This week, much of the focus of the political cartoons surrounded Santa and consumerism around the holidays. I’ll pass on that for now. For me, low wages are still an obsession. I’m not a fan of the Occupy movement, only because their message was too disjointed. But I do think the minimum wage needs to rise. At least to get back to the level of the late 70′s adjusted for inflation.
I am well aware that The Onion is a satirical web site. After Nelson Mandela’s passing, The Onion offered a remarkably believable fabricated quote, “Today we lost not only an international hero and a symbol of the resilient human spirit, but also the very first political figure ever who people actively wish was still alive and affecting world affairs.” Mandela was such a revered figure that even The Onion turned its satire toward others out of respect for a man of his stature. I recall how when he was sworn in as president of Africa, he was gracious enough to invite his former jailers to the ceremony,
To be fair, a Twitter friend reminded me of Kennedy and Churchill. We needed to look back 50 years to find another beloved politician. Rest in Peace, Nelson Mandela.
Today, it’s time for a two-fer. I follow political cartoons during the week and try to choose the one that’s not too partisan. I lean towards one that speaks more about finance or the economy. But this week, I can’t choose between the final two. The gap between rich and poor is growing. It’s more and more clear we are losing our middle class. I’m not suggesting a revolution is around the corner, only that when people have nothing left to lose, the results can be tragic. I’ve been paying attention to the economy for over 30 years, and I don’t recall such an awful jobless recovery.