Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, almost 4 years ago

    Very well done.

  2. feverjr

    feverjr said, almost 4 years ago

    That card was given to Dick “deficits don’t matter” Cheney but he did leave us the bill.

  3. mikefive

    mikefive said, almost 4 years ago

    As if any congressman, President, or government bureaucrat wouldn’t like to have one. (or me for that matter)

  4. Kylie2112

    Kylie2112 said, almost 4 years ago

    The same GOP that considers compromise to be “do what we want, or else”?

  5. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 4 years ago

    This cartoon trivializes an act of humanity and generosity our legislators rarely display. The GOP has not been reaching out to people like the man the New York Police Officer helped. They certainly haven’t thought such people were worth a greater investment of time or money in order to help them get off of the streets.
    And Obama has not asked for an unlimited credit card, he has asked for the same kind of common sense reinvestment in our infrastructure, schools, and people that brought Americans out of the first depression. He has frequently said the deficit is a threat to American security, but that in the immediate future, before we achieve that long term goal, we need to fix that which is broke now.
    We need people to reach out to their neighbors but this cartoon turns an act of kindness into an farce.
    Both parties need to work together, and when the media encourages division and sarcasm, it is easy for the rest of us to lower the standard to that which has been set for us.
    We are better than that, and this is the time of year to prove it.
    & Happy Holidayze

  6. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Unlimited debt ceiling? A Republican Congress raised the debt ceiling 6 times during the Bush Administration.

  7. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, almost 4 years ago


    I would recommend you actually do some research on where a lot of this debt came from. Keep in mind that all moneys that were authorized for both of Dubya’s wars were off the books. Remember that none of that money came from the Pentagon’s budget, but instead was authorized by “emergency funding”, which kept this money off the books. Obama rightly added it to the books, which of course made him look like a spendthrift instantly, but it needed to be done.

    And another example of the previous administration cooking the books: I think it was 2005 or 2006 that I received an e-mail from Medicare, telling me that I would not be paid for any services I provided between 9/22 and 9/30, which is the end of the Fed’s fiscal year. Not just me: all doctors, all hospitals, all caregivers whose services would normally be paid for. Not to worry, though: they would pay their bills after 10/1. No interest or penalty, though. Accept it.

    Anyone with half a brain would be able to tell that this was a trick to make the deficit look less frightening. It’s easy to look solvent when you choose not to pay what you owe. Of course, I’m sure that when the “final” reporting was recorded, a way was found to move that payment back to its proper year, after no one was looking.

    This is not to say, “He did it too.” It is to say that some people are willing to ignore certain malfeasance, including this cartoonist, depending on which political party is considered responsible.

    There will be no compromise, no help, no final deal if we continue to point fingers and ignore the present. I recognize that tax increases for the wealthy will not pay our bills. On the other hand, it can help, and the original reason for keeping their taxes low (that they will create jobs) doesn’t hold water. The idea of not raising taxes but closing loopholes doesn’t work unless we specify the loopholes we’re intending to close. And I am willing to believe that Grover and his puppets will consider a closed loophole to be a tax increase.

    I look forward to anyone who proves me wrong.

  8. disgustedtaxpayer

    disgustedtaxpayer said, almost 4 years ago

    Lisa—-another excellent toon…the barefoot homeless man given new shoes by the NYPD officer is still barefoot…he decided to “save” the valuable shoes and is demanding “a slice of the pie” from earnings of the viral internet photo!
    Obama is demanding that the GOP agree to vote for an UNconstitutional law giving the president the Power given Congress to control US government debt…!!!
    (and here is a FACT=GOP taxpayers have already helped KEEP Obama in a royal lifestyle to the tune of $1.5 Billion each year…far more than a pair of shoes! Obama & family are heading for another vacation in Hawaii to the tune of another $4 million taxpaid costs.)
    (another fact…Voters only gave Obama a 2.8% majority in the popular vote 2012! Why do Dems pretend it was a “Landslide”???)

  9. mikefive

    mikefive said, almost 4 years ago


    It’s working the other way, too, Kylie. Thus the problem in bipartisanship..

  10. wbr

    wbr said, almost 4 years ago

    on 12/4/00 debt 5670 bill 12/4/08 10593 bill on 12/4/12 16344 bill

  11. zekedog55

    zekedog55 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    @I Play One On TV

    Asking Howie to do research on anything is like asking a slug to not leave a mucous trail…

    Thanks for the fact filled post, I Play One, and please understand that mole crickets like Howie exist to simply hop around and disgust most folks…

  12. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    C: I am reticent to jump in here but I think a couple of your points need “expanding.” First off, Obama asked for automatic extension of the debt ceiling, that is the credit card reference.. I for one consider that potentially very dangerous for our system. Ugly as the debates over the debt ceiling gets, that process needs to stay in the realm of congress. Secondly, tax increases made up the bulk of his request. He’s asking for 1.6 trillion in additional revenues. The infrastructure spending would be 50 billion for 2013, hardly a large percentage of what he proposes for income increases. His very unspecific spending cuts would be 400 billion to be addressed sometime in 2013. This proposal was based on the budget he submitted to congress and was rejected by both democrats and republicans (in both houses). It in no fashion realistically addresses deficit reduction. I am not making any comment about the republicans because I think the president is leading this discussion and the republicans are just responding to him. I despise Grover Norquist and Donald Trump and the other empty suits that are trying to pressure this “or else” mentality the republicans have shown.

    Personally I would like to see these guys locked in a room together until they come out with a solution that truly addresses all the components needed, income, spending and deficit reduction. Simpson – Bowles was a good start but is politically unpopular because it calls for sacrifice on the entitlements, the military and raises taxes. Let them go over the cliff if necessary. We need to responsibly address these issues before they are more out of control than at present.

    The links below are first to reference details of the president’s proposal. The second link is to the Simpson – Bowles text, a heavy read but very resourceful (and a bi-partisan effort).

  13. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    @I Play One On TV

    Your post just reinforces one of my major contentions: put them in a room together until this is resolved, outlaw any contact with lobbyists until they are DONE. The process is not complicated. You meet, present, discuss, debate, compromise and resolve. The Grover Norquists of the world make me itch I dislike them so much. This process needs to be taken out of the media focus it’s in today and solved by people that are qualified. All the general vague references to cuts, increases, etc without specific detail is just inflammatory.

  14. Ketira shena Pretarasedrin

    Ketira shena Pretarasedrin said, almost 4 years ago

    Thanks for explaining “derp”. I’ve heard it here and there, and have seen it in print, but never knew what it was until now.
    Think it’ll make the “new words list”? ; )

  15. disgustedtaxpayer

    disgustedtaxpayer said, almost 4 years ago

    Senate floor, March 16, 2006, President Obama:
    “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US government can’t pay its own bills….(my omission)…
    “This rising debt is a hidden domestic enemy…”
    (quote Ansonia post)
    what happened to Obama’s mind/brain in the time between this March 2006 quote and his campaign for Prez in 2007/2008?
    can voters spell “HYPOCRITE”?
    from George Washington through GW Bush the total accumulated federal debt was $10.6 Trillion, most added since WW2….but Obama is #1 spender/debtor prez….November 2012 the total reached $16.3 trillion….less than 4 full years regime added $5.7 Trillion debt….but dems blame Bush…?
    What are Democrats drinking/smoking, etc?

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