Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    Budget cuts probably wouldn’t seem to be out of control if spending hadn’t gotten out of control.

  2. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 3 years ago

    From a 27 billion dollar deficit to a balanced budget. Is it true? Will it also be true that as goes CA so goes the nation?

    How? By tax increase and spending cuts. go figure.

  3. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago


    It’s my understanding that the basis for the CA balanced budget is based on taxing the volatile year to year income of the very rich. If this is so, then the CA budget is on very treacherous ground.

  4. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 3 years ago


    Of course it is. TAX THE RICH!!!! The liberal war cry and CA is one liberal stronghold.

  5. vwdualnomand

    vwdualnomand said, over 3 years ago

    why do conservatives believe spending cuts will lead to prosperity?

  6. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 3 years ago


    California unemployment rate 9.8%

    Texas unemployment rate 6.1%

    Texas total state debt (3rd least) $33,299,313.000.00

    California public debt (the worst state)

    Of the top ten “least” debt ridden states 8 have republican governors .. only 2 democrats

    I don’t know dude looks to me like the liberals are the ones screwing the poor.

  7. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    “I don’t know dude looks to me like the liberals are the ones screwing the poor.”

    Democrats have a track record of being willing to fund programs to help lower income people.

    The California Democrats have been terrible about fiscal responsibility, but I recall a certain Republican Governor who wasted away the chance to bring things in order.

    The states with the lowest per capita debt fall into 3 categories:

    States riding high energy prices, (Texas, N. Dakota)

    States with small, rural populations. (Iowa, Wyoming)

    States that spend little on education & services… not coincidentally these are states with the highest poverty rates. (Mississippi, Alabama)

    My main point is that local economics have at least as much to do with state debts as political control.

  8. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    BTW, yesterday there was a discussion about immigration where you said, “Now tell me which one of these organizations is calling for “citizenship” for those that came to the US illegally? Which one of these organizations is lobbying for “Irish” rights? "

    There were no immigration laws at all until 1924, other than the Chinese Exclusion Act. In 1924, quotas were imposed that favored Northern & Western Europeans at the expense of Eastern & Southern Europeans. Immigrants in the 19th Century didn’t face any obstacles to coming to the US. The path to Citizenship at the time basically consisted of living in the US for 5 years & swearing an oath of allegiance. I’m not sure how many actually became Citizens during this time.

    “The Irish came to this country with one thing in mind. To be American. Same with the Italians and the Germans, and the Japanese or any other immigrant group. Yes, they were so eager to become “American” that learning the language was a priority. That studying and applying the constitution was paramount in their view. "

    Irish immigrants were isolated & discriminated against well through the 20th Century. Many came to the US hoping to return if things ever improved at home. The Irish did have one big advantage over other immigrant groups: they already spoke English.

    Italian & German immigrants tended to live in ethnic conclaves, whether in urban neighborhoods or rural communities. The fact that there were many newspapers published in Italian & German suggests they weren’t giving up their native tongues for English as fast as you seem to think.

    I don’t know of any American born Hispanics who don’t speak English & I know a lot of them. Assimilation is a two way streets. Immigrants don’t assimilate when they are isolated.

  9. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago

    A bipartisan recognition of the problem Adrian, succinctly said. Thank you
    When man is the problem, man MUST be the solution
    Despite opposing positions, many well conveyed, the truth lies somewhere in a broad middle. What I like about Ms. Benson’s cartoon is Lady Justice, reduced as she is in stature, has removed the blindfold; not, one hopes, because she’s no longer impartial, but because now she’s going to audit programs and contracts and force an end to the waste, fraud, and abuse robbing those she serves. One hopes she starts with the relationship between lobbyists and lawmakers – imo, the worst of the abusers.

  10. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 3 years ago

    The thing about what Howie says is that conservatives actually believe this crap! (PS spending under Obama is down. Spending under Bush was up every single year.)

  11. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago


    Federal spending 2001-2012. Proposed federal spending 2013-2015.

    2001 $1.9 trillion (Bush 2001 to 2009)
    2002 $2.0 trillion
    2003 $2.2 trillion
    2004 $2.3 trillion
    2005 $2.5 trillion
    2006 $2.7 trillion
    2007 $2.7 trillion
    2008 $3.0 trillion
    2009 $3.1 trillion (proposed by Bush, signed into law by Obama)
    2010 $3.5 trillion
    2011 $3.6 trillion
    2012 $3.8 trillion
    2013 $3.8 trillion (proposed)
    2014 $3.9 trillion (estimated)
    2015 $4.1 trillion (estimated)

  12. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    More accurately, the rate of increase in spending is lower under Obama than it was under Bush. We need to bend the long term arc of spending still lower, but Republicans like Rand Paul who think the sequester is an ok way to deal with it are reckless & naive.

    And, why don’t any of our conservatives answer when I ask, why closing loopholes was a good idea when Romney proposed it, but now that Obama is talking about it, they hate it?

  13. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 3 years ago

    @Uncle Joe

    Aren’t you the one that chided me about not leaving a reference? (look look nope)

    Yes, different states have have different ways to make money, employ people and fund services. So what? Do you think that maybe, just maybe, California has wasted it’s resources through fiscal mismanagement? While those states with other more meager less spectacular resources still manage to do well. Think it just may be government policy?

    But you are just sitting there blindly agreeing with your “democrat” talking points. Condemning a state’s success because of “republican” leadership being able to mange a budget in both good and bad years.

    You said: “Democrats have a track record of being willing to fund programs to help lower income people.”

    Yes, they have programs that are suppose to be “stop gap” measures to assist workers out of a job for a limited time. They have programs to place “poor” families in low cost government housing with little or no maintenance. The have programs to facilitate “planning” within a family, they have programs to assist young mothers with infants to be able to feed their children and programs to provide basic sustenance to low income families.

    What they do NOT do is have programs to educate, retrain, people to work in a new field and get them off all that assistance so they can support themselves. NO requirements to work for the money, or to be actively looking for a job so WHY would they? No, while your programs may sound all touchy feely they are really a trap.

    Just my opinion.

  14. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago


    I was on the subway yesterday and fell into conversation with a young guy, maybe 21 or 22, who was sitting with a hard hat in his lap. It turns out he was a kid from a tough part of town, but the Ministry of Education here in Ontario has an apprenticeship program targeted to young people in trouble, in partnership with the unions, and he went through this program and was trained in several trades, and ended up as an iron-worker. He’s working now on one of the big condos going up downtown; he says that job will last another year and a half, and that there are jobs in his area crying out to be filled, so he knows he’ll get another job after this. He was very proud of himself and he was proud of the program. This is an example of the government and the unions working together to support private enterprise and to help people make something of themselves.

  15. omQ R

    omQ R said, over 3 years ago

    @Uncle Joe

    ‘Assimilation is a two way street. Immigrants don’t assimilate when they are isolated.
    Excellent; and concisely put. The “blame” for many immigrants relying on their “enclaves” for support is almost always lain at their feet exclusively, as if many aren’t driven to it when the host nation isn’t willing to integrate and then assimilate them.

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