Candorville by Darrin Bell


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  1. PianoGuy24

    PianoGuy24 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Problem with that is, that every time you would get a higher-paying job, the Libs go and raise the National Debt Limit again. It’s hitting a brick wall. Pretty soon everyone will need a minimum $500/hr job just to make it month to month….then they’d raise it again.

  2. Robina  Fox

    Robina Fox said, almost 3 years ago

    So the parents would cut back on unnecessary expenses, but they’d be bad parents if they stopped feeding their children and taking them to the doctor just so they could continue with their foreign travel, expensive parties, and gambling.

  3. James Lindley

    James Lindley GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    If the increased taxes would go towards paying off the debt, but politicians don’t think the way you and I do. Their idea of spending cuts is cutting the amount of the increase they originally wanted.

  4. Varnes

    Varnes said, almost 3 years ago

    Rabina, excellent metaphor…I salute you….Couldn’t be put better….

  5. trainman71350

    trainman71350 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    And we know there are plenty of them around. Get real.

  6. Ottodesu

    Ottodesu said, almost 3 years ago

    The premise of the strip works for me.
    You can only cut expenses back so far, you really need to find better ways to make more money.
    In the USA you folks will have a real problem with that, because you believe your Government is not allowed to run a profitable enterprise because that’s socialism, so the only way it can make money is by taxes, and you all seem to hate taxes because that’s socialism and anti-libertarian.
    Genuinely wish you the best of luck Dear Friends, because I’m not sure how you are going to finally eradicate GWB’s debts.

  7. cdward

    cdward said, almost 3 years ago

    We can cut expenses and raise revenue. The problem is that where liberals would like to cut expenses – the biggest cash-sucking section of the government, i.e., the military – is a sacred cow for conservatives. Our military costs are higher than virtually all other countries combined. We could cut it in half and still have the biggest military in the world. Of course, there are trillions we owe from wars that were not included in the budget under GWB (giving the illusion of more in control budgets, the costs of which were then added in when a new president came into office, giving the illusion that he had added those costs). So, let’s cut military spending, bring all troops home from bases around the world. Then, we can ALSO raise taxes on the wealthiest because it’s our country and their ownership of congress that changed the rules allowing their income to explode over the last thirty years while their employees stagnate or fall backward. Taxes unearned income at the same rate of earned income – it doesn’t help manufacturing anyway and doesn’t add to the economy. Oh, and finally start taxing corporations again. Some of the biggest, highest earning corporations pay nothing or next to it. Those few things would do a lot to work toward balance. None of it would be acceptable to a con.

  8. puddleglum1066

    puddleglum1066 said, almost 3 years ago

    Faulty metaphor in panel two: “If the government were a household…” Well, guess what—it’s not. And, as Nobel-Prize-winning economists have repeatedly pointed out, this matters. Economic strategies that make good sense for a household lead to disaster when pursued by a nation, and vice-versa.

  9. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, almost 3 years ago


    Sounds about right . . .

  10. activist1234

    activist1234 said, almost 3 years ago

    I volunteered, as usual, at the local food pantry this morning. We had twice the usual number of clients seeking food.

  11. QuietStorm27

    QuietStorm27 said, almost 3 years ago

    The problem is what conservatives consider unnecessary expenses. They can fly around the world, give yacht parties and have more cars than anyone needs which I don’t have a problem with if you have the money, but they need to walk in the shoes of someone who can’t find a job to pay regular utilities and buy food. I’m not talking about the people who sit on their butts and won’t try but the ones who can either work or go to school and are doing the best they can with what they have. Is it wrong for those people to get a little help?

  12. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, almost 3 years ago


    It is fun to blame the military for our deficit, but if we eliminated the defense completely, we would still have something like $ of deficit.
    Further, we probably SHOULD have somebody guarding the nukes even if we ignore all treaty obligations

  13. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, almost 3 years ago

    It doesn’t matter what the debt limit is if we are not determined to reach and pass it.
    Spending more than $1,000,000,000,000 per year more we take in shakes confidence in those dollars. The only way to pay that debt off without exta income or reduced outgo is printing more money. That will eventually drive home the fact all money is imaginary.
    And yes, that process drives inflation or it always has.

  14. Tom from NC

    Tom from NC GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    It is interesting that if you take the expense of the war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan away, the USA would have just about the same debt that it had in 1999.
    It makes me boil that the Iraq war was built on lies, has weakened Iran’s old enemy to uselessness, and (although things were really bad before in Iraq) has not improved the situation despite the devoted efforts of thousands of Americans and others. And it has increased US debt.

  15. paytonb

    paytonb said, almost 3 years ago

    Or they could try actually being responsible and intelligent about it and doing both… of course our government is neither. Sadly although this is re-treaded strip today.. it will always hold true.

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