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The G7 Piggy Bank

I drew a pro-Trump cartoon again – I know how my readers hate that! Trump is getting hammered in the press today for testy comments following a testy G7 summit in Canada, with Trump saying, “We’re like the piggy bank that everyone is robbing.”

I think “suckling” is a better fit than “robbing”. Trump ran his campaign on toughening up trade relationships, which is something I like. Trump also complained about our allies not paying enough for  their defense, and depending on the US military subsidizing them. I also liked that Trump promised to get us out of foreign wars. I’d like to see Trump do more to keep these promises, especially the one about keeping out of wars. Trump seems to want to meddle around the globe poking every bee hive, at least as much every other president –better that he meddles with tariffs than wars.

My readers, who strongly object when I draw something that veers out of my liberal slot, will have plenty to complain about with this cartoon.

By Daryl Cagle

Daryl Cagle is the founder and owner of Cagle Cartoons, Inc. He is one of the most widely published editorial cartoonists and is also the editor of The Cagle Post.

9 replies on “The G7 Piggy Bank”

I’ve always taken pride in claiming that my voting record would be just a little to the left of, say, Rosa Parks.
Having said that, I will admit to agreeing with you on those 3 points.
BUT.. to label Canada as a “threat to our National Security” and using that milk tariff as an example is just another example of the Trump Lunacy.
To use a 260% milk tariff as an example of inequities is laughable at best, but really quite ludicrous. At my market, yesterday, I bought milk at $1.59/gal and eggs at 64c/doz.. Thanks to Farm Subsidies (Agricultural Welfare) and the resulting over supply of those items.
Canada, without that milk tariff, left to open market of US subsidized products would lose every one of it’s dairy farms ,and the variety of related small farm produce, within months.
And that is a”National Security” issue that Canada must face. But, as usual that 260% figure is used to falsely inspire outrage about a false and contrived issue.

I’ve always taken pride in claiming that my voting record would be just a little to the left of, say, Rosa Parks.
Having said that, I will admit to agreeing with you on those 3 points.
BUT.. to label Canada as a “threat to our National Security” and using that milk tariff as an example is just another example of the Trump Lunacy.
To use a 260% milk tariff as an example of inequities is laughable at best, but really quite ludicrous. At my market, yesterday, I bought milk at $1.59/gal and eggs at 64c/doz.. Thanks to Farm Subsidies (Agricultural Welfare) and the resulting over supply of those items.
Canada, without that milk tariff, left to open market of US subsidized products would lose every one of it’s dairy farms ,and the variety of related small farm produce, within months.
And that is a”National Security” issue that Canada must face. But, as usual that 260% figure is used to falsely inspire outrage about a false and contrived issue.

One of my first jobs was a rate clerk for the Far East Tariff Division of a shipping corporation. The temporary agency that I was signed up with at the time sent me there. At the time, I was so “green” that I thought it was an airlines, lol.

My boss the manager of the Far East Division educated me from the ground up about tariffs. The first lesson came upon his return from a summit in where else? The Far East. He asked me if I like chocolate and if my children liked chocolate candy bars which at the time cost cents here in the USA.

A deal was made to raise the cost (percentage) and although attendees complained that the increase was too high, those pushing the tariff said, “Children love chocolate candy. Parents love their children. Parents want to please their children and so parents will pay the price increase to please their children.”

They did the same with the price of sugar and then it took off from there, cereal, milk, toys, etc., etc., etc. and all pointed at the American consumer.

Thirty-nine years later and I only eat chocolate on special occasions. Can’t afford it. Tariffs and the countries hooked on them are worse than a freeloading family member. They’ll fleece you to hell and back; and when you try to cut up their credit cards, they tell everyone that you have lost your damned mind (alluding to your animation) because by the time one stands up to the freeloader, they have developed that sense of entitlement and will fight like hell to keep it going.

Definitely not pro-Trump. Pro-truth, yes. The US subsidizes far too many other countries. The rest of the G-7 are just angry the gravy train has come to a switch in the track. The only way they know to combat this is to bash Trump like all liberals do. The libs here in the US bash him even when his policies produce favorable results (which has been every time). Growing economy, lower unemployment (especially among “minorities”), lower taxes for the middle class (yes, it’s true, Nancy Pelosi, and not just crumbs), a much firmer grip on our enemies since Reagan, a realist attitude instead of typical talking points with no action (are you listening, Obama?).

Great cartoon, Darryl.

6 11 2018 2 40p Daryl Cagle Trump Hogging
The US has a Trade Surplus with Canada.
Russia is our National Security Threat Not Canada! Trump uses Phony, Fake Job Numbers!
The Hog is Trump and he’s Stealing America Blind!

Sounds like you are falling for Trumps propaganda. Maybe I should explain, in a trade war you put unreasonable tariffs on our goods and we put unreasonable tariffs on your goods as punishment. Putting those steel tariffs on China yes that is reasonable given that they’ve been heavily subsidizing the cost of their steel. However putting tariffs on steel from places like the UK is not reasonable at all.
Trump seems to behave as is the only ‘fair’ deal is a totally unfair one. In reality he’s just lying to both sides, the lie his people are telling to America is just different to the one he’s telling us.
You Americans need to wake up to the fact that your president is a dodgy used car salesman and a compulsive liar. That’s not even mentioning Tumps ultra nationalism, To most of the world ‘America First America First..’ conjures up images of goose stepping Germans chanting Germany First Germany First.

Swing and a miss, Daryl. The average tariff rate for g7 countries is 1.6% for five of the 7 countries. Canada’s rate of .8% results in a large trade surplus for us.

It took me 5 minutes to find that info. Perhaps you should invest a few minutes so you don’t produce another cartoon that gets it dead wrong.

Uncle Chris is right (no pun or insult intended)
Don’t look at numbers or dollars, look at percentages and the rules governing what each country pays.

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