Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, almost 3 years ago

    The government usually runs things smoothly and efficiently so I’m sure the exchanges will work great….

  2. Ji2m

    Ji2m said, almost 3 years ago

    You’re kidding, right?

  3. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 3 years ago

    In an ideal balance between State and Federal gov’t, States are the laboratories where the Federal gov’t has an opportunity to learn best procedures and practices for a better United States and avoid the mistakes.
    In our actual system, lobbyists find the procedures and practices that will enable the greatest pocketing of tax dollars and then, write the legislation to their best advantage for the politicians, state and national, who are beholden to them for campaign donations. Then, with little or no reading, those “lawmakers” pass the bills.
    This is a bipartisan corruption of our system of gov’t and one of which the founders warned over two hundred years ago.
    The image presented by Ms. Benson could easily be a statement of the fiasco occurring within the Veteran’s Administration where supervisors failed to make sure the computer systems were compatible with the results that tens of thousands of veterans are waiting months, and even over a year, for they and their families to receive the benefits promised to them by the gov’t they served with honor and loyalty.
    Please write your legislators and remind them of their responsibilities to our veterans, our active servicemen, and the American people.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  4. UM5

    UM5 said, almost 3 years ago

    bu the end of October we will know what can go wrong in the first month.

  5. Enoki

    Enoki said, almost 3 years ago

    Well, when some hacker in Nigeria starts emptying your bank account and then fles to America on your passport to commit a terrorist attack it won’t be the government’s fault. After all as they told us: “The system worked!”

  6. squirrelchaser

    squirrelchaser said, almost 3 years ago

    @denis1112

    “I have never met a public servant that did not think he was overworked and underpaid”
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    (Not the exact wording, but I credit this to Robert A. Heinlein.)

  7. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    @squirrelchaser

    I dunno, I worked 74 hours this week (and will work tomorrow, too) in preparation for EOFY. I average between 50-60 all week, and it’s not compensated in any way. I also took a $15k drop in pay 8 years ago to work for the Marine Corps, and let me tell you something – they appreciate our efforts far more than any of the private companies I’ve worked for. My team is top notch and dedicated, in spite of the ignorant, derisive crap we hear from people like you all the time.

  8. mikefive

    mikefive said, almost 3 years ago

    “I think that private enterprise messes up even more.”

    The significant difference is that private enterprise cleans up its messes quickly whereas government takes forever (if ever) to clean up their messes. Private enterprise normally holds people responsible. The government? Not so much.

  9. dzw3030

    dzw3030 said, almost 3 years ago

    @squirrelchaser

    Yeah, that sounds like Heinlein…

  10. zippy06

    zippy06 said, almost 3 years ago

    The whole “Known World” is Screwed.

  11. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    @mikefive

    ‘The significant difference is that private enterprise cleans up its messes quickly whereas government takes forever (if ever) to clean up their messes. Private enterprise normally holds people responsible. The government? Not so much.’
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    Have to disagree somewhat here, mikefive. Both govt and private enterprise tend to hold someone responsible, but rarely is it ever someone in power in either case.
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    Was anyone held responsible in the Enron debacle? Lehman Bros bankruptcy? The deaths on the BP platform? (Not to mention the oil spill)
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    If anyone is ever held responsible in the corporate world, it is someone at a relatively low level.
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    Kind of like the My Lai massacre, where no one above the rank of captain was held accountable.

  12. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    @denis1112

    ‘The government would need to hire people that would actually work for them to be able to do anything.Ever been to the DMV?’
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    Shockingly, last month I renewed my drivers’ license. I had to go in to DMV to do it, application, test (on paper), new picture, the works. I did not have an appointment.
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    I entered, stood in a fairly fast moving line of about eight people, was given a number and sat for a few minutes until it came up on the lighted board.
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    Did my vision test, wrote my check, and was given the paper test to complete. When that was done, I stood behind one person and was graded within two minutes. I then stood in another one person line for my new picture (they took two, since I blinked) and handed me my temporary license. My real one came in the mail about a week later.
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    My total time was about 40 minutes. Here’s the kicker: At every station, the person was friendly, knowledgeable and friendly. Every one of them smiled at me and each of the other ‘customers’ that I observed.
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    I also asked a related question at one of the stations and the lady immediately looked up the answer for me. I knew the DMV was improving, in large part due to improved systems, but the customer relations improvement was dramatic.

  13. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    @squirrelchaser

    ‘“I have never met a public servant that did not think he was overworked and underpaid”
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    (Not the exact wording, but I credit this to Robert A. Heinlein.)’
    ^
    I have never met anyone in the private sector who felt this way.
    ^
    I’ll bet you, yourself have never felt this way, either.

  14. dzw3030

    dzw3030 said, almost 3 years ago

    @braindead08

    I have never met anyone in the private sector who felt this way.
    I have. Working for a private corp, there was always some compensation for good work. It might have been slow coming, but it did come. Working for a Govt research facility, putting out extra effort was like wetting yourself wearing dark trousers. You had a warm feeling for a bit but nobody noticed.

  15. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    @dzw3030

    “Working for a private corp, there was always some compensation for good work. It might have been slow coming, but it did come. "
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    There’s this one comic strip you might want to check out. It’s about working in the private sector and it’s done by someone who worked in the private sector.
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    The comics are all based on true incidents.
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    You may have seen it. It’s name is ‘Dilbert’.

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