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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SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 4:13PM


I’m still stunned, appalled and deeply disturbed by the last debate among the candidates for the GOP nomination for president. Not by the candidates themselves (although there was plenty there to dislike), but by the crowd, which cheered lustily when the number of people Texas has execu… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 15, 2011 2:42PM

Job Logic

You’ve got to love the thinking here. Obama proposes a hefty $450 billion jobs bill, containing many items that Republicans used to favor. The tab is to be paid by raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans to their pre-Bush tax cut levels. The Republicans (surprise) oppose asking the ri… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 7:29PM

It’s a Miracle!

A lot is being made these days of the so-called Texas miracle, in which that state has bucked the national unemployment trend. Governor Rick Perry hopes to ride that success all the way to the White House, with the promise of extending that miracle to the rest of the country.… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 5:38PM

Bad News


First Hurricane Irene flooding the Northeast, then wild fires consuming the Southwest, and now THIS. 

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SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 4:44PM

Labor Day

Given the economy, the unemployment rate, and the decline of the labor movement, this is hardly a Labor Day to celebrate.

AUGUST 31, 2011 1:06PM

Storm Damage

I’m back after taking a week off editorial cartooning. Nothing much happened–just Hurricane Irene, possibly the most costly storm in US history. I love all the cartoons showing that the press overplayed the whole thing, because New York City didn’t get hammered as feared.  … Read full post »

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AUGUST 21, 2011 3:38PM

Lazy Summer Day

This Sunday Freshly Squeezed idea came out of my own struggle between my increasing desire to call it a career  and my artistic need to keep working. Check out http://Gocomics.com/freshlysqueezed

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AUGUST 18, 2011 10:17AM

How to End the Recession

Yesterday, the last of the recall elections in Wisconsin were decided. All told, more than $35 million was spent to overturn two seats in the Wisconsin statehouse. That was just for the campaigns. I don’t know how much the state of Wisconsin spent to hold the elections. The total for the… Read full post »

AUGUST 18, 2011 9:55AM

Ball and Chain

The president, freed, at least temporarily, from the limit hostage crisis, has turned his attention, finally,  to jobs. His problem, and the nation’s, is that there’s almost nothing he can do to create more jobs. Having tied himself to deficit reduction, he can’t very well… Read full post »

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AUGUST 17, 2011 4:06PM


The tobacco lobby is back in court fighting the new graphic warning labels the FDA wants on cigarette packages. The labels are graphic, indeed, unflinchingly illustrating the dire effects of smoking on the human body. It’s no wonder the purveyors of the deaths sticks don’t want th… Read full post »

AUGUST 10, 2011 4:38PM

No Downgrade

No explanation needed, I’m guessing. Sadly, the market gyrations, as I expected, have produced a hardening of partisan positions, rather than the hoped-for wakeup call. We are in the hands of lunatics on the right and cowards on the left. Let’s go the Wisconsin route and recall th… Read full post »

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AUGUST 9, 2011 8:32PM

How Unfortunate

Maybe, just maybe, the S&P downgrade and the subsequent market meltdown will convince the Republican Party that their experiment in holding the economy hostage until their demands were met was a bad idea. Nah. Not gonna happen. The Tea Party true believers now have a weapon they can use t… Read full post »

AUGUST 7, 2011 10:42AM

Freshly Squeezed 8/7/11

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AUGUST 4, 2011 12:55PM


In another sign of just how incredibly, stupidly dysfunctional Washington is, the FAA is now being held hostage to the demands of  Senate Republicans. The dispute centers on language that has nothing whatever to do with the FAA’s mission; it’s about the desire to weaken another p… Read full post »

AUGUST 1, 2011 4:25PM


Well, the good news is that the debt deal isn’t as bad as it could have been. The bad news is, it’s still terrible. The White House, which misplayed the whole thing from the start (Note to Obama:  the party that sets the agenda wins; when will you learn that?),… Read full post »

JULY 29, 2011 8:02PM


The silliness in Washington continues. Speaker John Boehner, after several false starts and over Tea PArty objection, finally muscled his debt reduction bill through a reluctant House. It will die an instant death in the Senate, of course, so it was simply posturing. The Senate will pass Harr… Read full post »

JULY 28, 2011 6:58PM


Unless things change dramatically in the next few days, the Republican party will take this country into default on its obligations for the first time in history. The fanatical freshmen members of the House, elected in the depth of the recession in 2010, are in no mood to compromise in… Read full post »

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JULY 22, 2011 1:50PM


I read the results of a study recently that found that human beings, when confronted with evidence that contradicted firmly held beliefs, tend to reject the evidence, no matter how strong, and cling more firmly to the original belief. Nowhere is this tendency more visible than in the debate o… Read full post »

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JULY 20, 2011 7:26PM

They Want WHAT?

Washington has zeroes in with laser-like focus on the most pressing issue of our day–the unacceptable level of unemployment. No, wait! Just kidding. It’s cutting the size of government, which of course, matters more than anything else to the millions of Americans who can’t f… Read full post »

JULY 16, 2011 9:47AM


Well, it’s come to this. The forces of evil, in the name of ideological purity, are threatening to destroy what’s left of the nation’s economy. The good guys are powerless in the face of the unrelenting assault on sanity. There will be no compromise. Only one person can save… Read full post »

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JULY 12, 2011 5:07PM


A twofer today, again on the debt limit negotiations. The more I thought about it, the more the Republican dogma that tax cuts always cure all problems sounds like the old patent medicine claims. Not only were the promises of miraculous cures untrue, the noxious compounds sold as medicinal re… Read full post »

JULY 12, 2011 4:56PM

High Roller

The anti-tax absolutists of the GOP are pushing perilously close to national default in their refusal to accept ANY debt reduction package that includes even the smallest revenue increases. Almost nobody believes that the deficit can be reduced with cuts alone without unacceptable damage to t… Read full post »

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JULY 4, 2011 12:17AM

Jet Set

I’m on the road right now without access to all of my tools, so this one is in black and white only. It still amazes me that the GOP can get away with unabashedly siding with the wealthiest Americans against the interests of the poor and the middle class, and… Read full post »

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JUNE 29, 2011 7:21PM


How is it possible that the debt problems of one tiny nation can threaten the economic stability of the world? Answer: the Euro. One of the unintended (although widely predicted) consequences of the Euro is that individual nations can’t adjust their own currencies in response to local e… Read full post »

JUNE 27, 2011 11:39AM

Try, try again

Some subscribers to this site have reported persistent problems getting the automatic email feeds when I post new cartoons and comments. We think we’ve fixed it now. If you get this via email, well, apparently, the system is working. If you’re reading this on the website but aren’t… Read full post »