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C: How Incentives Work: For the Rich For the Poor Give Give Give… Take… The quotation marks around Incentives suggests sarcasm or a similar tone. Theres repetition & emphasis on GIVE GIVE GIVE for the guy who already has plenty, and just one TAKE from the woman and child who have nothing. The blocked titles For the Rich and For the Poor indicate the definition of Incentives is different for the rich / poor.
O: Fat, short man in a suit. Holding money. Smiling/ smirking. Woman, kid, tray/plate. Big-eyed child Fat guy in suit represents wealth, opulence. His smile suggests evil / greed. Mom & kid look much smaller, thinner, worried, surprised. The guy on the left is holding a bag of money and some other papers, maybe incentives of some sort, which he doesnt seem to need. Woman and child have need, but what little they had (food stamps) have been taken away. Everyone is white. (??)
T: Not Given This is apparently recent, as one recurring issue this past year has been corporate welfare vs. entitlement programs. This is not always clearly divided along party lines, although we generally associate the Republicans with favoring the former and Democrats with the latter.
S: Summary It is absurd to give so many benefits – from both the government and the private sector – to those doing so well already while we reduce help to those without. There is hypocrisy in claiming these benefits promote a strong economy when we give them to the rich, but they encourage laziness and corruption when we help the poor. This is a liberal or left-leaning cartoon.
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