Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. Boots at the Boar

    Boots at the Boar GoComics PRO Member said, 3 months ago

    My government at work. The populous isn’t litigious enough as it is, so lead by example. Whatever happened to the good old days when people either shot with dueling pistols or beat each other with a cane to settle their philosophical and procedural disputes.

  2. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, 3 months ago

    That Boehner and his wacky lawsuit.

  3. mikefive

    mikefive said, 3 months ago

    The lawsuit isn’t wacky, Rad-ish. The President has issued Executive Orders that seem to make law rather than implement law.

  4. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, 3 months ago

    @ Radish and Mikefive –
    It does seem that the President has taken the position that it’s time “to do something, even if it’s wrong”.
    The life raft is filling with water and because the Senate and HoR won’t let bills advance for votes on how to get rid of the water, the President is bailing it out by himself.
    I have sympathy for his position and great disgust with Reid and Boehnor and wonder what else the POTUS can do if the legislature refuses to let things happen.
    And while the executive orders issued may be fewer in number than presidents past, there is debate on the degree to which they ‘make law’ rather than implement law.
    People have been fired, gone to jail and been fined for doing the right thing, a delivery driver who stopped to help at an accident comes to mind, he lost his job. Whether or not you agree with the President’s actions, they are actions, and that is more than we are getting from Congress. He has invited them to participate. I hope they do.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  5. SpicyNacho

    SpicyNacho GoComics PRO Member said, 3 months ago

    @Respectful Troll

    It is hard to have sympathy for a President who doesn’t try to work with Congress. He doesn’t care to actually solve any problems he only wants to advance his liberal agenda (oh, and be a stand up comedian, fund raise, travel, golf, and insult anyone who doesn’t agree with his agenda). He is still just voting “present”.

  6. Ted Lind

    Ted Lind GoComics PRO Member said, 3 months ago

    Spicy, I guess the conservatives in the House are acting only to preserve the best interests of the US? The Republican party has become seriously dysfunctional. The Congress is paralyzed. All they can do is spend months and millions to investigate and sue while all the problems facing the country are not addressed. The public should turn them out of office and try to find some Congressmen who will actually do the work they were elected to do.

  7. SizeofaPea

    SizeofaPea said, 3 months ago

    @Jeff Kiser

    “…one cannot act “with” the President since he will use it as an endorsement,”
    So you are admitting that the republicans won’t do ANYTHING because it might make this president look good?
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    FINALLY a conservative admits the truth.

  8. SizeofaPea

    SizeofaPea said, 3 months ago

    @Ted Lind

    I am not a Democrat although I do lean liberal, but the current republicans are NOT serving us. I will be voting in my state primary on Tuesday. I will be voting on the republican ballot (there is only on Democrat running for the important offices on that ballot. So I will be voting for the least repugnant republican for each office that I am educated enough about and I will abstain from voting for other offices, such as Regents of the state universities orwhere there is only one candidate, etc. I have talked to the republican Representative candidate that I will be voting for. I do not agree with all of his views or policies, but from my discussion with him he is intelligent, thoughtful (yeah a thoughtful republican, whodathunk) and interested in knowing the truth behind the issues. He had “minions” (his words not mine) who were very knowledgeable in certain areas to whom he redirected my questions when he wasn’t sure he could answer me adequately.
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    I am not voting on republican to follow rush limbo’s in 2008 I am voting because in my area it is likely that we will have another republican elected as opposed to the highly qualified Democrat for the State Representative and I want a voice in who goes to Washington. I don’t know that I will for the Democrat but I sure want the option to vote for the best (FOR THE PEOPLE not for the party) republican available. And if my primary vote succeeds and the republican is elected to office in the general election (where I still haven’t made up my mind), while I may not have the politician I wanted, I will have a politician I can be happy with. It’s called compromise, if I can’t have all I want at least I can be happy with what I get.
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    I’ve said it before, vote in the primary, get rid of the incumbent there, that way you can still have a choice from your party and not have to vote for the incompetent, reviled do-nothing incumbent.
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    VOTE PEOPLE! It’s the only way we have to take this country back.

  9. Balto Bill

    Balto Bill said, 3 months ago

    @mikefive

    RE:“The President has issued Executive Orders that seem to make law rather than implement law”.

    seemto make law?

    A funny thing happened yesterday. The house had to abandon the vote on their own immigration bill, because of Tea Party rebellion at the last minute. Click Link

    So what is the Republican congress to do now? Here’s a quote from the article:
    “… the GOP leaders called for Obama to take steps on his own to address the border issue without congressional approval …”

    That’s the definition of Irony.

  10. SizeofaPea

    SizeofaPea said, 3 months ago

    @Jeff Kiser

    I have two challenges for you,
    1) Please tell us who has refused to compromise, who has declared they would NOT work with the other side and who has refused to even consider the other sides positions even when that position was EXACTLY what the first side wanted in the first place. Here’s a hint, it sure as h@|| hasn’t Obama.
    2) Name one, just one bill that Reid has (under his butt to make him taller) on his desk that he hasn’t allowed to come up for a vote that isn’t laden with partisan whims, wishes, wants and dreams that are essentially poison pills. Do you mean like the 40+ votes to repeal and replace (with NOTHING!) the PPACA? Or the “jobs bills” that are nothing but deregulation, tax cuts for those "job creators (who DIDN’T the last time around) and other assorted destruction of the protections from corporate greed? Or how about the republican sponsored bill that was brought to the floor and then filibustered by it’s republican author?
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    How about all of the bills that Bohner refuses to bring to the House floor? Including several that are reported to have had sufficient BIPARTISAN support to pass but because there weren’t enough votes solely from the right party Bohner refused to allow them to the floor for a vote. And you have the audacity to whine and complain about Reid not allowing poison pill laden bills come up for a vote (essentially wasting the Senate’s time). You guys have the gall to whine and complain that the Democrats are working with you (in reality giving in and allowing the republicans to steamroll the will of the people.) Who is refusing to work with whom?

  11. DLee4144

    DLee4144 GoComics PRO Member said, 3 months ago

    I wouldn’t mind that the congress is doing absolutely nothing, creating a situation where the president has to do whatever he can using presidential orders. That’s pretty much standard procedure, stupid but standard. I wouldn’t even mind that they are suing him for doing it less often that either of the Bush’s. But when they indulge in this insanity using tax payer money, and there is going to be gobs of it involved, I’m voting from out and donating money and work to the Democrats every chance I get. Vote Democratic- We’re not Perfect, but they’re nuts.

  12. DLee4144

    DLee4144 GoComics PRO Member said, 3 months ago

    Obama says that he has to run the country as best he can on his own because the Republicans refuse to do their job. This simply makes it clear that he doesn’t understand what the Republican’s job is. The Republicans in congress are doing their job very well. If they can’t accomplish anything that Obama won’t veto, then they can stall so that the Democrats can’t accomplish anything either. Their intention is to keep everything just as it is, unless they can manage to return to the “good old days” of the 19th century, before there was a middle class and when only the landed gentry were voters. And, they have a great strategy for accomplishing this.
    1. Disenfranchise everyone you possibly can, unless they are dependable Republican voters.
    2. Produce ads and media emphasis which emphasizes those politicians who are corrupt and incompetent. Paint all Democrats with the same slime. Lacking sufficient actual slime, simply make some up. This undermines the people’s trust in their government and makes them feel like helpless pawns, so they tune out the whole process and accept the status quo.
    3. Support the “job creators”, who are the recipients of a huge portion of the GNP, although that GNP was produced by working people, who are receiving less benefit from it every day. This gives them the money to accomplish the other two goals, and leaves everyone except the “job creators” with increasingly less money to mount a counter campaign.
    So, this is the way we are going lose the middle class and become a country inhabited only by the very rich 1%, and a 99% who are too busy working two jobs to survive to notice.

  13. denis1112

    denis1112 said, 3 months ago

    @Rad-ish

    Where did Obama get the power to change/make the law without congress and the senate?
    That is why they are suing.

  14. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, 3 months ago

    That is the way it works.

  15. Mephistopholes

    Mephistopholes GoComics PRO Member said, 3 months ago

    It is not OK for the President to say “They won’t do what I want so I’m going to take over.” That has been the justification of dictators and tyrants for as long as history has been recorded.

    Things are not going Obama’s way because he is a terrible leader. He has never been able to effectively reach across the aisle and work with the other side and he has been unwilling to recognize that the other side has a legitimate right to their position.

    Now he is stuck unable to get things done. Those of you who cheer him on when he tries to act illegally should remember that Hitler had many supporters in Germany when he took the reigns in the 1930s.

    We have laws and procedures in the country to protect us from tyrants. Instead of cheering on his lawlessness – you should be encouraging him to find ways to reach across the aisle which means he will have to compromise and accept less then he wants.

    You seem to think the Republicans in congress are somehow rogue because they aren’t following Obamas lead. Remember – they were elected by their constituents as well. And their constituents don’t want Obama to enact his liberal agenda. And they want that just as fervently as Obama’s supporters want him to make changes.

    I wonder how supportive the Obama apologists would be if George W Bush said – Congress isn’t moving fast enough so I will change the laws by Executive order?

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