Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. Larry

    Larry said, over 2 years ago

    People in Calif want a pony?
    We have many, many ponies in Calif.
    So what?

  2. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I live in California and I don’t get it. I have friends with horses and they don’t get it. Someone please point out the message here. Thank you…

  3. Basqueian

    Basqueian said, over 2 years ago

    Have a horse, thanks. A saddle that fits him, now, that would help a lot.

  4. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 2 years ago

    That state needs less Donkeys and more Elephants.

  5. mdcdjg2008

    mdcdjg2008 said, over 2 years ago

    I don’t get this one at all.

  6. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 2 years ago

    Pony Cars?
    My Little Pony?
    Ponies for sale?
    What is she trying to convey.

  7. avarner

    avarner said, over 2 years ago

    It might be from the old joke about the very optimistic boy, digging enthusiastically through a large pile of horse manure.

    When asked what he was doing, he said “There’s got to be a pony in here somewhere.”

    Pile of manure = California economy. Pony = Anything positive.

  8. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, over 2 years ago

    I’m amazed nobody here gets it, I’m German and I do (I think…), and since I’m the one who normally has to ask for explanations it’s nice to be able to help out in this case.


    “A pony” is a wish that young girls often have of their parents who can’t afford such a gift (and the cost associated with keeping the pony). It is therefor the symbol of “unrealistic thinking”. Even in German we say “Und ein Hoppelgaul” (“And a pony”) when someone is requesting something from us that we can’t deliver and KNOW that the other guys knows that very well.


    I guess this cartoon is actually about the California budget which – if I’m not mistaken – is (or can be) somehow controlled by the people themselves, not the elected representatives. Given the reported debt and deficit in that state any demand for anything would be “A pony”, at least in the eyes of Ms. Benson.

  9. midaswelby

    midaswelby said, over 2 years ago

    Look at my horse…

  10. Nos Nevets

    Nos Nevets said, over 2 years ago

    It is funny that Californians don’t get the joke.

    It took a European to explain it.
    Californians want European-sized government, but want to pay traditional small-US-govt taxes.

    & as CA goes, so goes the nation. (Other Yanks missed the joke, too.)

    Mark Steyn made the same point with wit recently:

    America not paying its fair share

  11. cjr53

    cjr53 said, over 2 years ago

    @Nos Nevets

    I think he explained in such a way that Americans should understand that is it is a common statement in Germany, “… and a pony” shows that the request/demand was excessive. I’ve never heard it until today.

  12. josefw

    josefw GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago


    Thanks for the explanation.

    All I could come up with was a Pony of Beer!

    1xPony=.5 of a Quarter barrel or 1/8th of a full barrel. Pony’s fit in the fridge!

    Frohes Weihnachten, frohe Feiertage, frohes Fest. (I hope that translated properly!)

  13. Joan  Alos

    Joan Alos said, over 2 years ago

    @Nos Nevets – It took an European to explain the joke because… it took many Europeans to create and rise America!

  14. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago


    Growlers are fun. Growler=bucket of beer.

  15. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

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