Over the years, I’ve used a character “Mr. Truth”, to explore concepts (often in the insurance industry…) where I thought the powers-that-be seemed to be overlooking the obvious to sell their agendas. Mr. Truth only can tell the TRUTH…The WHOLE truth! It didn’t always (translation: never…) make me popular with those in positions of power, but it felt GOOD to be able to point out the disconnect from reality by people making decisions that affect our lives.
Politicians often tout the concept of “Trickle-Down” as the answer to most economic issues. Now, I have to give them credit where credit is due… From their perspective, being on the other side of the control valve, it IS in THEIR best interest to promote the trickle-down concept. However, there is a very different way to look at it if you are on the trickle side of the equation…
Think about it… Would Big Oil Companies invest in drilling oil wells if they thought the end result would be a TRICKLE? (The only time Oil Companies get excited about a trickle is after an oil spill in the Gulf is contained, right?) Trickle, no matter how BIG you make the print, is still a TRICKLE! Companies who have a CASH FLOW PROBLEM (translation: cash trickle) tend to cause management-types to panic. How will they survive if they only get a trickle bonus?!! Am I making a point, here?
Not all my cartoons were meant to be funny. I think the reason “Trickle-Down” gets any traction as a viable economic answer is because we, the working class, subconsciously think that if we work hard, some day we will be in a place to benefit from the cash flow side of the equation. How’s it working for YOU…today?