Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years 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, almost 4 years 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, almost 4 years 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.

  4. DGF999

    DGF999 said, almost 4 years ago

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

  5. uh-oh

    uh-oh said, almost 4 years ago

    Entitlement is misused as a word once again.

  6. mikefive

    mikefive said, almost 4 years ago


    The page isn’t big enough.

  7. Kylie2112

    Kylie2112 said, almost 4 years ago


    $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, almost 4 years 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. Wraithkin

    Wraithkin said, almost 4 years 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.

  10. John Mettler

    John Mettler said, almost 4 years ago

    Forgot defense

  11. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, almost 4 years ago

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

  12. Wraithkin

    Wraithkin said, almost 4 years ago


    Defense spending takes up roughly 19-20% of our budget. Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid outlays take up about 40%. The problem is that the liabilities for the latter three are actually going to balloon up to be 100% in our lifetimes. That’s why everyone with any sort of analytical ability is saying we need to reform SS, Medicare, and Medicaid.

  13. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, almost 4 years ago

    Cuts anywhere in the government are going to cost jobs, which will hamper the recovery. Why should the DoD be given more consideration than, say, the EPA or the Department of Education?
    You can’t tell me that the Department of Defense has NO waste and that EVERY job is 100% vital to our safety.

  14. Wraithkin

    Wraithkin said, almost 4 years ago

    The problem is that “entitlement spending,” as it’s called, is a problem. I am not rich, I am not a corporate executive, but I also don’t approve of the extensive “social safety net” programs we have. I have come from a very modest background, and I have earned everything I have; at one point I was working three jobs just to make end’s meet. And yet, I am still against just about everything the government is doing right now.

    3 years of unemployment coverage? Social Security disability approvals spiking? Free phones for the “poor”? Red Bull and chips on food stamps? Social workers helping people get bigger welfare checks? Tax returns bigger than the taxes they paid in? Those are all unacceptable in my eyes, because they are all coming off my paycheck.

    The entitlement programs are named that because people feel entitled to them, even if they don’t rate them, at least that’s how I see it. I’ve been working since I was 16, been paying SS for my entire working life, and I am confident the system will collapse under its own largess and abuse by the public. And yet I’m the bad guy for saying that these programs need to be trimmed? What about those useless turds that abuse the system? You all know full well that most of those social security disability applicants are not disabled; they are simply out of unemployment coverage.

    And when you folks also attack oil companies (aka corporate welfare) and tax breaks on the “rich” (welfare for the rich), you are missing the bigger picture. The oil companies make 3 cents profit per gallon of gasoline pumped. The federal government takes about 48 cents a gallon. The rest is baseline cost. So while these oil companies aren’t hurting for money, taxing them more because they have 3 cents profit is silly.

    As for the rich? The top 5% pay 50% of the taxes in this country. There is only so much people will endure before they take their toys and move away. Then that 50% becomes 0%. And then where is the money going to come from? They also are the ones with the money to throw around the stock market, invest in new companies, provide investment capital, and buy bonds that fund our government. Why do we want to punish and discourage these activities with higher taxes? Without these activities, our economy contracts.

  15. Wraithkin

    Wraithkin said, almost 4 years ago

    @The Wolf In Your Midst

    There is a lot of duplication within the DOD, just like there is duplication at all levels of government. And yes, government cuts will cost jobs. But those jobs never should have been made in the first place. So while it may be a short-term pain, long-term it’s going to be for the best.

    Here’s how I look at it: We have a patient (the US Economy) with a gangrenous foot (Overspending of the government). We can either amputate the foot (which will hurt, and cost jobs), or we can leave it alone and watch as the infection spreads and kills the patient. It is not going to end well if we do not excise our deficit spending. I didn’t approve of it under Bush, and I REALLY don’t approve of it under Obama.

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