Henry Payne by Henry Payne

Henry Payne

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  1. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    “When cheney/shrub took office….”

    As a recommendation, I think you need to get your information from other sources than political talking point sites. On this particular post you should probably look at the Treasury Department and Library of Congress sites.

  2. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago

    @ mikefive – Always good to get info from objective sources, mike. Haven’t you actually given us links to this information when it has been brought up in the past? I seem to recall reading material you provided on the direction our finances were taken from 98 through 2004… maybe someone else?
    You always back up what you say with links from objective sources, neighbor. Thanks for ‘edikating’ me. ;)
    Much appreciated.

  3. uh-oh

    uh-oh said, over 3 years ago

    This nation depends on debt and indebtedness.

    Quit whining about it.

  4. Cripplious

    Cripplious said, over 3 years ago

    Two illegal wars? O said that the afghan war was the legit war unless youre calling him a liar or war criminal now?

  5. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    “You always back up what you say with links from objective sources,”

    I listed the House and Senate joint resolution numbers and the public law numbers from The Congressional Record as pertained to the second Gulf War and Afghanistan on Steve Kelly yesterday when Clark called the wars illegal. He also said there was no debt when Bush took office and I did a cut and paste from Treasury showing a near $6 trillion of debt. Perhaps, he did not return to view Steve Kelly yesterday. I hope that that is the case.

    I dislike seeing false information disiminated and I abhor my disiminating bad information. Rational conclusions cannot be reached when false or suspect data is used to reach those conclusions, and I refuse to give up my naivity (delusion?) in believing that humanity will reach better decisions and express reality based opinions on subjects if accurate data is presented. I know my belief in this is foolish and disconnected from reality, but I will hang on to my optimism regardless of those that refuse to incorporate knowledge rather than deception into their beliefs. And, no, I don’t expect everyone to reach the same conclusion on a given subject as I do. People may have additional information or personal experience that warrants different judgements than mine.

  6. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    “we had a surplus left by the Clinton administration.”

    The numbers disagree with you. Clinton left a deficit of 5.6 trillion dollars.


  7. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    You know guys/girls, I took 30 seconds on google, punched in “deficit when Bush took office” and about a bazillion links came up. I intentionally picked one which I figured all of you wouldn’t contest on political grounds. Total time consumed, about 2 minutes with typing time. Is that so hard? Look at all the arguing that saves, well hopefully saves.

  8. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    “This nation depends on debt and indebtedness.”

    Most governments borrow by selling bonds and incur debt. Our problem is the degree of borrowing we do. Eventually the borrowing starts to incur costs (interest) on the debt that accelerates the problem, plus governments that use excessive debt financing often have their credit ratings downgraded which raises the cost (interest rate) of borrowing. We’ve experienced one credit rating downgrade and the credit ratings have already said America is in jeopardy of being lowered again.


  9. Kylie2112

    Kylie2112 said, over 3 years ago


    Deficit != debt. Clinton and Congress had a $200B a year projected surplus when he left office. Bush Jr. immediately got rid of it when he cut taxes and went to war.

  10. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago


    Deficit and debt are not the same.

    [def-uh-sit; British also dih-fis-it] Show IPA
    1.the amount by which a sum of money falls short of the required amount.
    2.the amount by which expenditures or liabilities exceed income or assets.
    3.a lack or shortage; deficiency.
    4.a disadvantage, impairment, or handicap: The team’s major deficit is its poor pitching.
    5.a loss, as in the operation of a business.

    [det] Show IPA
    1.something that is owed or that one is bound to pay to or perform for another: a debt of $50.
    2.a liability or obligation to pay or render something: My debt to her for advice is not to be discharged easily.
    3.the condition of being under such an obligation: His gambling losses put him deeply in debt.

  11. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    Mr. Wuerker’s ‘toon is a mite deceptive. It doesn’t break down the tax brackets nor does it show allowable deductions. Top tax bracket in 1940 was $2 million and shows the tax rate at 94% but average percentage paid was 25%.($32 million today in inflation adjusted income) A far cry from the $400,000 ($24,763.60 in 1940) that is classed as the top tax bracket today.

  12. zekedog55

    zekedog55 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Isn’t it funny how a couple of narrow minded pinheads harp and squawk about “What are you smoking?”, or “What are you on?”
    I’ll bet they grind their teeth each and every time the President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, is praised by forward thinkers, both here and abroad.
    Time to invest in denture futures…

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