Baby Gets the Bill
Eagle-eyed BorgFan asks in a comment if I have used the baby-gets-the-bill image before. Indeed I have. The cartoon is from 1985, and I was as incensed then as I am now that "fiscally-conservative" presidents were declining to pay for their own messes.
Reagan promised to 1) cut taxes, 2) increase defense spending, and 3) balance the budget. This paradox was supposed to happen through the miracle of supply-side economics. When, at the end of his term, he had accomplished the first two items and the budget was hopelessly, wildly, unprecedentedly out of balance, the ever-charming president grinned and said, "Well, two out of three ain't bad."
I will never understand why Reagan is a hero to fiscal conservatives.