Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. PianoGuy24

    PianoGuy24 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    “I have nothing to hide, so it doesn’t bother me” is not a good excuse for it to happen. And I don’t CARE which presidents have or haven’t done it. It’s NOT a good thing for the Government to be doing to it’s OWN citizens!

  2. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, about 1 year ago

    We won’t hear it from Lisa, but the US economy has created over seven million new jobs in the last 40 months; this year is shaping up to be the best for private-sector job growth since 1999. The stock market is at a record high. The housing market is robust again. The federal deficit is falling at the fastest rate in 60 years. And in June, the government actually ran a $116 billion surplus — that is, took in that much more than it spent…

    Mind saying why the RepubliCons want to shut it all down, Ms. Benson? Or are you gonna stick with flogging 007?

  3. Becca

    Becca said, about 1 year ago

    @PianoGuy24

    “I have nothing to hide, so it doesn’t bother me”

    I keep hearing that line so much I want to scream.

  4. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 1 year ago

    If we knew our gov’t was run by people of honor, ethical character, and able to resist abusing their power, we could permit this with confidence. However, our two party cannibalistic oligarchy is filled with people who believe the ends justify any means used. It is a very small step from collecting info through which law enforcement can sift in the event of crimes to a society run by people who know everything about a citizen and who watch everything citizens do. Eisenhower was right, it takes an informed and educated electorate to stand up to the military industrial complex. It is said his draft for that speech included the word, Congressional.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  5. bueller

    bueller said, about 1 year ago

    @wmconelly

    And while Lisa is at it, she can pick up
    some pom-poms and cheer in front of
    the white house. Oh, wait -that’s a different
    occupation entirely,isn’t it ?

  6. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, about 1 year ago

    Two, count ‘em, two presidents from the two leading parties BOTH found this program indispensable to keeping America safe, and they have information the rest of us don’t have, so we must respect their judgement.


    For those on the right, Bush, Jr fully approved, and since Obama is doing the exact same thing, you can’t complain.


    For those on the left, well, there isn’t one, but you Obamabots must agree Obama is doing the right thing, and, since Bush, Jr did the exact same thing, he must have been doing the right thing, too.


    It is the duty and responsibility of our elected leaders to make certain the US is never threatened by those who would replace those leaders in the next election, and Prism helps them achieve that essential goal and keep us safe from voting our elected leaders out of office.

  7. avarner

    avarner said, about 1 year ago

    When the people in power know EVERYTHING about EVERYONE, they can control the outcome of ANY situation. Including who will replace them. (If they ARE replaced.) That’s what is at stake here. Wake up sheep. You are not “safer.” Just the opposite.

  8. Jeff H

    Jeff H said, about 1 year ago

    @PianoGuy24

    The problem, of course, is that those in power currently feel that we are not “citizens”, but “subjects”.

  9. Clark  Kent

    Clark Kent said, about 1 year ago

    My life is nobody’s business. Get lost NSA.
    ……………………………………………….
    PS: the word bubble saying “uh oh” is a good touch.

  10. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @wmconelly

    OK…good job…wait…itf it’s so fantastic then why is this true?

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-08-02/obamacare-full-frontal-953000-jobs-created-2013-77-or-731000-are-part-time

    http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/08/02/poll-record-number-21-million-young-adults-living-with-parents/

    http://blog.heritage.org/2013/03/20/food-stamps-participation-hit-record-highs-in-2012/

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/domesticpolicy/forget-the-unemployment-rate-the-alarming-stat-is-the-number-of-missing-workers-20130503

    Now I do agree that there is positive things to look at. However, you are incorrect when you say that “republicans want to shut it all down”. No, rather the republicans want to defund the ACA while fund all other aspects of government.. BUT, it would not be like it never happened before.

    http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2011/04/08/6432513-this-would-be-18th-government-shutdown-in-us-history?lite

    And berating Lisa for not addressing this issue instead of the NSA overreach? Well….

  11. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    It’s not often I agree with Ms. Benson’s political views, but here I feel she’s right on-target. I’ve been severely disappointed in Obama’s handling of this surveillance-state progression.
    But a big part of the problem is that most of the people talking about this are either partisan hacks on either side of the aisle (who only want to see this mess pointed at “the other guy”), or oblivious idiots who say “if you have nothing to hide, you’ll be fine” or “the government doesn’t care about what you do in private”. And it’s really the second group that angers me the most, because of the amount of stupidity it requires to hold that mindset.
    Folks, “the government” is not some faceless, gargantuan, monolithic entity. It is comprised of people, people who may have biases and agendas of their own. If Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden could gather up information so easily, then how do you know YOUR information is safe from somebody who might decide that you need to “learn a lesson”?
    Or is the plan simply to keep the terrorists from destroying our freedoms by destroying them ourselves first?

  12. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 1 year ago

    J. Edgar Hoover would never have misused all of that information that he garnered illegally except to harass political dissenters, activists and whomever else he didn’t like. Maybe to keep his job for almost 50 years. He would never have kept secret files to blackmail Presidents, Congressmen, or whomever else he wanted something from. Of course he was only one man and completely honorable. The NSA is J. Edgar Hoover on massive amounts of steroids with information available to all and sundry that work at NSA. Of course, none of those with access to that information would ever consider using it to the detriment of political dissenters, activists, or individuals. Or even to blackmail Presidents, Congressmen or whomever else an NSA official might want something from.

  13. D PB

    D PB said, about 1 year ago

    @Michael wme

    So, by your somewhat agonizingly twisted logic, it wouldn’t be a problem to section off a section of a large city, or the entire city, where a crime occurred, place everyone under arrest, then weed out the actual perps?

    Oops, never mind, we already had that happen, the only thing missing was placing everyone under arrest.

    The continuing loss of freedoms, growth of the police state and twisted justifications provided for these violations of our freedoms means we have not learned from past mistakes. Take a moment to reflect on your history lessons, look back at the reasoning and justification used for the pogroms, rise of fascism, and any other number of things done by government to “protect the people” which only removed freedoms and further empowered the government.

    This isn’t a slippery slope, it a freaking slide and the government is enjoying the ride, get a clue.

  14. denis1112

    denis1112 said, about 1 year ago

    @wmconelly

    We won’t hear it from Lisa, but the US economy has created over seven million new jobs in the last 40 months; this year is shaping up to be the best for private-sector job growth since 1999
    -———————-
    The jobs numbers came out today ,162,000 last month.The numbers for May and June were revised down from what they said before.Americans woked fewer hours and made less.The unemployment rate dropped because the government quit counting those who supposedly quit looking for a job.The stock market ain’t hiring.We come up 1,100,000 jobs or more short every month.All this is in an AP story.
    Only the easily duped weed heads think it’s getting better.

  15. dzw3030

    dzw3030 said, about 1 year ago

    @onguard

    Bingo! Once the Database exists, someone will use it to further their agenda, regardless of original intent. All for the common good, of course.

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