Joe Heller by Joe Heller

Joe Heller

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, 4 months ago

    Unions have given unlimited funds for decades.
    Oh ya, that was for Democrats so it doesn’t count……

  2. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, 4 months ago

    Unions have never had ‘unlimited funds.’ Scratching a ragged equivalency between, say, Charlie Koch or Sheldon Adelson — who apparently do — and a Teacher’s Union or the UAW is absurd. And has about nothing much to do with the Toon at hand.

  3. Clark  Kent

    Clark Kent said, 4 months ago

    @conservegov,
    In what alternate universe do unions have enough money to lavish on candidates, political parties and pacs?
    The unions are barely hanging on thanks to dupes like you.

  4. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 4 months ago

    I believe the US is a democracy. The field is always reduced to two viable candidates who are completely different: when Democrats win, they give all the money to their Democratic friends, while the Republicans do the exact opposite (i.e., give all the money to their Republican friends), and it’s a toss-up, with the Democrats winning about half the time and the Republicans about half the time.


    Undemocratic countries reduce the field to just one candidate. Some think the US elections are rigged, with the winner picked years in advance, but I don’t believe that, I believe the US is a true democracy, and only G_d (and fivethirtyeight) know in advance which of the two final candidates is going to win.

  5. Al S.

    Al S. said, 4 months ago

    @Michael wme

    So you’re saying, two wrongs make a right? And all the money thrown at negative campaigning is better than putting it where it’s really needed?

  6. Jase99

    Jase99 said, 4 months ago

    No, Joe, you’re not stuck with just those two parties. There are plenty of 3rd party options out there, but few people will vote for those candidates for fear of starving “their side” of votes and letting the “other side” win.

  7. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose GoComics PRO Member said, 4 months ago

    @Michael wme

    I’m sorry Michael, but I do not agree with the last part of your comment. Today, with so many think-tanks, “independent” Citizens For This…… and Citizens For That….. groups, and private analysts prepping the grounds, and so much money (often from un-named individuals) provided for campaigns, that many little known, but aspiring candidates have almost zero chance of nomination. Candidates must first gain approval of those who donate. Money is not given for nothing; The usual quid-pro-pro is expected.

    I was stunned about ten years ago when I read that then-Pres Bush had SEVENTEEN speechwriters on his staff! It makes me wonder how many Pres Lincoln had.

  8. mikefive

    mikefive said, 4 months ago

    @wmconelly @wmconelly

    Unions have never had ‘unlimited funds.

    @ Clark Kent

    In what alternate universe do unions have enough money to lavish on candidates, political parties and pacs?

    I think a perusal of the records at the Federal Election Commission might surprise you as to how much money unions contributed to the 2012 Presidential campaign. You would think they have unlimited funds to lavish on political candidates.

  9. Ted Lind

    Ted Lind GoComics PRO Member said, 4 months ago

    It is a real win if you like listening to or watching endless hours of propaganda that has little relation to the facts. I am sure the media is overjoyed at the prospect of so much money coming their way. Unfortunately most voters are so uninformed there is little possibility of making a good choice. I think the real value of a democracy is the random nature of the process limits the ability of anyone getting into a position of complete control.

  10. Joadtom

    Joadtom said, 4 months ago

    @Michael wme

    The U.S. is NOT a democracy and pray it never will be. We are a REPUBLIC. That originally gave the vote only to land-holing white men. .. They figured the people with the most vested had the most to gain by capable government.
    I am glad we are a more inclusive Republic with all citizens of age being give representation. Just remember, democracy in it’s purist form would be mob rule. And that way lies madness.

  11. retpost

    retpost said, 4 months ago

    Nothing wrong here; we will have the best congress MONEY CAN BUY.

  12. NeoconMan

    NeoconMan said, 4 months ago

    @Joadtom

    Joadtom said, " We are a REPUBLIC. That originally gave the vote only to land-holing white men. .. "


    Agreed; that was their original intent. And if America is to survive, we must return to those ideals.

  13. Joadtom

    Joadtom said, 4 months ago

    @NeoconMan

    I in NO way think that.

  14. NeoconMan

    NeoconMan said, 4 months ago

    @Joadtom

    Joadtom said, “I in NO way think that.”


    Well, why DON’T you? What the hell kind of conservative ARE you?

  15. mikefive

    mikefive said, 4 months ago

    “The Koch Brothers Spent Twice as Much on the 2012 Election as the Top Ten Unions Combined”

    I am not disputing that the Koch Bros spent a lot of money on the 2012 election. What I’m critical of is the claim that unions can’t afford to contribute large sums to election campaigns. Using numbers from your url shows that the top ten union contributors contributed $153 million plus to the 2012 campaign. $153 million is hardly chump change and indicates to me that unions are doing much better than “just barely hanging on”.

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