Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    I heard a description on NPR of what a lot of the DOD cuts will entail. They would have to furlough civilian workers for a total of 22 days in a period of 6 months, amongst other military cuts. They would have to cut the state dept. budget and slow down Kerry’s big plans for climate change money and other pet projects. So far the draconian cuts Obama talked about are fantasy and I think this cartoon is actually relevant to the analogy of spending issues. The sequester is chicken feed and IMO they should just let it happen. Obama initiated the process in 2011 and now it’s another “crises” because neither Obama or congress can get themselves together to work out the issues at hand.

  2. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 1 year ago

    Sequestration is the Spendocrats worst nightmare and would probably the best thing the Republicans have done in a while.
    Oh no, government is going to get a little smaller!!!!!!
    I think most Americans agree that DC already has enough of our money. If they have to move money around, like they always do, then good. They will cut only the fat first. About time.

  3. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 1 year ago

    The problem with sequestration is the cuts are not targeted. Waste/fraud may continue while a necessary service is cut. For example subsidies to companies will continue while funds to schools are cut and first responders are furloughed or laid off. I am sympathetic to mickey’s comment, but I would prefer the legislators target specific cuts rather than dodge their responsibilities by letting a ‘lottery’ of cuts take place. These kind of cuts may actually protect some of the waste/fraud for which our taxes are paying.
    Ms. Benson’s cartoon is mostly accurate. The size of the threats are, imo, closer than the art shows, and Mr. Obama’s squad car should be a SWAT van full of congressional legislators- with Mr. Obama in the driver’s seat and Mr. Boehnor in the passenger seat. That bigger rock was being built up long before any of these guys were in power. But all of them have the power and duty to make intelligent choices in a bipartisan effort. The current plan is designed to create political ads blaming the other side for the damage our economy is about to experience.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  4. DGF999

    DGF999 said, about 1 year ago

    Good cartoon, except that the entitlement asteroid needs to be a whole lot bigger

  5. uh-oh

    uh-oh GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Entitlement is misused as a word once again.

  6. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 1 year ago

    @DGF999

    The page isn’t big enough.

  7. Kylie2112

    Kylie2112 said, about 1 year ago

    @mickey1339

    $4700 out of your pocket is a fair amount of cash, wouldn’t you think?
    -
    $3.5B out of the hands of consumers is NOT a good thing (no civilian DoD employee is making more than $120k a year), which is what the furlough WILL do.

  8. SpicyNacho

    SpicyNacho GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @Respectful Troll

    Cuts equals less growth than was expected here. Gov’t will still have more money than they had last year. Kind of ridiculous how President Obama can stand up with his prop peeople again and claim that first responders and police and fire and teachers and we will never recover from this little dent in funding.
    *
    I think if he can target in any way, he will target cuts to anything that effects people the most day to day, so that he and his media army can say “see how terrible the Republicans are” Never let a good crisis go to waste when you can divide and degrade the enemy as he famously said.

  9. Clark  Kent

    Clark Kent said, about 1 year ago

    Social Security amd Medicare are not entitlements. Tax cuts for the wealthy and the megacorporations are entitlements as well as welfare for the rich.

  10. Wraithkin

    Wraithkin said, about 1 year ago

    Here’s the thing that blows my mind. The supercommittee was responsible for finding 1.2 trillion in 10 years (aka 120 billion per year) in cuts. They couldn’t make it happen, so this is what we get. Now, compare this to the Simpson-Bowles commission, and they found 2 trillion (200 billion a year) in duplicative programs and waste. So… why again are we having a sequester? If Obama was serious, he would go back to the recommendations from his own commission and use that. Those recommendations had bipartisan support. He’s already got his revenue (600 billion more), now it’s time to make cuts.

  11. John Mettler

    John Mettler said, about 1 year ago

    Forgot defense

  12. TheTrustedMechanic

    TheTrustedMechanic GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @Kylie2112

    Yeah, maybe it was only in Michigan but an assessment on my NPR station estiamted that the impact of the DoD cuts would amount to a roughly $1 billion loss to Michigan’s economy and around 31,000 jobs lost. Those are real people, real jobs and real money. Yeah the cuts will cripple the recovery.

  13. TheTrustedMechanic

    TheTrustedMechanic GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @Clark Kent

    Sadly Clark you will never be able to explain that to the “I got mine, now to hell with everybody else” republican crowd. That is not all republicans, but it is the attitude of the vast majority of republicans posting here daily.

  14. TheTrustedMechanic

    TheTrustedMechanic GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @russell5419

    And you ingest.

  15. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, about 1 year ago

    Too bad there’s isn’t room to show the Defense Spending meteor.

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