WhenÂ contemplating, suitably horrified, the National Debt and/or the Ballooning Deficit, we pity our descendants who will have to pay the bill. But Tom Tomorrow (aka Dan Perkins) has deftly turned the governmentâs fiscal policy into a comic strip, probably the only way to survive thinking about it.
Dripping—gushing—in sarcasm, theÂ comedy, and hence the satire, arises from Tomorrowâs simple logical extension of the defacto “policy” of our government and combining it with the well-known chicanery of Wall Street banking institutions. A brilliant maneuver.
Wiley Miller made a handful of jokes with a similar theoreticalÂ basis in his Non Sequitur.
But Wileyâs inspiration was olâ Marcus Twainâs autobiography, not our so-called governmentâs machinations (or Tomorrow’sÂ This Modern World).
Still, itâs the kind of coincidence that I stay up nights looking for.
Speaking of staying up nights, thatâs what we all did as kids on Christmas Eve: we tried to stay awake on so we could catch Santa making his stop at our house. And that idea was revived in one of Pat Olipantâs cartoons last month.
The satire is nearly allegorical, and it takes a wonderful wallop at the Giant Old Pachydermâs most conspicuous ass-et. Makes me smile.