01/10/2013 01:30 pm ET

Raising The Debt Ceiling (CARTOON)

debt ceiling cartoon

Higher and higher the debt ceiling must go as spending soars. While raising the federal borrowing limit is currently a decision that requires congressional approval, Democrats in the House are urging President Barack Obama to consider other means to raising the debt ceiling without going through Congress. Will the Republicans continue to demand spending cuts be linked to the decision? Will Obama override Congress' authority? Or will this be the beginning of a global recession? While these questions continue to circle the debate, this cartoon by Lalo Alcaraz highlights why the country is currently facing this predicament.

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About the artist:

Lalo Alcaraz is perhaps the most prolific Chicano artist in the nation, according to his own bio. Lalo has been busy for over two decades chronicling the political ascendancy of Latinos in America and vigorously pushing the boundaries of Chicano art in the Post Chicano Art Era.

An award-winning journalist and illustrator, Lalo is also an author, faculty member at Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles, and radio host. He is also the creator of the first nationally-syndicated, politically-themed Latino daily comic strip, “La Cucaracha.”

Lalo’s most recent project is a re-boot of the famed, his pioneering humor, satire and cerveza webzine/blog/news site.

The Political Satire Comedy Of Lalo Alcaraz