Clay Bennett by Clay Bennett

Clay Bennett

Comments (21) (Please sign in to comment)

  1. feverjr

    feverjr said, almost 5 years ago

    Clay, I had never noticed that % sign before…explains a lot.

  2. cjr53

    cjr53 said, almost 5 years ago

    Agreed, that’s truly the republican way.

  3. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 5 years ago

    Think tax breaks and corporations, I also just noticed the % sign, had to blow up the toon.

  4. walruscarver2000

    walruscarver2000 said, almost 5 years ago

    Strange, I thought the perpose of the union was to “Provide for the common good”. I’m sure I read that somewhere.

  5. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, almost 5 years ago

    @Walrus: Yep, they call that the ‘good and plenty" clause. But here is what it says:

    Preamble: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

    Also the "powers’ of congress say: “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;”

    At the time – according to constitutional scholars – “welfare” means: "Welfare
    welfare n. 1. health, happiness, or prosperity; well-being. [<ME wel faren, to fare well] Source: AHD

    Welfare in today’s context also means organized efforts on the part of public or private organizations to benefit the poor, or simply public assistance. This is not the meaning of the word as used in the Constitution."

    So yes, the government is to “promote” the general welfare of it’s citizens and can levy taxes for that end. But that does not mean that you give people money to live on but that they create an environment where the individual has the opportunity to work at a chosen task and support himself.

  6. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 5 years ago

    “Welfare” meant well-being, and survival. The founding fathers didn’t WANT debtor prisons, or people being “criminals” for being poor, thus “general welfare” didn’t mean specifically a check, but it DID mean they didn’t intend folks, even slaves and indentured servants, be just kicked to the curb to die. And, yes ONLY property owners and males were allowed to vote or hold office as “citizens”, but gee, our country “grew up” and developed higher standards of “civility”. Well, not so much the extreme right, who even Eisenhower wouldn’t recognize as “Americans” intend on preserving freedom, and justice for all.

  7. walruscarver2000

    walruscarver2000 said, almost 5 years ago


    And why would we collect taxes for the general welfare if not to provide for the needs of the people? Seems to me there are few needs more basic than food.

  8. rhhsch

    rhhsch GoComics PRO Member said, almost 5 years ago

    Unum %= one percent, right?

  9. Yammo

    Yammo GoComics PRO Member said, almost 5 years ago

    HAHAHAHA!!! Legend status!!

  10. Joelle Baker

    Joelle Baker said, almost 5 years ago

    The United States of America. The title is becoming a joke. To keep it Strong and True the American people have to rise up and take it back. We did it with Great Britain and its time to do it again. We need to take our great country from big business and greedy politicians.

  11. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, almost 5 years ago

    @Walrus: You know, I agree with you right? We DO need to make sure that citizens have the basic necessities of life. But, you can not just give every body everything they want and not expect to run out of the means to provide it. My one and only problem is that this country doesn’t BUDGET. That’s right. Find out how much you have on hand and use that amount to provide for the “general welfare” which would include the common defense. So yes, the “warriors” among us put a higher premium on defense and seem to think that we are under attack from all quarters all the time. War is expensive and Obama is moving in the right direction by shutting them down. But that is only 20% of the expenses in our country large as it is.

    If this country is to continue, then the people in charge (read the rich) need to find a goal and put people to work. The more that work the more taxes you get. The more taxes you get the more silly stuff you can fund without having to borrow from other countries to do it.

    We could feed the world.

    We could explore and develop space.

    We could develop the alternative energy that we will need sometime in the future.

    We could do these things in a cooperative way with the rest of the world.

    But no, we fight and spit and claw at each other to remain in “power” or to “control” others. It’s always been this way. No matter what government has been tried it is always about control of the masses and who has the most toys.

    If you continue on this road it leads only to destruction. And I suspect that when the human race is no more “GOD” will continue on and in time (which is nothing to one who lives forever) there will emerge another life form that may be intelligent enough to understand that:

    Love is all you need and you Reap what you sow.

  12. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 5 years ago

    While “charity” is a nice concept, when folks pay more (I’d use “give”, but it’s mandatory for many) to their religion than to support their nation, the nation’s books are hard to balance.

  13. walruscarver2000

    walruscarver2000 said, almost 5 years ago


    “Faith, hope and charity, but the greatest of these is…Naw, that can’t be right?

  14. walruscarver2000

    walruscarver2000 said, almost 5 years ago


    I have lived and worked in this country for many years and I can think of no occassion in which anyone gave me or any one with whom I was aquainted “everything they want”. If you would care to tell me where and when this magical event occurs, I’ll be very glad to witnerss it…maybe even participate. (I’ve always wanted a pony.)

  15. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, almost 5 years ago

    @Walrus: LOL, no pony? What a shame. Dude, that is the point. You can not give people everything they want. Why? because they always want more. Now, we can help people achieve their goals in life but that will never happen when they are sitting at home waiting for a check.

    If you look at the spending habits of our congress, the list of items that are added to bills so that federal money is given back to a congressman’s district, PORK as it is refereed to you witness the attitude that I speak of. Bridges that go nowhere, airports that serve no one, endowments and grants for things like the study to improve hygiene in African males who engage in sexual activity, or a study to see why adolescent males view pornography and so on. WTF? We need to stop some of this stuff and redirect the funds to caring for the old and infirm maybe.

  16. Load the rest of the comments (6).