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Ken Catalino

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  1. PianoGuy24

    PianoGuy24 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    That bubble will burst on it’s own. There’s NO way spending can continue on the way it is. It’ll collapse upon itself. Then it’ll be Obama’s economy….and it WON’T be good. We’ll ALL be hoping for change in our pockets.

  2. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago

    If the cuts reduced subidies to corporations and large businesses whose profits show they no longer need subsidies, it would be easier to accept the additional cuts being levied against the poor and middle class.
    If the cannibalistic two party oligarchy driving our nation into the ground would perform their oversight and legislation responsibilities better, I would even feel that the cuts were justified, but then I see this story.
    ^
    http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/economic-intelligence/2013/07/24/how-goldman-sachs-and-wall-street-manipulate-alumnimum-and-other-commodities
    ^
    A separate source stated that the scam related in the above link costs BEER producers alone over 3billion a year. That does not include soda cans, foil packets, or the tons of aluminum for which the USA pays for weapon systems, construction, et al.
    This robbery is brought to you by the same company many Europeans and Americans blame for the the 2008 financial debacle and the years of suffering by our neighbors, nationally and internationally, since.
    ^
    I have not been alone in stating that intelligent inspection, auditing, and review of companies providing services to the US gov’t, should be coupled with REAL consequences that would make fraud/waste/abuse/criminal behavior an unacceptable cost of doing business. It has too long been an acceptable cost of doing business it has become. For example —
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    http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2013/07/halliburton_energy_services_in.html
    ^
    This halliburton subsidiary lied to investigators, destroyed evidence, and contributed to the explosion that killed people and disrupted or ruined millions of lives on the Gulf coast, and that doesn’t include wildlife. For their crimes, no one will go to jail, and a MAXIMUM fine of $200,000 is all they will have to pay until BP sues them in civil court. I expect BP will sue them since some of the evidence destroyed would have made BP less liable according to reports.
    Before we stop paying for things that help people, perhaps we should make sure that those who do great harm are paying the kind of penalties that reduce such needs. How many on the Gulf coast applied for food stamps and other state and federal aid because of the willful actions of a greedy few?
    Goldman Sachs and Halliburton have a history of behaviors that are neither civil or respectful, and they are not alone.
    There are those who are poor and in the middle class committing fraud and abusing the system, but they pale beside the offenses of people such as the two in these examples.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  3. Justice22

    Justice22 said, over 3 years ago

    Cut out all social spending like Social Security, Medicare, public works, infrastructure and military. All we need are subsidies to oil companies and outsourced manufacturing.

  4. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @PianoGuy24

    “That bubble will burst on it’s own. There’s NO way spending can continue on the way it is. It’ll collapse upon itself. Then it’ll be Obama’s economy….and it WON’T be good. We’ll ALL be hoping for change in our pockets.”

    All this hoopla over spending began during the Clinton Administration, ended as soon as Bush was elected. The deficit ballooned under Bush, but the hoopla over deficit spending didn’t start back up until the moment Obama took office. It will quiet back down again the moment another Republican is elected into the White House, and they will feel free to pile on the debt. It’s a phoney concern driven by cheap partisan politics.

  5. Justice22

    Justice22 said, over 3 years ago

    http://priceofoil.org/fossil-fuel-subsidies/

  6. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago

    Hi PAJ,
    I figure everyone takes his inability to lead the congress to higher ground for granted.
    The only ‘winded’ items were those illustrating my point. Without the Sachs and Halliburton points, the comment would be even more useless than you appear to believe it is.
    And perhaps you’re right.
    Sadly,
    C.

  7. Stipple

    Stipple said, over 3 years ago

    You make those who think before they submit look really good in comparison.

  8. TJDestry

    TJDestry GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Ah, the vacation money myth — a good example of the delusional thinking that keeps this sort of idiotic destruction of the economy alive!

  9. D PB

    D PB said, over 3 years ago

    @Justice22

    LOL, so I guess the tax deductions and other tax credits you take are subsidies as well?

    Listen, there is a difference between a subsidy like a farmer getting a check for not planting a crop or some other manipulation of the pricing structure and following the tax code to the benefit of you or your company.

    It’s to bad when you, and Eryx, can’t make that distinction.

  10. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 3 years ago

    What a dumb cartoon. The problem with our economy is too little government spending, not too much. And everything that Jase99 said about the GOP not caring about deficits when Republicans are in power is completely true (Bush tax cuts, Iraq war, Medicare part D, not one program paid for; while the ACA is actually a net deficit reducer), yet the conservatives here attack without a single fact to back them up. Living in a dream world with rainbows and fairy dust.

  11. D PB

    D PB said, over 3 years ago

    @ARodney

    LOL, you are so completely delusional. No government ever spent it’s way out of a hole, ever.

    If you were even remotely amusing it would be worth while, but you’re just one of the worst trolls on here. You have competition though, you may want to step it up a little and go for the prize.

  12. D PB

    D PB said, over 3 years ago

    Yes indeed, you can find much more. some of it supports what you say. But then again there’s quite a bit more that provides the details. For instance the implementation of, wait for it, austerity measures. Oh oh oh, and capital controls, those are so fun.

    Iceland’s post-Crisis economy: A myth or a miracle?

    Analysis: Icelanders question their lauded economic recovery

    There is so much more, but you can read, broaden your sources and discover. They did not spend their way out of the crisis, they implemented controls, implemented austerity measures among other things.

    Oh, and investment is at an all time low, doubtful to recover any time soon.

    I’ll stand by my statement, No Government Ever Spent It’s Way Out Of A Hole.

    Austerity, controls (temporarily) and sound financial policy is what turns economies around. You can’t tax (spend) your way out of debt and instability.

  13. D PB

    D PB said, over 3 years ago

    Again, the best you can come up with is an ad hominem response.

    Argument fail . . .

    You and the other minions here provided no concrete evidence to support the notion that a government can spend it’s way out of recession, zero. Your example of the Marshall Plan was poorly chosen and not related to the subject of the cartoon or my statement. It seems you are the one a little confused.

  14. D PB

    D PB said, over 3 years ago

    It’s a free country. You’re free to be wrong as much as you can bear. No skin off anybody’s nose. But when no one takes you seriously, don’t come asking (or more likely, accusing) “why?”

    Remember, that clever little quote cuts both ways . . .

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