June 5, 2022 Editorial Cartoons: Inflationary Worries, Gun Politics


President Joe Biden, eager to demonstrate that his administration is tackling high inflation, last week met with the chairman of the Federal Reserve, wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal and conducted a media blitz with surrogates wearing its economic message, the Washington Post reported.

Editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez, in this week’s main image, snapped up Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s statement to CNN that she was wrong about the path inflation would take. He drew inflation as a bomb with a lit fuse. Dana Summers saw Biden’s student debt cancellation as a shovelful of more money into the jaws of inflation. AF Branco sees the Biden economy as a light switch in the “off” position.

Another mass shooting, this time in Tulsa, Oklahoma, kept gun control politics in the news. In Uvalde, Texas, police were on the defensive over their decision not to confront a gunman who killed 19 elementary school children and two teachers. Children inside the classrooms repeatedly called 911 to report that children were still alive and in need of medical help. It was unclear whether the police chief commanding the scene had received these messages.

Cartoonists commented on the belated police response; the suggestion that schools need to be further “hardened” to prevent mass shootings; and the political cost of opposing the powerful gun lobby.

Other topics covered in the cartoons include cryptocurrency investors hanging on for dear life; the war in Ukraine; and, in personal news, the death of a beloved rescue dog.

The cartoons were drawn by Nick Anderson, Bill Bramhall, Dana Summers, Drew Sheneman, Scott Stantis, 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.

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