The effects of inflation on the national economy and its politics dominate this week’s gallery of editorial cartoons. Consumer prices rose 8.3% year-on-year in April, the Labor Department reported last week. Bill Bramhall of the New York Daily News wryly points out that the responsibility for the “The Accountability Ends Here” sign on President Joe Biden’s Oval Office is no longer worth what it was.
Other comments on the state of the economy include Biden at the helm of a doomed spaceship (Michael Ramirez); Wall Street’s beaten bull market (Joey Weatherford); Democrats in a Big Hole with Midterm Elections Coming in November (Walt Handelsman); and a comparison between Biden and former President Jimmy Carter (AF Branco).
The leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn the Roe v. Wade also continued to make his mark. Drew Sheneman of the Newark Star-Ledger noted that protesters were converging on the home of Judge Samuel Alito, who wrote the notice. Bramhall drew a women’s clinic as a travel agency in states that would still allow abortions if Roe was overthrown. Joel Pett of the Lexington Herald-Leader mocked the five justices who said during their Senate confirmation hearings that they would abide by precedent, only to vote in the leaked draft to overturn it.
Other hot topics include the shortage of infant formula; 1 million deaths in the United States due to Covid-19; and the wasp’s nest fueled by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The cartoons were drawn by Nick Anderson, Bill Bramhall, Dana Summers, Drew Sheneman, Walt Handelsman, David Horsey, Phil Hands, Joel Pett, and Joey Weatherford of Tribune Content Agency; and AF Branco, Mike Luckovich and Michael Ramirez of Creators Syndicate.