Candorville by Darrin Bell


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  1. David MCQueen

    David MCQueen GoComics PRO Member said, almost 5 years ago

    Seriously, Darrin . . . If there’s a flat tax, say 10% on income, then the guy making $50,000 pays $5,000 in taxes. The guy making $500,000 pays $50,000 in taxes. Why is that so difficult to understand? Oh, I get it: You don’t think the guy making $50,000 should be making less than the guy making $500,000 so you’d take 90% of the rich guy’s money and give it to the poor guy. In your little utopia, that would be “fair”, because the poor guy now has $500,000 and the rich guy has $50,000. It makes sense to the socialists.

  2. tim the wizard

    tim the wizard said, almost 5 years ago

    Why do I feel like I’m at a debate? Darrin does a good job of explaining marginal tax rates (the ones we have) and David does a good job of explaining flat rates (which we don’t have). Then for some reason David gets all upset and starts with the “S” word?

  3. Finbar Gurdy

    Finbar Gurdy said, almost 5 years ago

    He saw he word “Communist” and it immediately turned on his right wing blinders. Did you forget that anything they think they don’t approve of is Communist or Socialist…. Rush taught them that trick.

  4. Luciamari333391

    Luciamari333391 said, almost 5 years ago

    @David MCQueen

    Seriously, David, don’t you realize that the 1% pay less percentage wise than a teacher or waiter? B/c they have priorities: paying accounts to keep them in business by cheating the democracy they owe so much to? Like infrastructure to get their goods to market and schools to educate thier employees? STOP reading funnies, they are too far above your grade level!

  5. Luciamari333391

    Luciamari333391 said, almost 5 years ago

    Wisdom, too bad swine, like D. MCQ above, cannot appreciate pearls of wisdom.

  6. Ken Collier

    Ken Collier GoComics PRO Member said, almost 5 years ago

    Anyone else concerned that a comic strip explains our tax code more accurately than anything we get from the news media?

  7. Andy

    Andy said, almost 5 years ago

    McQ—nobody’s saying take it from the rich guy and GIVE it to the poor guy; they’re saying take it from both, and use it to pay cops and teachers, to pave streets, to re-build crumbling infrastructure that we ALL will benefit from. See how that’s different from a parrot point Fox has been force-feeding you?

  8. fogey

    fogey said, almost 5 years ago

    “Marginal” tax rate is the rate one pays ABOVE a certain income; below that income, the rate is lower. When Reagan worked in the film industry, his marginal rate above $1,000,000 was 94%. When he complained later, a friend said, “I never thought you were that good an actor”. (in those days, a million $ was a lot of money.)

  9. SCAATY_423

    SCAATY_423 said, almost 5 years ago


    A million dollars is still a lot of money…just to different people. To most of us, it always will be.

  10. Lynxreign

    Lynxreign said, almost 5 years ago

    Well put Mr. Bell. A great job of describing a number-heavy concept in a visual medium. Sadly, as the first comment shows, some people just won’t read.

  11. Neo Blakkrstal

    Neo Blakkrstal said, almost 5 years ago


    Speaking as one of the working poor I can honestly say I am vehemently opposed to a flat tax on the grounds that I am barely making it now, I often have to choose which necessities I am going to pay for in a given pay period and which ones I am going to let go until another. I have no savings and forget about retirement, we live paycheck to paycheck. Currently I don’t have federal taxes taken out because of my deduction level and I get back everything that I do pay in plus EIC. If the tax system were changed to a flat tax my family and I would not make it. We would be living in a cardboard box under a viaduct somewhere. The flat tax is just another way to demand even more from the poor. But, I guess we can always “Let them eat cake.”

  12. LameRandomName

    LameRandomName said, almost 5 years ago


    No they don’t.

  13. LameRandomName

    LameRandomName said, almost 5 years ago


    Where in the Constitution does it say that the FEDERAL government is supposed to be funding local items?

  14. Agingstoner

    Agingstoner said, almost 5 years ago

    @David MCQueen

    Read the comic, idiot.

  15. notinksanymore

    notinksanymore GoComics PRO Member said, almost 5 years ago

    My reasons for wanting everyone in the country to have equal access to quality education, healthcare and employment have nothing to do with feeling sorry for the poor. Educated, healthy, well-fed people are less likely to commit violent crimes. Taking care of the poor benefits me and makes me safer in my own home/society. I am not basing this claim on statistics, but rather on two years of working on criminal cases. I’m not saying people from higher income levels never commit crimes of violence, but the “have-nots” are far and above more likely to shoot somebody over a watch or even a loaf of bread. I want to narrow the gap for my own good, not for theirs!

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