Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. Boots at the Boar

    Boots at the Boar said, over 2 years 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. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 2 years ago

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

  3. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 2 years 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.

  4. SpicyNacho

    SpicyNacho GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years 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”.

  5. Ted Lind

    Ted Lind GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years 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.

  6. Balto Bill

    Balto Bill said, over 2 years 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.

  7. D Lee

    D Lee GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years 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.

  8. D Lee

    D Lee GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years 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.

  9. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, over 2 years ago

    That is the way it works.

  10. Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years 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?

  11. Hedgehog

    Hedgehog said, over 2 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    RT, what you don’t seem to understand is that just because YOU insist that WE should do something doesn’t mean that we actually SHOULD do something. Inaction is by definition, an action. Phrased differently: sometimes the best thing to do is nothing at all.

  12. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, over 2 years ago

    “…when the President indulges in his high school fantasies of jeering to the crowd about the opposition rather than sitting down and dealing with them, he doesn’t deserve cooperation.”
    .
    Yeah, because when he does sit down with them, they only get 98% of what they want. If only he’d cooperate with them and give them that other 2%!

  13. Mike Herman

    Mike Herman said, over 2 years ago

    I think that whole “President as King” clause shows up in the lib Constitution somewhere between the right to an abortion and the right to free health care. They made room for it by erasing the Second and Ninth Amendments.

  14. wbr

    wbr said, over 2 years ago

    dear wolf starting with obamacare when bho met with the gop he first lectured them and when mccain tried to make some suggestion he was told you lost so sit down and shut up

  15. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 2 years ago

    @SpicyNacho

    Despite naysayers, Spicy, I believe Mr. Obama tried very hard to work with Congress from 2009 to 2011, putting forward the Dream Act, Romney care, and other ideas that originally came from conservative sources. I can provide the many quotes from conservatives who turned on their own ideas to prevent the POTUS from winning a second term… which failed. I do agree he could do more, I’ve written recently of how I wish he would just go into conservatives districts and have some town hall meetings to force some actions. If he really believes in his ideas, don’t take them to a friendly crowd, take them to where people don’t believe him.
    And when I hear all of the mean things conservatives say about him, I like “stand up comedian” speeches, especially when they are valid and true.
    Respectfully,
    C.
    @ 4my10851cs – I respectfully disagree, and suggest it is Reid and Boehnor who are the ones making nothing happen in D.C.
    Respectfully,
    C.
    @ Hedgehog 52 – I agree, H-52. I premised my comment with “he’s doing something even if it’s wrong”, and I added that people have been punished for doing things that were the right thing to do at the time. We have severe problems in our nation which are not being addressed by our Congress, Set aside immigration for a moment, we have thousands of bridges and roads in disrepair, and Congress would rather put forward an impotent bill to sue the President rather than make sure highway funding remains constant for the entire length of their 5 week vacation/election tour.
    I don’t know if any of the President’s orders will address that issue, or if he’ll focus on things that will get the attention of the democrat’s base, but as I said in my comment, I have SYMPATHY to his position and do wonder what I would do in such an unwanted situation.
    I do not disagree with you, but sometimes, for evil to succeed, all good people must do…
    is nothing.
    You’re right… doing nothing IS an action.
    Respectfully,
    C.

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