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An editorial cartoonist often uses humor to make light of a serious situation. How does this cartoonist take a lighthearted approach to a serious situation?

Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the answers.

Cartoon by Steve Kelley, The Times-Picayune.


The U.S. is in a massive debt crisis [government spending is greater than the amount collected in taxes].  President Obama and his fellow Democrats are calling on “rich” people to pay their “fair share”  — they want to increase tax rates for upper income earners.  Conservatives are strongly opposed to this idea and call for cuts on government spending to reduce the deficit.

The cartoonist jokes about the situation by having the kids (who don’t earn any money) ask their father (who has more money than they do) to raise their allowance so he pays his “fair share.”