Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau


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  1. Linguist

    Linguist said, almost 4 years ago

    Ah, executive greed almost reared it’s ugly head !

  2. Bruno Zeigerts

    Bruno Zeigerts said, almost 4 years ago

    And civil servant, postal service…

  3. John Pike

    John Pike said, almost 4 years ago

    Since greed has been the dominant topic this week, I thought I might share this from a post on FaceBook.

    Only when the last tree is cut, only when the last river is polluted, only when the last fish is caught, will they realize that you can’t eat money. –Native American proverb

    I was moved by this. Such a simple, yet, powerful thought.


  4. CasualObserver

    CasualObserver said, almost 4 years ago

    @John Pike

    Thank you…I had never seen that. It is Capitalism in a nutshell. And it is bi-partisan.

  5. Q4horse

    Q4horse said, almost 4 years ago

    There will be no education if nobody gets paid. No profit, no gain. Profit is the driver of innovation.

  6. bagbalm

    bagbalm said, almost 4 years ago

    Better hurry – the student loan racket is in a bubble, defaults climbing, and may come apart soon.

  7. Astolat

    Astolat said, almost 4 years ago

    Remind me, how is Zipper currently getting his fees and living costs met? Is this the beginning of an arc that sees him having to go out and actually earn a living…?!

  8. Larry

    Larry said, almost 4 years ago

    I resent that part of military intelligence. Under hashish, I used to come up with some very intelligent intelligence

  9. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, almost 4 years ago


    True, but it is simple-minded to think that the profit motive untempered with ethics produces only good. The profit motive inspires most crime. Even when the laws are obeyed, competition drives down wages, and encourages the cutting of corners. Many an employer would love to pay his people better, but has to compete with people who don’t. Resources are destroyed. A book dealer here destroys rare illustrated books centuries old: he could sell them at a profit, but there is even more money in selling them one page at a time at a time to unwitting people who want to frame the illustrations and maps for their walls. Land is purchased, “resources” are “extracted” and the land is ruined for other uses for generations to come, and the surrounding region is effected too. But unless the law requires otherwise the profit-motive ignores ideas of stewardship. History has demonstrated this over and over. The profit-motive drives a company to push for “innovative” legislation that favors it, no matter what the effect on others. It is not that businessmen are evil, or even unethical, they behave the way the competition and need for profit dictates, and if they don’t they don’t keep their jobs. Unless the public and public institutions prevent it.

    The profit motive is good, competition is good, and “free” markets are good. But without laws, and law enforcement (i.e. rules and regulation), bad practices drive out good, and all are driven to the lowest common denominator.

  10. neatslob

    neatslob said, almost 4 years ago


    It used to be that the majority of business owners wanted to make a comfortable living while contributing something useful to society. Now they just want to get rich and they don’t care if they do anything useful or not.

  11. Potrzebie

    Potrzebie said, almost 4 years ago

    I wonder if GBT has anything about the sequester in the works?

  12. thebird55

    thebird55 said, almost 4 years ago


    So, you were,,,,,,(ahem)…….highly intelligent?

  13. StCleve72

    StCleve72 said, almost 4 years ago


    When was this?

    I’m quote Walt Whitman from the mid 1800’s:

    Here and there with dimes on the eyes walking, To feed the greed of the belly the brains liberally spooning,
    Tickets buying, taking, selling, but in to the feast never once going,Many sweating, ploughing, thrashing, and then the chaff for payment receiving,
    A few idly owning, and they the wheat continually claiming.

    I think you may be romanticizing the past just a bit, I could be wrong, but I think greed and selfishness have always been with us in abundance.

  14. Kaffekup

    Kaffekup said, almost 4 years ago

    @John Pike

    Excellent Native American quote, John Pike!
    As for President King (I think his name went to his head), “Sure, you get it started, but don’t be too surprised when we bring in someone cheaper to run it.”

  15. puddleglum1066

    puddleglum1066 said, almost 4 years ago

    @John Pike

    I have this idea for an update to “Atlas Shrugged” along these lines—a story in which the people who actually create wealth (as opposed to those who sit in corner offices and divert said wealth into their own pockets and offshore accounts) rise up (in their own subtle, nerdy way)… and one morning, the Masters of the Universe log in to check their balances, only to find a note along the lines of “Your wealth was never anything more than bits in a database. We created those bits, we created the wealth those bits represent… and we have taken that wealth to create a better world for the people who actually do useful work. Count your bits as much as you wish… but know, they are no longer exchangeable for actual wealth.”

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