That's only one of the cruel ironies to be found in this week's political toon round-up:
Why aren't the middle and lower classes more receptive to Cain's and Perry's flat tax proposals, which will shift the federal tax burden down onto them?
If teachers, firefighters, etc., are destroying the economy, why are they as obscenely rich as the top cats at Wall Street?
They're called “the Super Committee,” but it's just as useless and compromised as the regular GOP-gridlocked congressional committee system it was supposedly designed to leap in a single bound.
Turns out that the worst thing you can do to America
*(Double negatives: tricky business.)
Today's selections were taken from the p3 Trick or Treat Bag (after throwing away anything that could have razors, needles, or poisons in it) from the week's political cartoon pages at Slate, Time, Mario Piperni, About.com, and Daryl Cagle:
p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Jerry Holbert, John Cole, Ed Stein, Tom Toles, Nate Beeler, Steve Sack, Jeff Danziger, Rick McKee, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best of Show: Adam Zyglis.
p3 Legion of Merit, with Golden Showers: Pat Bagley.
p3 Monster Mash Award: David Fitzsimmons.
p3 See the Elephant Award: R. J. Matson.
p3 Day of the Dead Award: Stuart Carlson.
p3 “Darwin Was Right” Award: Paul Szep.
p3 World Toon Review: Heng (Singapore), Hassan Karimzadeh (Iran), and Christos Komarnitski (Bulgaria).
And you thought he was a Python! No such luck: Ann Telnaes reveals the latest frightening GOP presidential hopeful.
Bagels in Bagdhad! Camels in the sky! Via Mark Fiore: Why Obama still isn't enough of a foreign policy hardass for conservatives.
Taiwan's Next Media Animation has their own special take on the Cardinals' game seven victory.
Barry Deutsch counts down the top ten ways teachers unions caused the economic crisis.
Tom Tomorrow presents the good news: Poverty in America has been eliminated.
The K Chronicles examines the scourge of Massachussettes, the shame of Florida. Wait -- doesn't Rush Limbaugh live in Florida?
Tom the Dancing Bug asks: Has Lucky Ducky no shame?
Comic Riffs takes you behind the scenes of The New Yorker's cartoon issue. In the right hands, the Grim Reaper kills!
Red Meat presents Your Tax Dollars at Work, featuring Bug-eyed Earl.
Portland homeboy Jack Ohman considers the awkwardness of the NBA lockout at this particular moment in time.
It's shameful, but, eh! It's a living: We're in the Halloween home stretch, and winding up our p3 tribute to scary theme music by Warner Bros musical director Carl Stalling. This week's entry is “Hyde and Hare,” directed in 1955 by Fritz Freleng, written by Warren Foster, voiced by Mel Blanc, with musical direction by Himself. The Liberace joke and the Ralph Kramden joke would have to be explained to kids now, but they were Bang! Zoom at the time the short came out. (“Carry me?” is also a classic Warner Bros tag line from the 50s.)
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p3 Bonus Toon: Jesse Springer likes the good news of an increase in jobs, but there's still a problem:
Test your toon-captioning kung fu at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.)