 2:49PM

The Dummy

If I liked anything about John Boehner I’d be tempted to feel sorry for him. He has wanted on a number of occasions to make a deal with President Obama–on the debt ceiling, on unemployment insurance, on taxes–and every time he thought he had one the Tea Party balked. He… Read full post »

DECEMBER 15, 2011 10:35AM

Voter’s Block

I’m delighted to hear that the Justice Department is taking on efforts by many states to suppress the vote in the next election. Since the 2010 election, in which Republicans gained control of a number of statehouses and governorships,  a dozen or more states have come up new voting r… Read full post »

DECEMBER 14, 2011 3:14PM

Remote Control

The downed drone in Iran is one of those godsends to cartoonists–you can do so much with it. Our increasing reliance on remotely-controlled unmanned weapons has its plusses and minuses. Fewer troops are put in harm’s way, but at the same time it’s much too easy to destroy ha… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
DECEMBER 8, 2011 10:20AM

Wish list

Now that Herman (The Herminator) Cain has pulled out of the race, the newest not-Mitt Republican voters favor is the second coming (or is it the third, or fourth?) of Newt Gingrich, he of the plentiful baggage. In case you’ve forgotten–and we Americans have such short attention sp… Read full post »

DECEMBER 7, 2011 3:24PM

By the Chimney With Care

I couldn’t resist this one. After seeing ads for expensive new cars with big gift bows on top, diamond necklaces and fancy winter vacations, I started wondering what the average American will be getting from Santa this year. With so many unemployed, so many forced out of their homes, so… Read full post »

DECEMBER 1, 2011 7:08PM

Out of Reach

Education Secretary Arne Duncan called for colleges and universities to begin addressing the escalating cost of higher education. It’s about time. The cost of a college degree, even at state-supported universities, has for decades grown faster than inflation, and is becoming unaffordabl… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
NOVEMBER 30, 2011 5:49PM

Buyer’s Remorse

Or should the title be “Damaged Goods?” The Republicans seemingly fall in love with a new candidate every month, only to discard him/her as son as they get to know him/her better. The latest casualty is Herman Cain, whose serial sexual harassments, and apparently, adulteries, have… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
NOVEMBER 17, 2011 5:50PM


I normally don’t like to draw cartoons like this. I’m usually a stickler for at least explaining why I don’t care for a politician or a party or a political idea in a cartoon rather than just ridiculing him/her/it. But, after watching a series of debates between the laughabl… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 16, 2011 2:42PM

Power Outage

It appears that the supercommittee isn’t any more super than the weak-kneed Congress that created it in the first place.  With the deadline fast approaching for the group of twelve to agree on how to cut/raise $1.2 trillion, the likelihood is they won’t agree on anything except a… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
NOVEMBER 10, 2011 4:19PM

NOW What?

Every day there’s a new story about the economic problems in Europe. One day, the Greek bailout is on, and the stock market goes up 300 points. The very next day, it’s off again, and the Dow plummets 400. The next day Greece is saved, and Italy falls apart. After… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
NOVEMBER 9, 2011 2:35PM

Loan Balance

My kids were fortunate–we managed to get them through college without racking up enormous loans. Many of their friends, though, weren’t so lucky. With the job market stuck in neutral, and the cost of college going through the roof, graduation these days means long-term penury for… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 3, 2011 1:38PM

Referendum Update

Okay, so every once in a while you do a cartoon that events overrun. Papandreou dropped the referendum idea after the opposition party said it would support the bailout. Now talks are underway for a coalition government, assuming Papandreou survives tomorrow’s no-confidence vote, which could th… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 3, 2011 11:35AM


A day after Europe agreed on a bailout plan for Greece, the Greek government, reeling from the unpopularity at home of the deep austerity moves the deal imposes, decided to put the whole thing to a referendum of the voters. The outcome, if the vote is allowed to happen, is… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
NOVEMBER 2, 2011 3:06PM


Harry Reid is having a tiny bit of success moving a few of the pieces of Obama’s jobs bill through the Senate, and Obama has seen a recent uptick in his polls since he’s pushed his “Americans can’t wait” theme, but Republicans have no reason to budge on the big… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
OCTOBER 26, 2011 2:13PM


The Republican candidates for president are suddenly all hot to propose flat taxes. First Herman Cain, the pizza czar, came out with his loopy 999 plan. Now Rick Perry, humbled by his lack of debating skills and challenged to present something more serious than shooting coyotes while jogging,… Read full post »

OCTOBER 20, 2011 4:26PM


The deficit reduction supercommittee is apparently bogged down in the usual partisan squabbles. Big surprise. The Democrats won’t accept a package of cuts only, and the Republicans balk at any tax increases. Will the threat of the nasty automatic cuts that will happen if there’s n… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
OCTOBER 19, 2011 3:19PM

The Search Continues

I’ve forced myself to watch the last three Republican debates. It’s one of those unfortunate sacrifices one must make to do this job. It’s getting harder each time to stomach the pandering, the self-aggrandizement, the bromides, banalities, platitudes and inanities, not to m… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
OCTOBER 12, 2011 4:25PM


I was working my way across the radio dial on my way home the other night, delighted to hear the right-wing blathersphere ablaze with denunciations of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators, a sure sign that they’re starting to have an impact. Oh, those commies, those hippies, those radic… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
OCTOBER 6, 2011 3:20PM

Steve Jobs

OCTOBER 5, 2011 10:15PM

Investment Opportunity

I’m guessing that the Lords of Wall Street aren’t particularly interested in anything the protesters have to say, unless they have a cool tip on a new way to make obscene amounts of money by spinning off esoteric derivatives, insider trading, or taking the economy to the brink and… Read full post »

OCTOBER 4, 2011 6:51PM


You’ve got to love the banking industry. Deprived of some of the more outrageous fees and penalty charges by new laws, Bank of America is now assessing a monthly charge for using your debit card. Other banks are considering following suit. By now we all know what that fee REALLY… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 7:12PM

Equal Access to Health Care

This just in: Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, the last two Americans with health insurance, announced today that they can no longer afford it. This country has finally achieved what the naysayers refused to believe was possible. All Americans now have equal access to health care. None.

SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 2:51PM

Good Luck!

Surprise! Health insurance went up again this year , at many times the inflation rate. A family of four now must spend more than $15,000 for health insurance. By the time deductibles and co-pays are factored in, who but the rich can afford it if they aren’t getting it from… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 27, 2011 4:47PM

Disaster Area

The federal government, at least for the moment, will stay in business. The most recent threat of a shutdown was averted when FEMA found enough money under the mattress to limp along until the end of its fiscal year, when it will be automatically funded again. The right-wingers in the… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 6:27PM

This Means War!

You knew this was inevitable. The Republicans have fallen back on their tried-and-true talking point, the one they use every time anyone asks for some simple fairness in the tax code. It’s class warfare. Never mind that the wealth of the nation has shifted dramatically to the richest Am… Read full post »