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sexta-feira, 21 de outubro de 2011

Cartoon: Prevailing Trends

This cartoon by Clay Bennett from the Chattanooga Times Free Press leaves us in no doubt as to the cartoonist's political views. The cartoon shows three newspaper stories about 'prevailing trends' in the U.S. The first tells us that the rich are getting richer, and is illustrated by a pie chart showing the breakdown of 'Total Wealth'. The second, accompanied by a bar chart representing the 'US Poverty Rate', informs us that the poor are getting poorer. The third story, 'Dumb Getting Dumber', has a graph labelled 'Support for Rick Perry'—which is increasing.


 Rick Perry
, the current governor of Texas, is one of the leading contenders for the Republican nomination in next year's presidential election. Clay Bennett seems sceptical about the chances of the wealth gap between rich and poor diminishing if Perry becomes president: in 2009, the wealthiest 1 percent of Texans paid 3 percent of their income in state and local taxes, while the poorest fifth of Texans paid about 12 percent of their income. (Source:  Wikipedia)

 is another word for 'stupid'. The cartoonist is probably referencing the 1994 film ' Dumb and Dumber' starring Jim Carrey.

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