Auchter's Art: This is exhausting | Michigan Radio

Auchter's Art: This is exhausting

Mar 19, 2021

Ben Folds' song "All You Can Eat" is a scathing critique of human behavior, specifically the American variety:

See that a------ with the peace sign on his license plate?

Giving me the finger and running me out of his lane

God made us number one because he loves us the best

Well he should go bless someone else for a while

Give us a rest

The thing I like best about it is that Folds doesn't pull any punches. He's not going after a particular "side" — he's just listing out his grievances, whether it's professed peaceniks lapsing into violence or the self-righteous who confuse tribalism with holiness. He's calling us out on our, um, stuff.

And that's kind of the theme for this week's cartoon. This particular example happens to be about the shortage of semiconductor chips that could cause 100,000 less vehicles to be built in North America this year. The same people who extoll the virtues of free market capitalism seem to be the first to demand government intervention. But only if it won't provide a political advantage to somebody they don't like.

We all have done stuff like that at one time or another — say one thing, do another. Truly, it can be exhausting.

John Auchter is a freelance political cartoonist. His views are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of Michigan Radio, its management, or its license holder, the University of Michigan.