We're looking for a cartoon-style infographic that communicates nine key facts about the effects of higher taxes on energy (oil and gas).
We're envisioning nine panels that depict the captions below. Potential images for each panel are described following bullet points. However, designers can be creative with their depictions of the captions if they like.
Structurally, we're envisioning three sets of three boxes, organized like this:
Caption 2 Caption 3
Here are the captions, which are to describe the graphics you come up with.
Title: The Effect$ of Higher Energy Taxes
Box Group 1 -- Higher Prices
Caption 1: When you tax something more, you get less of it.
- For this image, perhaps a professor with a blackboard. The blackboard should say Econ 101.
Caption 2: That’s why politicians like taxing things that are harmful, like cigarettes.
- For this image, something fun -- perhaps something like this with cigarettes: http://collections.infocollections.…8e/p27.gif. Or a politician grabbing a cigarette out of someone's mouth or hand while scolding him.
Caption 3: But if we raise taxes on energy, we get less oil. And that means higher gasoline prices.
- For this image, we want a large cartoon of someone, at a gas station, turning both of his pockets inside out and looking flustered, as he has realized he is bankrupt. Or maybe a gas station sign with lots of dollar signs on it and a single drop of gas coming out of the pump?
Box Group 2 - Fewer Jobs
Caption 1: Tax hikes force businesses to adjust hiring plans and curtail investment.
- For this image, let's have the same professor with a blackboard. The blackboard should say Taxes & Incentives.
Caption 2: The oil and natural gas industry currently supports 9.2 million jobs.
- For this image, let's have lots of people hard at work, ideally in way that makes people think of energy industry jobs, like oil derricks, oild drills, etc.
Caption 3: Higher taxes on the energy industry could eliminate 170,000 jobs by 2014.
- For this image, let's have lots of people without jobs. Something like this: http://www.americanprogress.org/wp-…021009.jpg. They should all look sad.
Box Group 3 - Reduced Savings
Caption 1: The government taxes profits, not revenue. So higher taxes mean lower profits.
- For this image, let's have the same professor with a blackboard. The blackboard should say How Taxes Work.
Caption 2: Ordinary Americas own "Big Oil" in their retirement accounts, pension funds, and the like.
- For this image, let's have a graphic like this one: http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/…phigd6.jpg, but only the first three measures -- pension funds, mutual funds, individual investors.
Caption 3: Lower profits mean less successful stocks.
- For this image, let's have a graphic of old poor people. Maybe with a stock chart going down through the floor, and a person looking down through the hole?