Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau

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  1. NebulousRikulau

    NebulousRikulau GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! And we have a winner!

  2. ANQuixote

    ANQuixote said, over 3 years ago

    Remember what?

  3. Thirdguy

    Thirdguy said, over 3 years ago

    Uhm, Mr President, Carl Rove is on the line, and he sounds a little upset!!

  4. Anthony 2816

    Anthony 2816 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Excellent call, and completely accurate.

    The average American (idiot) voter has completely forgotten it was you that bailed out the bankers.

  5. Just4Kixx

    Just4Kixx said, over 3 years ago

    And the automakers.

  6. Sandfan

    Sandfan GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Trudeau must have missed all the news stories about the bailed out companies repaying the TARP funds. As of last month, the net cost of the program is estimated to be $30 billion. The original cost estimate was estimated at $356 billion.

    There was certainly fraud, mis-management, and outright thievery associated with the program, but on the whole it seems to achieved its purpose.

    I seem to remember from high school social studies that the legislative branch, not the executive, passes laws. If it was Bush’s idea, then a majority of a Democratic Congress seems to have felt that it was a good one.

  7. 3hourtour

    3hourtour GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    …and I thought the W. guys would take what the legislative branch made and say..well that’s your interpretation of the law you just passed…this is how we see it…or as I call it..wiping your..er…nose..on the Constitution…

  8. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 3 years ago

    You’re right, Sandfan, it WAS a good idea. Or at least, a good half-idea. Saving the financial system from collapse was a bargain at the final cost.

    The only problem with it was the lack of prosecution against those responsible, those who recklessly gambled with and lost hundreds of billions that were not their own.

    Gamble with your own money, fine. Gamble with my money after telling me with great authority that I was making a good investment with little or no risk, and then walking away considerably richer yourself … and that is fraud.

    Well, as usual, Ambrose Bierce said it best:

    Amnesty, n. The magnanimity of the state toward those offenders it would be too expensive to punish.

  9. TexTech

    TexTech said, over 3 years ago

    The problem Sandfan is not that Mr. Trudeau missed the news. I am very sure he knows money is being repaid. Instead, he is speaking of the masses of voters who saw billions of dollars being used to save “crooks.” Unfortunately, most of them do not have the smarts to put the payback in with the payout to see it has the potential to be a good deal. They only see the outgo and blamed the Democrats. That is part of the anger that fueled this last election. Sadly, most American voters just cannot connect the dots as you have done.

  10. fbjsr

    fbjsr said, over 3 years ago

    The average American (idiot) voter —-American voters just cannot connect the dots—-most of them do not have the smarts– Do you guys ever listen to yourselfs? I am happy that you are so much smarter than everyone else. You must all be billionaires by now.

  11. person918

    person918 said, over 3 years ago

    yes, that would be an example of self-serving bias as explained here: http://youarenotsosmart.com/2009/10/20/self-serving-bias/

    I am, of course, one of very few people who do not suffer from this phenomenon (<joke)

  12. saw4fire

    saw4fire said, over 3 years ago

    Let’s see. Jimmy Carter started Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (mistake). Bill Clinton vastly expanded both (bigger mistake). Barney Frank and Chris Dodd urged them to make loans to people who were less likely to repay (biggest mistake).

    TARP was a mistake. The stimulus was a bigger mistake. QE2 is now the biggest mistake.

    There’s enough blame to go around.

    The real lesson to be learned here is that if you really want to screw up the economy, get government involved.

  13. Neocon

    Neocon said, over 3 years ago

    The posting by fbjsr captures in a nutshell the neolibs’ arrogance. The only trait to add (see my profile) is their childish habit—encouraged by Trudeau—-of blaming our unhappy state on Bush. As Sandfan notes, Bush and Paulson merely dreamed up TARP. It was Obama (for whom many of us voted) who implemented TARP.

    When TARP initially fell flat as Bush was leaving the office, Obama and his lieutenants (Summers, Geithner, Bernanke) came to the rescue and bought the bad MBS’s from the banksters AT FACE VALUE. As a result, the banks were made whole again by money that the Fed created out of thin air.

    That worked so well that Bernanke has announced another round of wealth creation twice the size of TARP ($1.4 trillion over the next year). Obama’s budget gives political cover to this shell game by projecting a recovery that will increase revenues and reduce the deficit—-the same kind of projections that Clinton and G.W. Bush made to justify spending.

    You can see why many of us were not eager to shield Obama and the Pelosi gang from the wrath of the Tea Partiers. I called them politically incoherent, but I can’t see anybody else who’s ready to take on Bernanke and his banksters, who are no less dear to Republicans than they are to the president (“some of the smartest guys I know,” Obama called them while defending TARP).

  14. SCAATY_423

    SCAATY_423 said, over 3 years ago

    person918: Thanks for the link – that’s one of the most stimulating, valuable web sites I’ve ever seen. Of course, like you, I already knew all that stuff…. :)

    Seriously, the great misfortune is that those who most need to get the message are the least likely to bother, and the most likely to reject it angrily if they do.

  15. Orion

    Orion said, over 3 years ago

    Ah, loving this…once again: “It’s ALL BUSH’S FAULT!”

    Orion

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