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  1. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, over 3 years ago

    Mitt Romney’s (remember him) Superpac calls this a flip flop.
    I call it dealing with reality. They need to battle the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, and other rich Republicans.

  2. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago

    Rockn is right. The tours have been closed as a very visible cost saving measure. Apparently, ANYONE who enters the White House for a tour gets a Secret Service quick check and guards, extra SS, tour guides, and other service providers have to be compensated for the time with tourists.
    The donors seeking access – and let’s call them what they are – LOBBYISTS – are paying a “self tax” for the opportunity to talk to the President. While this has gone on for decades, if not centuries, in our nation, Citizen’s United has made worse and more prevalent than ever. It would be better if these people seeking access would hire 10 workers at 50k apiece, or some other “job creating” event.
    It is distasteful, and in my opinion, wrong. Congressmen spend 4-6 hours a day in a building near the Capital building where, instead of doing the people’s business to move our nation forward, they make calls to political donors. This is just a matter of visibility and degree. Both parties are doing this and both parties are wrong to do so.

  3. eepatt

    eepatt said, over 3 years ago

    Why don’t you tell us what Acorn did that was wrong or illegal? Because you can’t. You should check out the lies before you repeat them.

  4. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 3 years ago


    Rocky, my brother, please. “Battle” the Koch brothers by prostituting the office of the president?

    I agree that each side should have the same advantages when it comes to raising campaign contributions. It is a conflict of interest for the President to use his position to do that. Something you will overlook for Obama but will condemn Bush for (IMO they are both wrong but the SCOTUS disagrees).

    And the “optics”. What? Destroying the plans of children across the nation, children that have work hard to earn the cash to make the trip specifically for the chance to tour the white house and view history first hand BUT selling access to those with deep pockets who are willing to contribute large sums to your collection agency of the democrat party. It’s shameful. And you are one of the first to complain about the out of control lobbyists and their influence on Policy.

    Further, Obama – in his 2008 litany of change – said unequivocally that “lobbyist” would have no place in his administration. Who are these people BUT corporations vying for political favors?

    He’s “fundamentally transforming” America into something that is NOT American.

  5. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago


    “Why don’t you tell us what Acorn did that was wrong or illegal? Because you can’t. You should check out the lies before you repeat them.”

    Perhaps you have forgotten the videos released in September of 2009. Although heavily edited, they leave little doubt that ACORN employees gave advice on how to engage in prostitution including the prostitution of under age girls. I would definitely call that wrong.

    As for illegal, When the courts reviewed the entirety of the tapes they decided that the advice given was not illegal and I concur with them. Is someone to be found guilty of a crime for telling someone that if they want to hold up a convenience store, get a gun? I don’t think so.

  6. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, over 3 years ago

    Let’s face it. If President Obama was still giving tours, you haters would be railing against spending money on tours.

  7. sclark55

    sclark55 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    This matter says a lot about our govt, but of all the things this Prez has done, this – ruining people’s vacation plans among other things – best demonstrates his childish pettiness. He’ll go down in history as President Petty. It’s revolting that we have such a self-centered, vengeful man in the White House.

  8. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago


    Using the same reason you give for battling the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson, conservatives probably believe that they are battling George Soros and the wealthy Hollywood liberals. I wish there was some way to get this kind of money out of politics.

  9. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago

    Hello Scott,
    On your first point, I know it isn’t a tax – that is why I put self tax in quotations. I identify the people paying the money as lobbyists and even said the money would be better spent on hiring people who need jobs. Reports say the funds to be raised will be used in the 2014 elections to advance candidates who will support his programs.
    On the second point…Started what? I accused both parties for a long tradition of spending more time catering to donors than working for their electorate and noted that CU has made this situation worse. Did you mean something else?
    On the third point, I understand the implied intent of CU, but how it has been put into practice has given voice to a very small number of people.
    9% of our citizens control 90% of the money available and they are sitting on that money in order to protect their businesses and to invest in candidates who will, they hope, pass legislation favorable to their goals. I can certainly join with 100 other citizens, but I will still not have as much money as a Soros, or a Koch.
    Thank you for the tone of your reply. I look forward to our continuing discussion.

  10. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Oh please. You all are getting so wrapped up in partisan bull shit you have lost touch with reality. Obama’s staff thought closing the tours would be a dramatic illustration of the “catastrophic” effects of the sequester and it back fired on them. Just a cursory glance on the web and you come up with pages of stories about Fox news anchors offering to pick up the tab for the tours, of course getting no response from the White House. Focus here, it’s a 2% cut in the GROWTH of spending next year. Get some perspective, politicians of both parties blanch at cutting any kind of spending because sooner or later it will impact their political realm and that’s a politicians greatest nightmare.

    Obama’s continual campaigning on this issue failed and the American people are sick of the political wrangling over government spending. His poll numbers dropped over this issue and my wish would be Obama and congress could quit screwing around playing political games and responsibly deal with this spending issue. The waste and fraud alone that has been pointed out by a myriad of congressional committees and budget “watch dog” groups have identified billions that could be cut. It’s a hell of a lot more than what it costs for tours of the White House.

  11. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    “Why don’t you tell us what Acorn did that was wrong or illegal?”

    Let’s see, a short list is repeated charges of voter fraud, giving advice on conducting illegal activities, sued by their employees for non-payment of wages, ex-directors testifying on fraudulent use of funds, etc, etc… I have no idea of the “political correctness” of the link I listed but the web is full of them.

  12. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 3 years ago


    Although Citizens United gives citizens the right to band together to lobby, it is impractical to do so. First off, there has to be a heirarchy and responsibilities doled out, and the citizens may not be able to agree on small bits. Also, even if you have 100 people in your group, the amount of money each will need to pony up for production costs, air time, and legal representation will be prohibitive.

    Although in theory it levels the playing field, in practice it gives those with unlimited funds the ability to campaign incessently in print and through other media. There is no accountability, since no one needs to be identified. Marketing people know how to twist words to make us feel good about things we should feel bad about (example, “clean coal”; see if you can find anything like that). And if we don’t know who’s behind it we can’t be sure whether they’re really on our side.

    Also, this is not limited to Americans. China can produce ads that implore us to pursue policies that will continue to ship jobs there. Radical Islamists could use the process to promote how peaceful and trustworthy they can be, and on and on.

    I submit that there is much more abuse potential by large-moneyed interest than there is ability for ordinary citizens to affect change. Overall, Citizens United is an insult to “people”, and a travesty of law. Talk about legislating from the bench…

    @ many others:

    As far as ACORN is concerned, I don’t know everything, and don’t pretend to. However, regarding the guy who made and doctored the tapes (the same one getting arrested for voter fraud by trying to prove he can commit voter fraud), the ACORN guy who “helped” him determine how to best market his prostitute did what he was told to do when illegal activity was suggested: he kept them talking, learned all he could, and then called the cops when they left, telling them all he knew. That’s how they found this guy as early as he did. So at least some of the ACORN mess is manufactured.

  13. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, over 3 years ago

    Acorn is having the last laugh. The Acorn employee Juan Carlos Vera won $100,000 and an 11 word apology because in CA it is illegal to tape someone without his or her knowledge.
    You DO know that Acorn hasn’t existed for 3 years?

  14. disgustedtaxpayer

    disgustedtaxpayer said, over 3 years ago

    Selling Access is not statesman-type behaviour for any president…Wm Clinton or B.Obama. It should be a prosecuted crime, IMO.
    the point of this Bok cartoon, IMO, is that while Obama’s only White House “cut” was the tours for the public of the White House, saving $74,000 a week, the Obama family continue living without “cuts” in expenses and continue costly travel, one trip to Florida to play golf with Tiger cost $millions and Obama keeps using the taxpayers’ Credit Cards!!!

  15. sclark55

    sclark55 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Hmm – $74k/week. I agree with disgustedtaxpayer’s points whole-heartedly, but I’m just curious about that figure s/he was given – does that include salaries – of people still employed? Such figures usually do. I heard most of the people who actually work in the tour office were volunteers; are we talking about the salaries of security people? And if so were they laid off to actually save anything?
    Again, just curious about that dollar amount.

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