Gary Varvel by Gary Varvel

Gary Varvel

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  1. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 3 years ago

    It’s called “the free, global market.” A conservative cartoonist should be able to understand that no amount of new finds of fossil fuels will overcome Asia’s increasing thirst. And Mr. Ima — that comment is just idiotic. Not only has Obama never been a socialist, a socialist would not want gasoline companies setting their own prices (which is the problem illustrated in the cartoon). We know you hate the president. But if you can’t put together a coherent argument, at least consider shutting up?

  2. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, over 3 years ago

    Oil companies are like unelected governments who can raise taxes as they wish, when they wish and without having to shoulder any responsibility for the damage they create.


    Their constituents are people who refuse to give up their cars. Their millionaires are people who drive big guzzlers.

  3. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    I wonder if Rube Goldberg was one of Gary’s heroes.

  4. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, over 3 years ago

    Why bother with his wallet, if you already have his credit card?
    Need his library card? Old movie stubs? Pictures of his kids?

  5. disgustedtaxpayer

    disgustedtaxpayer said, over 3 years ago

    “free global market” my eye!
    Obama’s regime has been 4 years promising 4 more years of doing everything possible by government to prevent private industry producing the domestic in-the-ground oil and natural gas for use by Americans.
    Obama’s treasury is prnting dollars out their wazoo which decreases the value of our wages and incomes and pension plans….causing the rising prices of our basic needs….
    “free global market” means government keeps its handcuffs off producers and sellers.

  6. disgustedtaxpayer

    disgustedtaxpayer said, over 3 years ago

    p.s. this may also be Obama’s Crime and Punishment scheme….you refuse to drive electric vehicles, you suffer the government’s forced consequences.

  7. DavidGBA

    DavidGBA said, over 3 years ago

    Inflation helps reduce the real government debt.

  8. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    @DavidGBA

    It also almost put me in bankruptcy under Carter.

  9. Kylie2112

    Kylie2112 said, over 3 years ago

    @disgustedtaxpayer

    Still cheaper than it was in 2008.

  10. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 3 years ago

    @ARodney

    BUT Arod, perhaps finding and exploiting the fossil fuels we have would level the debt we have to Asia by putting more of our oil into the export market.

    Just a thought

  11. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 3 years ago

    @Chillbilly

    You said that “we” are " people who refuse to give up their cars"

    So then, are you suggesting that we as a people all return to Urban life? Living close to where we work and play to be able to walk or ride a bike to all of our mundane destinations and using MASS TRANSIT for all other travel?

    So how are you going to fund the reconstruction of Urban areas? How will you fund the construction of mass transit? and, finally, with what will you replace the auto with in the GDP? Here is an interesting report>

    www.oesa.org/ Doc-Vault/ Industry-Information-Analysis/ CAR-Economic-Significance-Report.pdf

    It says that more than 1.7 million direct jobs contribute to over 8 million private sector jobs, over 500 billion in personal compensation and over 70 billion a year in tax revenue.

    Yeah, let’s do away with our cars.

  12. warjoski

    warjoski GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Okay, I’m not seeing this one at all. What in Ima’s comment called for this?

  13. disgustedtaxpayer

    disgustedtaxpayer said, over 3 years ago

    1opinion Question…why is production high?
    IMO, whatever the production rate is now is what private industry has done IN SPITE OF OBAMA’S GOVERNMENT HINDRANCES.
    OPEC nations manipulate their production to try to maintain the prices they want.
    Our extended recession is the reason domestic demand is down.

  14. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I love the fact that none of our “right-wing blame Obama” folks have any knowledge of what makes the fossil fuel industry “run”, but will cite Rush at every opportunity. Obama has OPENED exploration on federal lands, NOT “closed” entry, and leases are at a all time high level. That oil companies, as usual, haven’t done anything to work those leases, has long been typical, and their way to blame "government interference with their ripping off the taxpaying public who OWN that resource being given away at two cents on the the dollar of value.


    Gas prices are set by CEOs who are sitting at their desks, planning what yacht to buy next, or maybe their next “trophy wife”.


    Over 50 years ago, when gas was 24 cents a gallon, a friend who owned an oil company, wells, refinery, and stations, stated the still existent fact: “Owning an oil company is a license to print money.”


    “Changing to summer formula”, “closed for maintenance”, well head prices of crude, shipping costs, you name it, anything the companies say is the reason for price rises is B.S., the only “driver” is increased profit. (And while Cheney and Bush made it more “comfy” for the oil companies with deregulation, increasing their profits considerably, even “W” didn’t set pump prices, but his “buddies” did!)

  15. Thomas Meiskey

    Thomas Meiskey said, over 3 years ago

    Gary,
    I really enjoyed this one.

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