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Gary Varvel

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  1. hanmari

    hanmari said, over 4 years ago

    Yup, ever since our elected representatives in Congress hijacked the funds for these social programs to pretend to balance their budgets, deficits have been popping up all over. Their runaway spending and borrowing is the real problem, and having to pay for obligations that that have stolen all the cash out of will come to haunt them right quick.

  2. indieme

    indieme GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    The biggest tap root of all was that tax cut for the rich.

  3. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    Medicare Part D should have its own branch.

  4. ODon

    ODon said, over 4 years ago

    He left out the military because they are needed to protect us…of course protection is why we have been specifically paying into social security and medicare for a number of years. Hmmm

  5. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    Part D should NEGOTIATE PRICES. SS and Medicare taxes may indeed need to be increased, and payouts adjusted to assure “actuarial reality”, but killing the whole crop is stupid. Start taking consideration of the cost of “defense” into the deficit before concluding only social programs carry the blame. (Let’s NOT forget those “tax breaks” either!)

  6. sbwinn

    sbwinn said, over 4 years ago


    The tax cut “for the rich” was peanuts. If you think it was anything compared to entitlement spending, you have no concept of the $$$ involved.

  7. sbwinn

    sbwinn said, over 4 years ago

    Exactly. When someone takes from another to give to someone else you have a victim, a thief, and a moocher. No good comes of it at all. Let people do good of their own free will. The government makes a horrible charity (and an unconstitutional one at that).

  8. indieme

    indieme GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago


    Peanuts? You must be watching too much Fix News. The debt increased more because of those tax cuts than any other spending. Only conservatives believe that bringing home less bacon feeds more mouths.

  9. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 4 years ago

    Social security can be fixed by simply raising the limit on the income, making it it progressive rather than regressive. One stroke, one pen. Only Republicans standing in the way of solvency.

  10. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 4 years ago

    Funny you should mention negotiating part D. The Veteran’s administration managed to negotiate the meds they use. Why couldn’t the Social Security Administration?

    SS is supposed to be a trust fund funded by 12.6% (I think) of gross pay. That includes employer contribution. The government has borrowed it into empty and is having to pay benefits from current income instead of accumulated funds.

  11. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 4 years ago


    It is peanuts. If you take ALL the wealth of the billionaires and redistribute it evenly to 350 million Americans the amount per person is still peanuts.

  12. cjr53

    cjr53 said, over 4 years ago

    No worse than that, some of us are republicans.

  13. PlainBill

    PlainBill said, over 4 years ago


    One of the big lies of the mentally challenged. Social Security and Medicare are funded through involuntary worker and employer contributions. Social Security is paid for through the next 4 decades at the present rate of contributions. Medicare isn’t nearly so healthy, in part due to it’s inability to inhibit the rising costs of the medical industry. Anyone who pretends those programs are a drain on the budget is nothing but a thief, and should be treated as such.

    The big problem of these programs and taxpayer funded Medicaid is they are not allowed to negotiate costs. Honest people would have to look no farther than the Veterans Administration to see an effective model for controlling medical costs.

  14. PMDj1

    PMDj1 said, over 4 years ago

    I’m beginning to think so.

  15. christinadawn22

    christinadawn22 GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    Everyone should take care of themselves, no government hand-outs to anyone!! Period. If you cant afford your life then change it, and don’t have offspring if you cant afford them.

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