On Wednesday, the government said its consumer price index climbed 6.2% from a year ago – the biggest 12-month jump since 1990. So it’s cold comfort when the president Federal Reserve Board member Jerome Powell and members of the Biden administration say, “Don’t worry – this is transient.
This week’s leading editorial cartoon, by Bill Bramhall of the New York Daily News, pokes fun at the reassuring words as an American consumer floats through the stratosphere on a balloon. Elsewhere in the gallery, Dana Summers of Tribune Content Agency comments on the high cost of meat, with a butcher offering personal and layaway loans to a buyer.
Congress made the news by passing a $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure package that will provide money to repair roads, bridges, airports, railroads and expand broadband Internet service. Thirteen House Republicans crossed the aisle in support of the plan, making them targets of anger of the GOP faithful who wanted to deny President Joe Biden a “victory”. The bill had been in the works for years, prompting Mike Luckovich of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to comment on the ugly legislative process; he drew a sausage bridge with the caption: “Wow, the sausage has been done!”
Other topics in the cartoons this week include the controversy surrounding Green Bay Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers for covering up his Covid-19 vaccination status; Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s criticism of Sesame Street’s Big Bird for promote childhood vaccines; and the conclusion of a global climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland.
The cartoons were drawn by Nick Anderson, Bill Bramhall, Dana Summers, Drew Sheneman, Walt Handelsman, David Horsey, Joel Pett and Joey Weatherford of Tribune Content Agency; and AF Branco, Mike Luckovich and Michael Ramirez of Creators Syndicate.