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  1. M Mackenzie

    M Mackenzie said, 9 months ago

    Sorry, I don’t buy this. I think most ordinary Texans that live, work and raise their families are just as whacked out as their statewide Republican candidates. Otherwise, the state would have more mentally balanced politicians. Somebody elects all those wingnuts.

  2. chayasnana

    chayasnana said, 9 months ago

    It has nothing to do with wingnuts. The are right-wing ….nut jobs.

  3. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, 9 months ago

    M Mackenzie: From poll tax (formerly only payable during January when the Christmas bills come in, now requiring up to a 300 mile trip and $20), to taffymandering (one district went from the Red River to less than 100 miles from salt water), to few polling places, to elections on a work day only, there are many wondrous ways to keep a vote from resembling the will of the people.

  4. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    You gotta admit….ANY group that would Elect both shrub Bush, AND Goodhair Perry to be their Governor CAN’T have too much of a connection to NORMAL people!

  5. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 9 months ago

    @masterskrain

    Did Saddam ever develop thermonuclear weapons? Thank Bush, jr, former governor of Texas, and one of our greatest presidents.


    Does the government have too many departments for anyone to remember the three that need to be eliminated first? Thank Governor Perry for proving that fact.


    And Texas chooses most of the nation’s school books, and this makes it possible for most of American’s students to learn that global warming and evolution are hoaxes, and the world is 6018 years old and only the deity determines daily temperatures.


    Greatest state in the Nation. (And when Global Warming, which doesn’t exist but which has re-opened the Northwest Passage, finally melts Alaska, once again the largest.)

  6. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    Isn’t that just an assturdoid? (Sorry, that was just too easy and obviously implied.)

  7. Beau Nobo

    Beau Nobo said, 9 months ago

    @parkerfuffle

    Thanks for setting Dr Godawful straight.

  8. mdavis4183

    mdavis4183 GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    Dear Ben Sargent: Employers do not give a damn about whether employees believe in evolution. Employers DO give a damn whether employees can read, write and do math proficiently. Something high school graduates from liberal strongholds like Detroit cannot do.

  9. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, 9 months ago

    @Michael wme

    I am in stitches! Please, turn your sarcasm meter off.

  10. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, 9 months ago

    @Doctor Warbucks

    According to a 2009 Pew poll, six percent (6%) of scientists identify as Republicans. 55% identify as Democrats.
    “These results were not a complete surprise,” said Scott Keeter, Director of Survey Research at Pew, in an interview with the Huffington Post. He said they can be mostly attributed to “the difference between Democratic and Republican parties with respect to issues.”
    http://www.people-press.org/2009/07/09/section-4-scientists-politics-and-religion/
    Amazing how quickly facts can deal with your assertions, Doctor Warbucks. Scientists are normally very well educated, by definition.

  11. Meh~thodology

    Meh~thodology said, 9 months ago

    @masterskrain

    Pretty much, each time, both men won by a bare majority of those who bothered to vote.
    You truly get the government you don’t vote for.

  12. inevattable

    inevattable said, 9 months ago

    When I travel, I don’t let anyone know that I live in this state. I came here and spawned back in the John Connally/Ann Richards eras and it was not so bad. Once I had a family, moving to another state was not a good option so now that the political nut cases have come to power and old age has moved in, one has to just grin and bear it.

  13. Alabama_Al

    Alabama_Al said, 9 months ago

    @TheTrustedMechanic

    Just further proof that there is no one who believes there is such a thing as a “free lunch” more than a conservative.

  14. echoraven

    echoraven said, 9 months ago

    @TheTrustedMechanic

    Read the article and here’a a quote:
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    “The next time some smarmy teabagger tries to tell you it’s liberals who are ruining the country and spending us into oblivion,”
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    Were you trying to imply that the article wasn’t biased? That the author didn’t have an axe to grind? Didn’t work for the DNC?
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    I’d be more inclined to believe it if the author pretended to be impartial.

  15. jd720

    jd720 said, 9 months ago

    Thank you, Ben, for recognizing that not all Texans believe what our politicians are espousing.

    I have to admit, I voted for Cruz. His platform at the time of elections sounded like something that I was interested in seeing pushed. If I ran into him on the street today, however, I would tell him that he’s been an embarrassment and a disappointment. I wanted to see the government limited financially, held accountable for its actions, and prevented from limiting my freedoms. I never wanted the government shut down; I never wanted people to be out of their jobs, especially for such a juvenile reason as pointing fingers and yelling, “Not my fault!” Geez, who would have thought we elected third graders to govern us? Correction: my sister’s 3rd grade class has respect enough that when she gives them the evil eye, they quiet down. I guess it’s kindergarten, then.

    I also voted for Obama the first go around, and I’ve come to regret that, too. I wanted us to get out of the Middle East and quit pissing away our money abroad. I wanted folks to get health insurance so that I would not have to continue to cover them when they checked into hospitals without it, to make them responsible for their own expenses. I had hoped that Obama’s charisma would unite Congress and get them to pass good, beneficial legislation. I never expected that the ACA would be so unpopular; I never expected that it would drive people’s rates up. I never expected that Congress would deteriorate into such childish, do-nothing, self-serving, petty name-calling and passing of the buck.

    It seems I need to do better research on my candidates before I cast my vote.

    Look, folks, I’ve been lurking about the comments sections on these pages for a long time, and I see a lot of anger: Democrats and Republicans saying some mighty hurtful things to each other on both sides, much the same as Congress and the President . Much of it consists of baseless claims: “Leave it to a Republican to ” or “Only a Democrat would think .” Some commenters occasionally post evidence to back up their claims, and on a rare occasion, that evidence isn’t blatantly biased. Frankly, I’m so distrustful of any sources at this point that I feel like the only way to get a straight answer is to conduct my own studies, something I have neither time nor money to do.

    As I said, I’ve seen a lot of anger on here. I suspect we’re angry because we’re frustrated: we don’t like the way things are currently, and if any of you are like me, you have no idea what to do to fix it. You’ve researched various topics, you’ve mulled it over and discussed it with friends, yet there’s inevitably something missing, something that screws up your solution. You look to the government, expecting them to have ideas, yet you find them pointing fingers and avoiding actually making any decisions, or worse, taking good ideas, tearing all the good parts out, and leaving the crap* that’s left. That frustrates you: why are we paying these people to point their fingers? At my job, pointing my finger does me no good; I’m still on the hook to deliver my design. Why should it do them any good? Why aren’t they held accountable to delivering the fixes we elected them to provide?

    It’s frustrating because I spent many hours researching each candidate’s platform, putting them into spreadsheets, applying weighting factors, and finally determining the candidates that best seemed to match what I was looking for. I took my printed list of people I wanted to vote for to the polls with me, and I voted accordingly. Yes, I’m nerdy like that. And what good did it do? Congratulations to me: I’ve helped elect the most useless Congress in the history of the country, and it makes me angry.

    As angry as I am at the politicians, it saddens me to see so much anger, so many hurtful words toward our fellow citizens. If this is how we treat each other, is it any wonder that our government does the same? How did it get to this point, where it’s more important to point fingers at each other than to fix the problem? Who cares whose fault it is? In the end, it doesn’t matter who threw the ball or who swung the bat; the window is still broken, and it still needs fixing. Let’s fix it together.

    Lay the emotion aside for a bit, work together to find reputable, unbiased sources of information, and share ideas to come up with great solutions to these problems that people debate on here every day. Be open-minded. Consider for a moment, “What if I’m wrong?” and then fight the urge to blow it off as “I’m never wrong.” Seriously: what if there is a global warming problem? What if the government passing anti-gun laws really does make people sitting ducks for criminals? What if we don’t have enough unbiased data on either topic to form a conclusion? Imagine how much progress we could make if we spent our time looking for the solution rather than looking for the next scathing attack.

    Most of all, though, be respectful. I don’t think we’re mad at each other; we’re mad at our politicians, and being nasty to each other will not help solve the problem that’s making us mad. We will not see eye-to-eye, but just because we disagree doesn’t make the other person an idiot.

    Again, thanks, Ben, for realizing that not all of us Texans are wing nuts — right or left. For those reading, thank you for your time, and I hope (perhaps too optimistically) that I’ll see more productive chatting on here.

    *I searched the thesaurus, but I could not find a word that better conveyed the way I view recent legislation: utterly contemptible and worthless.

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