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The setup for the most un-PC joke of all time: "A pedophile, a drug smuggler, a CEO and a terrorist walk into a bar..." (Click to embiggen.)

The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association is done sending sternly-worded letters with bullet-pointed statistics to the supercommittee. It’s now turning to cartoons to push lawmakers to avoid vast, across-the-board budget cuts, whether through sequestration or other reductions to discretionary spending.

FLEOA today sent this cartoon to all members of Congress, and said it will follow up with the supercommittee and lawmakers who deal with law enforcement issues. The cartoon shows three obviously dismayed federal agents heading toward the unemployment office, while a terrorist, a corrupt CEO, a drug smuggler and a pedophile gleefully drive by in a stretch limo. Note the word “perv” written on the pedophile’s trucker hat.

“Words … can easily be ignored,” FLEOA spokeswoman Jenny Mattingley said in an e-mail. “FLEOA is just trying a different tactic since the Hill, especially the supercommittee, is getting inundated with letters from every group. We thought this might stand out a bit more.”

Mattingley said FLEOA has no plans to launch an ad campaign with the cartoon.

What do you think? Will a cartoon like this cut through the white noise and get lawmakers’ attention, or will it be ignored? And what do you think about the stereotypical villains used in the cartoon?

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  1. Contractor Helper Says:
    November 17th, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    With as much obstinance and partisanship as we’ve seen in this Congress, I doubt words or images will get their attention. I think the only surefire way to get their attention would be to tie pay, benefits and eligibility for re-election to willingness to negotiate, compromise and get things done. I think you’d see Congress transform into a cooperation machine overnight if their paycheck/health coverage/retirement/re-election eligibility were on the line, no matter which side of the aisle they’re on.

  2. Jim Says:
    November 22nd, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Unbelievable, how could they have not added a politician on the take from big business?