"Take all that other people have and give it to the poor, while keeping a percentage to pay for your offices and perks."But it just doesn't have the same ring. Especially since the bulk of the money thus collected never gets near the poor. (If it did, you could take poverty spending, divide it by the number of poor people, and learn that there can't possibly be any poor people left.)
When it comes to giving of one's own money, perhaps a study of the relative giving unto charity of various groups might be instructive.
Perhaps the cartoonist doesn't know how bureaucracy works.
He may also be unclear on the Chinese aphorism about giving a man a fish vs. teaching him to fish. The former is superficially charitable, but ultimately makes people dependent on the Fish-giver. This may be the purpose of it all.
None of this is intended to display enthusiasm for Caesar in any of his sundry guises.
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Meanwhile, in other news, two teenagers held at gunpoint a houseguest of our next door neighbor, right out in front of their house. A third kept watch for police up at the corner. They fled when the neighbor came out and started screaming at them. Their neighbors on the other side -- Sean, Pat, if you're reading this, you know who I mean -- caught some of this on their security cameras. There hasn't been an incident like this since the old projects were torn down. But the new public housing is in place now.