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  1. Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Hang in their GOP!!!!

    Some of us think you are heros.

    I blame Obama and Reid for this shutdown. Their unwillingness to compromise shows a distinct misunderstanding of how the Government is supposed to work.

    The Majority don’t get their way just because they have more votes. There are real limits to the power of government in this country and the Repulicans are exercising their right to point out those limits.

  2. ivison.bedard

    ivison.bedard said, about 3 years ago

    Amen…Of course, In my mind they are sitting on the Democratic Socialist, Of course.

  3. Enoki

    Enoki said, about 3 years ago

    Give Obamacare another week and people in OTHER countries will start hating it too!

  4. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 3 years ago

    Illegal bill???

  5. Obviously_Wrong

    Obviously_Wrong said, about 3 years ago

    Stay put! Health care is a luxury, not a right. If others do not want to contribute to sending money my way through our monetary-market system then “f” ’em.

  6. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 3 years ago

    “There is (sic) already arguments over if illegal aliens should be covered.”

    From the PPACA:

    (3) ACCESS LIMITED TO LAWFUL RESIDENTS.—If an individual is not, or is not reasonably expected to be for the entire period for which enrollment is sought, a citizen or national of the United States or an alien lawfully present in the United States, the individual shall not be treated as a qualified individual and may not be covered under a qualified health plan in the individual market that is offered through an Exchange.


    shall shall[shal; unstressed shuhl] Show IPA
    3. (in laws, directives, etc.) must; is or are obliged to: The meetings of the council shall be public.

    may [mey]
    1.(used to express possibility): It may rain.

    The part “….and may not be covered….” may seem like an innocuous phrase but (to me) is one of those flaws in the PPACA. Was the word “may” instead of “shall” used to make it possible for illegal aliens to be covered under some circumstances or a common mistake by the author of this section of the law in using “may” instead of “shall”? This is not nitpicking. In law, there is a huge difference between “may” and “shall”.

    I am expressing neither agreement nor opposition to illegal alien coverage in this post. I am showing an example of a mess that the PPACA may have created if illegal alien advocacy groups get ahold of and run with the use of “may” instead of “shall” in our courts.

  7. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Totally agree. The usual “conservative” posters are still having their tantrums.

  8. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 3 years ago

    Mr. Boehnor is, according to many sources, the only person preventing a vote on the shut down. He states adamantly that no republican will support ending the shut down, but if this is so, why does he not permit a vote so Americans can see who is being heroic, as Mephistopheles suggests above.
    Is it because if he is right voters will know who voted to keep the shutdown in place, and then start looking for someone to replace that person in 2014? Or is it because he doesn’t want the shutdown to end until he gets another 90% of what he wants like he did in 2010? Whatever the case, Mr. Boehnor is the only one preventing the vote and while this makes him a hero to some, it clearly identifies him as an obstructionist and perhaps, even a coward. Because, what I really think he fears, is many more than 17 Republicans are moderate enough to vote to end the shutdown. And if that happen, his legacy will be cemented as the worst Speaker in US history. We need heroes. There are few clearly visible in Washington DC or State Gov’ts in our nation.

  9. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    And Boehner is now suppressing a Congressional vote on the debt ceiling unless he gets more cuts. Same ol’ same-o – this is how Republicans “negotiate”, even as the deficit is being rapidly reduced.

  10. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, about 3 years ago


  11. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, about 3 years ago

    Please do not emulate onguard here. To be fair and impartial (even though I agree with your views in general) I had to flag your cartoon efforts just as I do onguards. If the management of this site does not stop this trend, then this site will eventually become just as chaotic as our Congress is now!!

  12. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, about 3 years ago

    First the trolls take over the House and now they’ve overrun the Go Comics comments forum! What’s a person to do??

  13. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 3 years ago

    I’ve heard Mr. Boehnor say this.
    Let’s prove that he’s right. Put the bill to a vote and count the votes.
    Mr. Boehnor’s definition of fairness and who the “American People” actually are might also be decided in such a vote.
    He has the power to show all of America who is for keeping the shutdown in place until the ACA is overturned, and who is against it.
    Thank you for the reply, Harley, but it doesn’t resolve that question.

  14. lonecat

    lonecat said, about 3 years ago


    Enoki said, “Give Obamacare another week and people in OTHER countries will start hating it too!” Well, of course people in other countries would hate it, since it would be real step backwards from the universal coverage all the other industrial countries provide. You’d have a revolt on your hands if you tried to institute Obamacare in Canada.

  15. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 3 years ago

    Harley, you have a first Amendment right to say what you please. I just wish you wouldn’t deal in absolutes and statements based on innuendo and opinion rather than objective facts. There is nothing I can say that will open your mind and no link I can provide you will believe as you think that I am dealing in innuendo and opinion rather than objective facts.
    However, I do thank you for talking instead of using insults and one line jabs.
    I will simply repeat that if Mr. Boehnor permits the senate bill, a bill passed by 100% of the senate, to go to a vote, and it does not pass, I will be more open to seeing what kind of compromises can be offered. You already know I consider the ACA to be flawed, but I am still adamant it needs to be repaired, not junked.
    I’m sorry we can’t agree on either the vote or repairing the ACA. I still would like to hear your options to reduce healthcare costs for our hospitals, states, and nation.

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