President Joe Biden signed the $ 1 trillion infrastructure bill on Monday that will pump billions into the country’s roads, bridges, rail, public transit, broadband Internet service, electric vehicles and water systems. The mission statement in the gallery by Michael Ramirez of the Las Vegas Review-Journal picks up on the deficit effects of the bill.
Other editorial cartoonists attacked former President Donald Trump’s broken promise to pass an infrastructure bill during his tenure. Bill Bramhall of the New York Daily News portrayed Biden’s smiling face in Trump’s book “The Art of the Deal,” and Mike Lukovich of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution linked Biden’s accomplishment with Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again.”
Inflation was again a prominent topic this week. Ramirez scores with a funny reference to the fable of the frog in the water pot, who does not notice that it is boiling until it is too late.
Other topics in the cartoons include the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, who was acquitted on Friday of all charges of shooting two men and wounding a third in the riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin; the labor shortage in low-wage jobs; the impending dispute over Biden’s “Build Back Better” law; Problems in the supply chain; and the fatigue of American health workers 18 months after the Covid-19 pandemic.
The cartoons were drawn by Bill Bramhall, Dana Summers, Drew Sheneman, Walt Handelsman, David Horsey, Phil Hands, Joel Pett, and Joey Weatherford of the Tribune Content Agency; and AF Branco, Mike Luckovich, and Michael Ramirez of Creators Syndicate.
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