Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Zero clue. I bet Lisa thinks defense cuts will cost jobs, but everything else is harmless.

  2. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, almost 4 years ago

    The Dow Jones is doing some promising too, if you believe economic activity follows stock market activity by about six months… Just sayin’… Obama might have a better ‘grip’ on the future than Lisa.

  3. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 4 years ago

    Good cartoon. Mr. Obama makes promises – some of which have value AND were first put forward by Republicans. While they may feed the deficit in the short term, if acted on in a bipartisan and intelligent manner – working out and exercising the economy, over the long term real benefits could be realized.
    What is really telling is there are NO congressmen in this picture, and they were the ones who BAKED that cupcake. And it’s our nation’s future that’s burning while they divide Americans and blame the other side.
    The ingredients may be risky since regulation of health and safety of food, water, and every other aspect of American life has been determined to be too expensive and too much of a burden on the businesses who provide ingredients and services.
    Kind of like not investing in spacecraft that can divert asteroids and meteors heading towards earth. It’s too expensive to prepare to defend the planet, or our people. Our elected officials do not like Americans. We’re fat and whiny and don’t pay compensate them enough.

  4. Kylie2112

    Kylie2112 said, almost 4 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    I think the big issue is that the Republicans don’t believe in spending money to make money for the government. Everyone only wants to make short torm decisions in Washington, rather than thinking 5-20 years ahead and further.

  5. Wraithkin

    Wraithkin said, almost 4 years ago


    Actually, I believe that by them trying to cut up the credit cards will be the best thing for America, especially 5-20 years from now. We can’t run perpetual deficits, especially once that cause our percent of GDP held by the public to grow. If it remained in-line with the GDP, it would be less of an issue because then it would be a relatively “flat” proposal. But right now it’s outpacing GDP on a grand scale. And eventually there is only so much debt the market can bear before the system collapses (i.e. other countries stop lending to us).

  6. Paul Harvey

    Paul Harvey said, almost 4 years ago

    All of PresBo’s promises fail. Less drilling on public land, more folks on food stamps, stopping the Keystone pipeline. The Stimulus $800B went, in large part went to the states, to fund them. The office of closing Gitmo has closed. PresBo funded boondoggles like Solyndra to pay back supporters. Funded the auto bailout of the UAW, I know W started it, and we haven’t been paid back yet. Loaned Brazil’s Petrobra $2B to drill off shore Brazil, but 85 % of our coast is off limits.

  7. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, almost 4 years ago

    @Uncle Joe

    Talk about a zero clue.

    When you cut expenses in any endeavor the very first place you go is people. I know that from experience. I had to fight every day to prevent layoffs and the metric was the cost of an employee.

    What part of your inventory do you want to eliminate to save Fred’s job, Bruce?

    Which piece of equipment will you do without to save that work crew?

    How are you going to reduce your budget this year? We recommend you lay off your yard inspector. You can do that job yourself.

    Nope the idiot thought is that you can continue to spend more than you make and STILL claim that you are not adding to the debt.

    Math, it’s what’s for dinner.

  8. Incredulous

    Incredulous said, almost 4 years ago

    and you make that comment with a straight face?

    Reminiscent of the kettle and the pot, isn’t it?

  9. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, almost 4 years ago

    “just hope we make four more years without any major trouble, or with any luck , impeachment.”

    I see this sentiment a lot. Do you really think we’d be better off under President Biden? I don’t think you can impeach him for being silly and verbose, which are his major failings. But say you impeach him. Are you ready for President Boehner? His “laser-like focus” on job creation has paid off so well in his current position…..

    At this point, no changes will matter unless we change lobbying laws and vote the bums all out.

  10. disgustedtaxpayer

    disgustedtaxpayer said, almost 4 years ago

    Obama proposed 29 new federal programs in his SOTU,
    and said he would not increase the federal deficit “by a single dime”…!! (O’s Alice-in-Wonderland America?)
    - article 2/13/13 “Obama’s 29 New Programs Include Energy Security Trust and Preschool for All”
    any taxpayer and any voter that believes Obama has serious problems in understanding reality, IMO.
    Same url for article “Obama’s ‘Sudden, Harsh, Arbitrary’Sequester Only 1.2% of 2013 Spending, Enough to Run Gov’t 4 and 1/2 Days”….“CBO’s latest budget projections show the sequester package would amount to $44 Billion……in a total budget of $3.6 Trillion”….

  11. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago


    Bruce, not disagreeing with the point of your post at all.
    But does this mean that government defense spending actually creates jobs?
    Eric Cantor says that’s impossible.

  12. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago


    You cut your expenses everywhere you can, and the knife gets sharper when the met gets lean. Companies cut back on other things than workers during the recession. There was a domino effect when companies cut back inventory due to lack of demand. Their suppliers fired people, the transportation industry fired people, etc. The states laid off half a million people, who quit spending as much on food, gas, clothes. It’s a near miracle the bottom didn’t fall out.

    There has been a sea change in the attitude of who gets the benefits when a company becomes more profitable or more efficient. Companies have been encouraged to squeeze workers so that Wall Street whiz kids & CEOs can have a much, MUCH bigger piece of the pie than they had several decades ago. Seems like the people in charge of the corporate sector learned from Marie Antoinette.

    I doubt you were thrilled when you had to fire the yard inspector & take on extra work. I’d rather push the pendulum back toward a more equitable distribution between capital & labor than keep expanding the welfare state. Sadly, I don’t see either political party giving this much thought.

    Every time I see someone say, “eliminate the minimum wage & we’ll have full employment”, I wonder how they think anyone can survive on $5 an hour or less.

  13. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago


    “I think the big issue is that the Republicans don’t believe in spending money to make money for the government.”

    The government isn’t in the business of turning a profit. We should spend on the things that allow the private sector to thrive, like infrastructure, the legal system & advanced research. We should also provide a safety net for people who have bad luck, like a health crisis or working for Enron when they went belly up.

  14. coffee_mom11

    coffee_mom11 said, almost 4 years ago

    Love this one! He doesn’t understand that if you want the Deficit to get “slimmer”, you feed it less, not more!

  15. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, almost 4 years ago


    You know, everything you do – when it is connected to feeding, housing, clothing the population. Or moving goods, and – yes – manufacturing war material, creates jobs in one way or another.

    Government jobs are an “indirect” result, while manufacturing jobs are a direct effect.

    The private sector is in the business of making and supplying goods, to private sector outlets. People are employed in various aspects of production,transportation, sales, service and – maybe the most important – personal consumption.

    Now while the government is involved in the personal consumption, government jobs are “service” jobs only. Yes the government makes purchases of goods and thus “creates” the opportunity for the private sector to hire someone to make that product. Other than that government jobs deal with regulation and compliance to laws passed. Why, even the president understands that he is there to execute “passed laws” an d not to dictate what those laws are (though he has slipped past that a time of two – but what president doesn’t)

    One of my pet peeves.

    Government workers from the president to the least senior desk jockey/pencil pusher are SERVANTS to the people. WE the PEOPLE are their BOSS.

    In free governments, the rulers are the servants, and the people their superiors and sovereigns… – Benjamin Franklin

    How did things get so turned around?

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