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This month’s collab with Becky Hawkins has more of Becky in it than usual, I think.
This cartoon originated in a remark Becky made, that most safety net debates seem to boil down to doing too little versus helping too many. What Becky said stuck in my head, and I came back to her with this cartoon script.
Of course, in the real world, the same person is seldom taking both parts of the argument. But I think of the blonde woman in this strip as representing the split and contrary nature of the American political system as a whole.
This is an issue area I’ve done cartoons about before, and I’m sure I’ll come back to it again. Americans have a fear of giving money to the wrong people (and it’s not very well hidden that “wrong” often means “brown”) that continually hinders us from becoming a compassionate society.
TRANSCRIPT OF CARTOON
This cartoon has four panels. All four panels show the same two people. A redhead wearing thick glasses and a green jacket over a checkboard sweater – let’s face it, they look like a nerd – is sitting at a desk, with a stack of papers on the desk. (I’m a nerd, so I’m allowed to say that.) Standing next to the desk is a blonde woman with a blue dress and a matching blue necklace.
Redhead gestures towards the stack of papers, smiling. Necklace leans over to look at the papers, raising an eyebrow.
REDHEAD: Check this out! I’ve created a proposal for better welfare benefits.
Necklace points to something on the papers, looking a little annoyed. Redhead is concerned by what she’s saying.
NECKLACE: But this plan leaves so many people out.
Redhead leans back over the papers, writing rapidly with a pen. Necklace leans over, hand on chin, as she looks at what Redhead’s writing.
REDHEAD: Good point… Here, let me just fix some things…
Redhead, looking proud, holds up a paper to display to Necklace. Necklace angrily yells, throwing papers into the air.
REDHEAD: Okay, how’s this?
NECKLACE: NOW YOUR PLAN HELPS PEOPLE WHO DON’T DESERVE IT!
This cartoon on Patreon