Glenn McCoy by Glenn McCoy

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  1. comicgos

    comicgos said, almost 4 years ago

    LOL - ya’ll get what you voted for!

    Told ya you were getting conned!

  2. grapfhics

    grapfhics said, almost 4 years ago

    Eno got a job?

  3. cdward

    cdward said, almost 4 years ago

    Government workers are not the reason the states are in such bad shape. It’s the fact that we have cut taxes of the financial elite so dramatically and for so long.

  4. ODon

    ODon said, almost 4 years ago

    cd speaks the simple truth before adding in the cost of a war that was to pay for itself.

  5. beenthere41

    beenthere41 said, almost 4 years ago

    Most states have suffered budget problems because of the economic downturn, not because of tax cuts. Just the opposite, sales tax rates and property tax rates haven’t changed much if at all, and states are reluctant to raise them during this economic downturn. And the feds aren’t having to borrow 40% of their expenses because of tax cuts to the wealthy, but because of exploding spending. Their is no way out of this mess if we only raise taxes on the wealthy. I saw a statistic somewhere that said there were about 1.3 million households with over $250,000 income. Confiscating ALL of their income would not cover the deficit, much less pay off the debt.

  6. Jade

    Jade GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    ^ Too bad the unions in this case already gave up the money asked. So how about that $140 million in tax cuts, in the case of WI? Confiscating all of the union worker’s income won’t ever fix the deficit either.

    I have credit card debt. I pay way over my minimums right now to knock it out. I won’t solve that problem by paying into my credit cards LESS each month, which is what a tax cut does.

  7. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    States are in trouble specifically because A. tax cuts and B. “financial institutions” that turned into casinos ripped off all the pension funds, AND the investments the states also made in other areas. C: unrestrained speculation in many markets, including housing raised prices to an absurd level, then folks couldn’t pay those taxes, or meet their “obligations” to the entire hierarchy of thieves out to pick their bones.

    “Government employees” had nothing to do with it, because as a matter of fact, those supposed to regulate, protect, and serve- had their hands tied, or were let go from their jobs.

  8. wbr

    wbr said, almost 4 years ago

    no tax cuts in MO and it is in trouble because of unfunded pensions

  9. josefw

    josefw GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    “financial institutions” that turned into casinos ripped off all the pension funds???

    No more Red Bull for you…

  10. Jade

    Jade GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    ^ A tax break reduces the amount of money in the pot to handle obligations and financial institutions did indeed turn into casinos… see: “derivatives.”

    So technically, that is one way of looking at it.

    Now, one can say that the obligations are an issue, too… but that’s out of the context of the image presented.

  11. alcors3

    alcors3 said, almost 4 years ago

    If unions didn’t work so hard to protect the lazy they could still be useful.

  12. Bluejayz

    Bluejayz said, almost 4 years ago

    It’s ironic to me that “govenrment is the problem” and “the stimulus produced no jobs and accomplished nothing”, but all of the states are in fnancial straits because the Federal Government has cut payments to them and many states are losing jobs because the American Recovery Act, aka “the Stimulus” is ending. You conservatives can deny this is true, but I keep reading these same fiscal complaints in our local right-leaning newspaper.

  13. lmanningok

    lmanningok GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Re unfunded pensions: I remember when corporations routinely fired long-term workers just weeks before their retirement dates to keep from having to pay them their pensions, which those workers had paid into for years. Corporations also had routinely raided the pension trust funds for their general expenses. This corporate robbery made the federal-government-funded pension insurance fund necessary to save working Americans from destitution after retirement. Government isn’t the problem, unregulated Capitalism is.

  14. Wraithkin

    Wraithkin said, almost 4 years ago

    @ Imanningok: Those were practices well over 2-3 decades ago, not today. Today private corporations set up 401(k)’s or other items to which workers contribute, and many corps match. Some throw together retirement packages, but very few do. It’s up to the individual to plan for their own retirement, plain and simple. We should have learned this a long time ago.

    Some states already raised taxes on everyone and everything (WI had a tax hike netting 3.6 billion last budget) and we’re still over 3 bn in the red. It’s not for lack of income, it’s for lack of discipline. Those pensions that public employees get are out of synch with what is being given to private sector employees. And to those that say “Then corporations should provide pensions,” you should pull your head out of the sand. Corporations stopped doing that because it wasn’t cost-effective. These pensions are a massive albatross around the taxpayers’ collective neck and now we’re seeing the massive backlash.

    Don’t try to say that public-sector workers are the only working Americans. With 85% of Wisconsin’s workers private sector, and I’m pretty certain we all work pretty hard, stripping some things off the public-sector’s benefits packages will actually benefit more working Americans than not. The public sector needs to mirror the private sector. That means everything from wages, to benefits and finally to employees’ rights.

    With all the laws and governmental bodies protecting public workers from unlawful or unethical treatment and termination, unions have outlived their usefulness in the public sector. Private sector? Meh. It’s up to each company to decide what to do with that, and not really any of my business.

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