Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 3 years ago

    “Yeah, but…but….it’s really really hard being Prez. Give me 4 more years and I promise I’ll have brand new excuses why the economy sucks”.

  2. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Bushco drove it off, Obama’s just trying to provide jumars.

  3. narrowminded

    narrowminded said, over 3 years ago

    @dtroutma

    Obama said he could fix it. He didn’t. 1 term proposition.

  4. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago

    This “fiscal cliff”is a bipartisan creation demonstrating better than anything else how disconnected from their responsibilities to their constituents legislators have become. For elected officials to hold a financial gun to the head of poor and middle income citizens. Both parties still go to the money people in hopes some money will trickle down to their reelection coffers. Its easy for people with money to hold their ground. For people who have to buy water because water sources they’ve trusted for centuries are now toxic, or who have to care for elderly parents who lost their pensions when Wall Street’s gambles went bust, etc, etc, etc…. this is not a negotiation, it is a matter of quality of life, even survival. I will not argue the causes, but in lieu of
    a credible new solution, trying what has worked before is a good fall back position. During the depression, public works projects put short term money into the tax base….the businesses that grew from those projects continued. During the Clinton years, tax policy and spending policy gave us a surplus we lost fighting two wars, unfunded tax cuts, and an unfunded filling for the prescription “donut hole”. These may not have been perfect solutions, but they stopped the bleeding of the day, Our neighbors are in food lines they never expected to stand in. Our retirees have returned to the workplace, taking jobs from teens who need them as well, in order to replace pensions lost. Our friends, neighbors, and family are suffering and these self interested in Congress on both sides are using them as talking points.
    Stop the talking and start the walking. And lets walk together, United. Not towards each other in confrontation.
    Write to your elected officials on email and snail mail and tell them what you want. They may actually listen to your position if enough like minded ppl participate.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  5. greyolddave

    greyolddave said, over 3 years ago

    I think I recall that it was the Republicans who invented the cliff and then made sure we could only travel in that one direction.

  6. NebulousRikulau

    NebulousRikulau GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Those same recommendations that Ryan voted against when he was part of that committee.
    He tends to forget to mention that.

  7. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, over 3 years ago

    The “fiscal cliff” belongs to Congress, not Obama. He’s always been completely clear on what he’ll sign and what he won’t. If you don’t want a fiscal cliff, change your congresspeople.

  8. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 3 years ago

    yeah… the house passed a budget with no support from democrats.

    http://www.c-span.org/Events/House-Passes-FY2013-Budget-Bill/10737429451/

    which the senate voted down

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/may/16/democrat-led-senate-votes-down-4-gop-budgets-for-1/?page=all

    The president submitted his budget plan.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/13/budget-plan-2013-obama_n_1273386.html

    which the senate rejected

    http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/227857-senate-rejects-obama-budget-in-99-0-vote/

    As did the house

    http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/218931-house-clobbers-obama-budget-proposal-in-0-414-vote

    Headed toward the fiscal cliff? Well yes we are. Just like the last time the bush tax cuts were to expire president obama has vowed to veto anything that does not raise taxes on the rich. However, when it came time to veto he did not saying it was not responsible to raise taxes during a recession or during slow economic growth. Not letting them expire did not cost anything since no money was lost in the transaction. Letting them expire would raise taxes on everyone.

    Has the deficit gone down? Well yes it has a tad. Still over a trillion a year adding to the debt. Just look at this article

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/7-eleven-presidency_654846.html

  9. disgustedtaxpayer

    disgustedtaxpayer said, over 3 years ago

    thank you Bruce for the flow chart of events that brought us to this FISCAL CLIFF.
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    the US constitution authorizes Congress starting in the House to pass spending bills, passed by Senate vote and signed by the President to enact…..but Obama promised to VETO any lame duck bill to prevent the January 1, 2013 Economic Armageddon! (if there are not enough TAX HIKES to suit the Emperor!)
    2013 looks to be a very gloomy year…..more Obamacare costs will kick in…..more cuts to paying medical providers…who cannot survive financially without being paid in full for services provided…..so getting treatment under Medicare or Obamacare will begin to be more difficult…if too many Doctors don’t just quit practice in frustration!
    -
    age 80, I have paid IRS tax since my first full-time job at age 16….graduated high school at age 15….and the failure to extend current rates means I will owe more income taxes next year with a 1.7% increase in social security retirement.
    I am truly “disgusted taxpayer” getting more disgusted…if the voters do not UN-elect Obama, everybody faces Depression living styles. I was born in the ‘29 Depression era that did not end until after WW2…..I know our family’s diet menu was far different than I got used to after my husband and I both had paychecks….“Back to the Future”?
    Obama-style?

  10. skibum70

    skibum70 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    “America only has one criminal class! It is called “Congress”! Mark Twain, vintage 1890.

  11. John Mettler

    John Mettler said, over 3 years ago

    As usual the opposition party (this time the republicans) won’t take any responsibility for their behavior.

  12. Archimedes

    Archimedes said, over 3 years ago

    REDUCED THE DEFICIT?????????????????????
    I assume you are illiterate. But if in fact you can read please check any of HUNDREDS of sources that will show you the deficit increasing at a frightening rate.

  13. Archimedes

    Archimedes said, over 3 years ago

    your own graph proves you’re wrong. All four years of Obama the deficit is higher than at any time before Obama

  14. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Defense is the largest “discretionary” spending item. It could easily be cut significantly, and we’d still outspend the next 14 nations, combined! Reagan/Bush increased the national debt by 400+%, Clinton limited that to a 24% increase, the W doubled the debt, a 100% increase. The INTEREST on that debt, most owed to Americans (well banks) is a huge part of our tax burden.


    But hey, who wants to look at where the problem really lies.

  15. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 3 years ago

    @dtroutma

    So Trout, answer this question. If you are worried about the interest on the debt – which is 350+ BILLION dollars a year – how will raising taxes on the wealthy help.? Remember the CBO estimated that the tax increase proposed by no extending the Bush tax cuts for the rich will gross a whopping 70 to 85 Billion dollars a year.

    Now far be it for me to suggest that the math doesn’t add up but….

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