Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. exoticdoc2

    exoticdoc2 said, about 4 years ago

    Obviously a crowd of liberals.

  2. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 4 years ago

    He must’ve put those groceries on his kids credit card.

    Getting into deeper debt is a good thing, right Dems?

  3. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    How come the “conservatives” here fail to see two things about their “arguments”? 1. The “government” in the United States is THE PEOPLE, yes a republic, but the U.S. is “US”! 2. What guys hated “government” and ended up putting all the power in a few “friends” at the top, actually- Marxists, who became dictators. Well of course turning all power over to corporations was another pair: Adolph and Benito.

  4. corzak

    corzak said, about 4 years ago


    Deficit is going down, parrot boy. Went down by $200 billion last year.

    We need Democrats in order to to pay off Republican debt. Republicans not good with ‘facts’ and ‘numbers’.

  5. PianoGuy24

    PianoGuy24 GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    We call ’em as we seem ’em!

  6. PianoGuy24

    PianoGuy24 GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago


    Ummmm, you DO realize the National Debt has ALREADY surpassed $16,250,000,000.00 don’t you? It was $10 Trillion when Obama took office. In the scheme of that much money you’re crowing about $200 billion? You know Obama eats numbers like that for breakfast!

  7. DesultoryPhillipic

    DesultoryPhillipic said, about 4 years ago


    WOW! Only you could make an asinine connection like that.

  8. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 4 years ago


    I don’t know what your source for that $200 billion number is, but they’re lying to you big time. In 2011 the debt went up by $1.2 trillion and is up by $1.07 trillion so far this year.

  9. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 4 years ago


    $16,292,689,481,349.84 as of yesterday. It would have been nice if corzak’s post had been true.

  10. lonecat

    lonecat said, about 4 years ago

    Okay, reduce the debt. How?

  11. lonecat

    lonecat said, about 4 years ago

    The following is from

    Believe it or not, the federal deficit has fallen faster over the past three years than it has in any such stretch since demobilization from World War II.
    In fact, outside of that post-WWII era, the only time the deficit has fallen faster was when the economy relapsed in 1937, turning the Great Depression into a decade-long affair.
    If U.S. history offers any guide, we are already testing the speed limits of a fiscal consolidation that doesn’t risk backfiring. That’s why the best way to address the fiscal cliff likely is to postpone it.
    While long-term deficit reduction is important and deficits remain very large by historical standards, the reality is that the government already has its foot on the brakes.
    In this sense, the “fiscal cliff” metaphor is especially poor. The government doesn’t need to apply the brakes with more force to avoid disaster. Rather the “cliff” is an artificial one that has sprung up because the two parties are able to agree on so little.
    Hopefully, they will agree, as they did at the end of 2010, to embrace their disagreement for a bit longer. That seems a reasonably likely outcome of negotiations because the most likely alternative to a punt is a compromise (expiration of the Bush tax cuts for the top and the payroll tax cut, along with modest spending cuts) that could still push the economy into recession.
    Rather than applying additional fiscal restraint now, the government needs to make sure it sets the course for steady restraint once the economy emerges further from the deep employment hole that remains. In fact, a number of so-called deficit hawks are calling for short-term tax cuts to spur growth, rather than immediate austerity.
    From fiscal 2009 to fiscal 2012, the deficit shrank 3.1 percentage points, from 10.1% to 7.0% of GDP.
    That’s just a bit faster than the 3.0 percentage point deficit improvement from 1995 to ‘98, but at that point, the economy had everything going for it.
    Other occasions when the federal deficit contracted by much more than 1 percentage point a year have coincided with recession. Some examples include 1937, 1960 and 1969.
    President Obama hasn’t gotten much credit for reining in the deficit, probably because a big part of the deficit progress has come from the unwinding of extraordinary government supports that he helped put in place. Stimulus programs have come and mostly gone; the end of stimulus to states led them to enact Medicaid curbs; jobless benefits in recent months have fallen by 50% since early 2010 (due to both job gains and extended benefits being exhausted).
    TARP and the bailouts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac also make the deficit improvement look better, boosting the fiscal ‘09 deficit by about $200 billion more than in fiscal ’12 (though the initial cost of TARP was overstated).
    Still, military spending is now on the decline due to fewer troops in Iraq and Afghanistan; Medicare costs rose 3% last year vs. the average 7% growth in recent years; and after the last year’s Budget Control Act, excluding the automatic cuts set to take effect in January, nondefense discretionary spending is already on a path to shrink to 2.7% of GDP, well below the 3.9% average, notes the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

  12. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, about 4 years ago


    Where do you buy the fiction that you repeat here? Deficits are what the driving force that drives UP the debt.

  13. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 4 years ago


    Although the numbers from the Treasury Department still show the debt increasing, it’s good to see that the deficit is decreasing. That is encouraging. Thanks for the post.

  14. greyolddave

    greyolddave said, about 4 years ago

    Most people must not be old enough to remember how after George II took over in 2001 that summer they started spending so much it would make a tax and spend Democrat blanch with envy. The Rebs responded that dept was a good thing. They continued to spend for 8 years. Then does anyone remember what happened next? No I didn’t think so.

  15. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    And, “greyolddave”, “W” folks did most of the spending “off the books” to make the numbers less “disturbing” as they grew.

    Incidentally, our “rightie” friends keep saying the debt was only $10 trillion when “O” took office, at the start of his first actual budget, it was already at $12.9 trillion and that still didn’t count Iraq.

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