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Middle Class: Meet Wile E Coyote

©Walt Handelsman

Handelsman’s cartoon looks like a history lesson illustration portraying the position of the middle class in 1970. It makes current sense as a variant on Roadrunner cartoons where the coyote spins his wheels over the chasm for 10 years before the 30 year drop to the bottom of the canyon. Humor is never that slow but economies are. What worries me is the anvil that hasn’t hit yet.

Anybody have suggestions for transforming the still from a roadrunner cartoon with a Political Irony quip? I’m thinking the anvil is the looming payroll tax increase or the next debt limit deadline.

I always sympathized more with the coyote than the roadrunner.
– Iron Filing



  1. Dan wrote:

    “Safety Net Cuts”

    Monday, November 28, 2011 at 8:39 am | Permalink
  2. Dan wrote:

    or More Tax Cuts for the rich, trickle down economics, police state tactics against the Occupy movement (lets call it domestic terrorism and unload with the “Patriot” act – I’m concerned those poor bankers/brokers on Wall Street are feeling terrorized), or how about another war. So many tools to destroy the middle class, so little time.

    Monday, November 28, 2011 at 8:47 am | Permalink
  3. Iron Knee wrote:

    I think you were supposed to sympathize with Wile E Coyote!

    Monday, November 28, 2011 at 11:01 am | Permalink
  4. Iron Filing wrote:

    Hmmm, I guess Roadrunner cartoons were over my head so I need some help:
    Sylvester or Tweety?
    Tom or Jerry?
    Bullwinkle or Boris?
    Danger Mouse or Baron Silas Greenback?
    Blossom or Mojo Jojo?
    Romney or Romney?

    Monday, November 28, 2011 at 11:47 am | Permalink
  5. Don wrote:

    I always thought the Road Runner was a smug, egotistical trouble maker and, curiously, I respected him for that. I sort of looked at Wile E Coyote as a silly lummox, a good example of heavy handedness blinding one to the possible foibles of one’s actions (now, before y’all comment, I wouldn’t have used words like that when I was 10, but thems how I felt then.)

    Sylvester and Tweety Bird? Same model. Tom and Jerry a more symbiotic relationship. Can’t compare the two Romneys cause I think there are actually more of them hidden in the two most prominent persona.

    Monday, November 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Permalink
  6. Arthanyel wrote:

    I should dig out my script treatment for Star Warners – Star Wars with the Warner Brothers cartoon characters. Bugs is Luke (“Hey, what’s up, Darth?) Porky Pig is Obi-Wan (“Th-th-the Force is with us”) and Daffy Duck is Han (“I may be a coward, but I am a greedy little coward!”).

    Wil. E. Coyote is Grand Moff Tarkin, the general in charge of the (Acme) Death Star, Yosemite Sam os Darth (with twin light sabers in fast draw holsters) and of course, the two droids – Sylvester-3PO and R2Twee2

    Monday, November 28, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Permalink
  7. Iron Knee wrote:


    Monday, November 28, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Permalink
  8. Dan wrote:

    Wile E Coyote was on Bugs Bunny once. In the beginning he handed Bugs his card – Wile E Coyote Super Genius. At the end the Coyote stated his name as “mud” at which point Bugs said, “And remember, mud spelled backwards is dumb”
    I agree with Don, Road Runner, Tweedy, Bugs Bunny, all smug little buggers.
    Yes, I sympathize with the Coyote, I would love to see him eat that bird.
    Got supply, need demand, down with the Plutocracy!!!
    I wonder what the real reason Franks is quitting is.

    Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 11:17 am | Permalink