Jerry Holbert by Jerry Holbert

Jerry Holbert

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  1. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, over 2 years ago

    “John Boehner wants tax cuts. Says that tax cuts under Reagan actually raised revenues. He’s a government “expert” by any standard. Seen every document, heard every argument.
    But…we had $12 trillion in debt as a result of Reagan tax-and-spend policies.
    We have $4 trillion more debt left by his disciple, Junior Bush, that the Tea Party won’t let us clean up.
    Reagan was wrong. His “experts” were clods.
    He did not increase revenues. He simply spent more.
    Who says so? CBO, whom some call experts. And that was during their own Republican administration."
    Hey, who you gonna call?
    With a nod to Joseph O’Shaughnessy, Illinois

  2. AussieDownUnder

    AussieDownUnder said, over 2 years ago

    We could send you our PM but lets face it, with all your problems you don’t need more.

  3. TJDestry

    TJDestry GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Are you kidding me? Don’t you follow the news at all, Jerry? Do you have no idea how the sequester came about? None?

    This is like a sportswriter saying a quarterback scored a home run.

  4. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 2 years ago

    In July 2011, Obama & Boehnor held intense negotiations to end the “crisis” of that time, the debt ceiling debate. The result of that debate had Boehnor saying he had gotten “98% of what I wanted, I’m happy.”, Obama was furious, and a bipartisan committee started its work to find further cuts/revenue. That committee, famously including Paul Ryan, failed to produce legislation and fell apart.
    Along comes 2012, and in order to prevent the next financial crisis, Boehnor and Obama again negotiated but that failed. McConnall came up with “Plan B”, but that failed. With another financial hurdle facing citizens, Gene Sperling, a senior WH aide, suggested this “Unacceptable Consequence” to force the parties and the W.H. to work together to find intelligent targeted ways to prevent more suffering than was necessary. Obama and Boehnor reluctantly agreed since it would put off the next impending disaster and perhaps the election results would make “cooperation” less necessary.
    Here we are in 2013 and Unacceptable consequences are no longer unacceptable if it makes the other party look worse. Mr. Boehnor is upset he’s not going to get 98% of what he wants this time. Mr. Reid is.. frankly…useless and an impediment to progress- why won’t he pass a budget, why hasn’t he introduced the cuts the President says he has offered?
    Mr. Obama is trying to get Americans to contact legislators but the average American does not trust either party to work on their behalf. We need to see these people walking the walk, not just talking the talk. It is time for Mr. Obama to lead some cameramen into Capital Hill and knock on some doors. He needs to actively lobby for his policies and show Americans he is actually doing so, and to see the people who are closing the door in the President’s face. Will this demean the office of the Presidency or the Congress? Can either of those branches of gov’t be much further demeaned? These tribal mindsets are making Americans angry, divided, and something must be done. This nation needs a leader, and it needs lawmakers willing to work together.
    Mr. Holbert’s cartoon needs to spread the blame.

  5. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    “Who has past a few budgets and pasted them on time. And who has not?”

    A pharmaceutical could repeatedly submit rat poison for FDA approval as an influenza treatment and it would be repeatedly rejected. You would then blame the FDA for rejecting an influenza miracle cure. Just because the Tea Party/Republican controlled house passes a highly partisan budget along party lines, that doesn’t mean the Senate should approve it.

  6. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 2 years ago

    Don’t reply to comments you don’t read.

  7. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, over 2 years ago

    What would your attitude be if there was a Democratic House and it passed [sic] a budget that a Republican Senate didn’t like?

  8. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, over 2 years ago

    So while they all mud wrestle over who proposed the bad idea they all voted for, nothing meaningful with the real problems gets done.
    Is it that Congress no longer have the people with vision who know how to deal with the big problems and are prepared to take bold action, so they manufacture crisis after crisis and then hurl accusations, which deflects attention from coming up with real solutions?
    Or is it that the Republicans will do anything to assure an Obama failure, even if it means the nation fails?
    After all, it is not necessarily spending and debt that are the problems. There is good spending and there is bad spending, and there is good debt and there is bad debt. But the Conservatives are rejecting all spending, good and bad. Let the economy languish, cut services, downgrade the infrastructure, reduce research, weaken education.
    Where are the giants of yesteryear who proposed the Pacific Railway, the Hoover Dam, the Erie Canal, the Interstate Highway System, the space program, etc., etc.? These government partnership projects all took massive amounts of spending and debt. And the nation grew and flourished.

  9. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 2 years ago

    Even bills he signs into law, he is not responsible for.

    What a joke.

  10. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 2 years ago


    Sorry your wrong the deficit under when Reagan left office was about:
    12/31/1988 $2,684,392,000,000
    To make the argument that he caused 12 trillion in debt when we did not hit that level till 2009 21 years later is makes no sense:
    12/31/2009 OBAMA $12,311,349,677,512 is

  11. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 2 years ago

    Well the Sequester is here, hey, where are the four horsemen, where is the plagues, where is the blood on the walls. Not even dogs running in packs. Oh well life goes on.

  12. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 2 years ago

    The federal government is the largest single entity in the world (the only possible exceptions being the major religions of the world). So, it is going to take some time for any real harmful affects to be felt. And no, the world is not going to come to an end, but their will be harmful affects.

    However, wait until the next crisis at the end of this month, when all of the absolutely non essential functions of the federal government are scheduled to stop entirely. The last time that happened the voters blamed the Republicans in the Gingrich Congress, and their hated enemy in Bill Clinton easily won re-election!!

    If the Republicans in the House of Representatives allow this to occur, come 2014, I doubt that even their supreme efforts at gerrymandering will be able to save their jobs!!

  13. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 2 years ago

    Ah who are you talking to?

  14. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 2 years ago

    Hello Ansonia, thank you.
    I had to reread my own comment in context of what he, and now you, were telling me. Harley didn’t see my remark about Mr. Reid because he stopped on the prologue. I would not make a comment on something you had written without making sure I had the context of your content and had replied without really recognizing what he said. In hindsight, I should have said, “Don’t reply to comments you don’t finish reading.” I wonder if it would have made a difference. Oh well…
    Thank you for enlightening me and for doing so respectfully, I’ll try to remember this lesson in my future replies to such comments. Content vs. context… it can be tricky at times.
    Your reply gives me a chance to share this with you, it’s the Time article of which we spoke under another cartoon.
    I’m having a hard time finding a hardcopy to buy.
    I hope you and yours are well.
    & Respectfully,

  15. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 2 years ago

    Bush proposed a budget every year. So has Obama. Get your facts straight.

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