Many cities are feeling the economic pinch of poor budget management or simply bad economic luck. Whichever the case may be, some city managers are pointing fingers at everyone else, of course, for their plight. This cartoon is not stating that some public employee unions are blameless, because in part, they are (that's why they are in the car and not standing along the roadside). What it is saying is that city managers and elected officials set these wheels in motion decades ago with poor decisions and "kicking the can down the road" actions and politics, and I feel they need to be held accountable, too. Don't blame the passengers for your reckless driving!