Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. exoticdoc2

    exoticdoc2 said, 1 day ago

    Thank you corrupt libs.

  2. Crosspatch

    Crosspatch said, 1 day ago

    Wow talk about clueless Texan sheeple woman.
    You really should look into CalPER’s the independent contracted employee retirement organization not under the thumb of the state.
    Their income from investments alone this year hit $301.4 Billion.
    Before you paste the sheeple media hype you really should understand the issue.

  3. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, 1 day ago


    Thank you, the information is both the truth and a direct refutation of this totally California hating ultra conservative woman. I really do grow very tired of her. There is even an element in California of ultra conservatives that want California to do a Texas type of sillyness and leave the union of the USA. If that was to actually happen then the economy of the US would collapse totally over night, perhaps before this charming woman does another such idiotic cartoon she should think about such a consequence!

    Luckily for everybody, there are those of us in California that are genuine unionists, and unlike the tea party types are not still fighting the civil war, so such an insane break will not happen!!

  4. mikefive

    mikefive said, 1 day ago


    “Their income from investments alone this year hit $301.4 Billion.”

    I think you may have misread that site. Under “Investment Portfolio Market Value”, Actual Investment (Billions)", “Total Fund”, “$301.4” is where that number came from, not from income. Income year end-on-year end 2012 to 2013 was $34.8 billion or if you prefer fiscal year, $30.3 billion. Either one is a good rate of return for a retirement/health fund. One thing that is sadly lacking is a summary table on total expenditures, or any information on total expenditures for that matter. All in all, if I had ever submitted a report to the powers that be in any place that I worked It would probably have behooved me to start looking for another job.

  5. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, 1 day ago

    Debt per se ain’t bad. Debt managed badly is bad. I’ve used debt to buy houses, invest in gold, put kids through university, and wheels under me and my wife simultaneously and build a couple of businesses.
    We don’t need to be free of debt; we need to be free of lying, cheating and stealing. RepubliCons need to become Republicans again.

  6. old1953

    old1953 said, 1 day ago


    And that is one of the best comments ever! Five stars for you!

  7. Nancy

    Nancy GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    and the Dems need to stop being racist, demo-rats

  8. DLee4144

    DLee4144 GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    @Robert Landers

    I don’t know what damage it would do to the United States to lose Texas, but I’m willing to risk it.

  9. Crosspatch

    Crosspatch said, 1 day ago


    And your sheeple-ness created this because?

  10. DLee4144

    DLee4144 GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    There’s a simple solution to all of the retirement issues. Just SCRAP THE CAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ………….The payroll tax that funds Social Security is levied only on a certain amount of income. This year it’s capped at $117,000. That means most wage earners will pay 6.2 percent of every dime they earn in 2014, but high earners will stop paying after passing the cap. This means some people face a much higher Social Security tax rate than others. Under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA), the Social Security tax is applied as a straight percentage of income; it’s levied at a rate of 12.4 percent of income.
    That has put the cap at the center of the debate over Social Security reform. Eliminating the cap on income subject to tax has been suggested often as a way to improve the program’s long-term funding gap. New payroll tax revenue could close the gap by 90 percent. Elimination of the cap also figures in a broader discussion aimed at addressing the looming retirement security crisis among middle- and lower-income households. Enhancing Social Security looks like the best solution to that problem.
    Who would be affected by a change in the cap? A CEPR analysis of 2011 Census Bureau data found that eliminating the cap would affect the pocketbooks of the top 5.2 percent of wage earners; lifting it to $250,000 would hit 1.3 percent. The affected workers would be 97.5 percent male and 98 percent white.
    More taxes for little return may not sound fair – until you recall that huge difference in the payroll tax rates Americans now pay. But the wealthy get one more benefit from paying higher taxes, argues Virginia Reno, vice president for income security at the National Academy of Social Insurance.
    “We support Social Security because they hope to get benefits someday, but also because we want to live in a society where everyone has basic security in retirement. High-income people have the ability to pay proportionately, and to live in a society where everyone has basic protection.
    “Wealthy people should think about the low-income people who contribute to the quality of their live in ways they never see,” she says. “They’re preparing meals for their kids at college, they’re daycare workers or hospital orderlies. Social Security is the only thing they can count on in retirement.”

  11. Crosspatch

    Crosspatch said, 1 day ago


    It is confusing looking at Growth of Fund chart they show 300.3 Billion Year End 6/30/14.
    I do agree the lack of expenditures table makes the big picture cloudy but their service coverage is better than most.
    My wife was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in Jan our Cap thanks to the PPACA is $3000, she has had a tough time with the chemo side effects and has had numinous tests.
    All in all we’ve been covered by CalPers since 1983 and have nothing but great service from them.
    To see Ms. Benson’s tone deaf conservative sheeple cluelessness hit a nerve.

  12. disgustedamerican

    disgustedamerican said, about 23 hours ago

    there is a VAST difference between public pension systems and the Social Security Retirement system.
    1. the greedy demand to make the “rich” pay it all is a violation of one man, one vote, one tax rate we should have adopted. Fairness was thrown into a black hole early on in our history.
    2.Illinois may be #1 in unfunded liabilities for pensions for state workers, including teachers. Politicians promised to high heaven, but did not use honest math and did not set aside monies as private businesses are legally required to do.
    3.Illinois was run by Democrats my working lifetime (1948-2006) and Dems made it a high-tax state (long haul truck drivers would fill up in states on the east and west of Illinois before entering Illinois to avoid fillups and highest fuel taxes per gallon. All our state taxes have driven businesses to move away from Illinois. Taxers are stupid to expect all the sheep to lie down and be shorn continually!

  13. denis1112

    denis1112 said, about 22 hours ago


    I believe the democrats are the ones relying on the stupidity of the American voter.Over and over and over and over.Or so they claim and get paid big bucks from the tax payer while doing it.
    The easily duped remain easily duped.
    Then tell us how dumb we are because we don’t want to fund them.
    How is that business exit tax working out for California?Or were they dumb enough to actually pass it?

  14. DGF999

    DGF999 said, about 21 hours ago

    @Robert Landers

    If you’re that tired of her, why do you keep coming back?

  15. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 20 hours ago

    California debt still is based in Measure 13 and Reagan measures of the era to cut or eliminate taxes as Governor. Reagan, like “W”, is the gift that keeps on taking, not giving.

    The subsidies and giveaways to the “energy” industry btw, will swallow that penison debt, making it look like a tic tac swallowed by a sperm whale.

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