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Matt Wuerker

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  1. NebulousRikulau

    NebulousRikulau GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Oh, NOW they make this comment.
    Now that he’s become irrelevant.

  2. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Matt forgot the 5th and 6th branches: Corporations and the NRA.

  3. mikefive

    mikefive said, almost 4 years ago

    The Republican members of Congress need to stand up and tell this guy to stuff it. He’s an obstruction to any kind of compromise.

  4. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, almost 4 years ago

    Mike Smith’s cartoon today says the three branches are Judicial, Executive, and Lethargic.

  5. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, almost 4 years ago

    I thought Cheney was the original fourth branch as President of the Senate – neither Executive nor Legislative.

  6. Bailey

    Bailey said, almost 4 years ago

    … and stealing from the environment, too.

  7. K M

    K M GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    You’re forgetting the fourth branch of the current government, George Soros, and all his ready cash trying (and unfortunately, largely succeeding) to undermine the Constitution.

  8. Stipple

    Stipple said, almost 4 years ago

    Well off folks that think they are poor need to go slumming and look at the poor.
    Embarrassment should slow the tide of ignorance posted about their income at that point.

  9. JoeCoolLives

    JoeCoolLives said, almost 4 years ago

    With just days left for President Obama and lawmakers in Congress to avert a major tax hike, sequestration, and other major policy changes, today we bring you a list of the top 10 facts on federal spending in 2012:

    Four years of trillion-dollar-plus deficits. Fiscal year 2012 concluded with a $1.1 trillion deficit, marking the fourth year of trillion-dollar-plus deficits. Too much spending is the root cause of the federal government’s deep and sustained deficits. At 23 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2012 and on track to rise further, federal spending is growing at a dangerous pace.National debt hit $16 trillion. On September 4, the U.S. national debt hit the $16 trillion mark. We owe more on the national debt than the entire U.S. economy produced in goods and services in all of 2012. Sixteen trillion dollar bills stacked one on top of the other would measure more than 1 million miles high, which would reach to the moon and back more than twice.The debt limit was raised by $1.2 trillion. On January 30, the federal government raised its debt limit from a staggering $15.194 trillion to an even bigger $16.394 trillion. This increase was the last one of three granted in the Budget Control Act of 2011, a result of that summer’s debt ceiling negotiations, which allowed for a total debt limit increase of $2.1 trillion.The $650 billion fiscal cliff distracted from the $48 trillion looming fiscal crisis. Much of 2012 was spent arguing over tax rates in the fiscal cliff debate while lawmakers ignored the much more dangerous looming fiscal crisis. As large and as major a concern as federal budget deficits are today, they stand in the shadow of $48 trillion in long-term unfunded obligations in Social Security and Medicare. Even with President Obama’s originally proposed tax hikes in his budget, the federal debt would still rise by more than $7.7 trillion in the next 10 years.Social Security ran a deficit for the second year in a row. According to the 2012 trustees report, Social Security spent $45 billion more in benefits in 2011 than it took in from its payroll tax. This deficit is in addition to a $49 billion gap in 2010 and an expected average annual gap of about $66 billion between 2012 and 2018. Social Security’s deficits will balloon yet further. After adjusting for inflation, annual deficits will reach $95 billion in 2020 and $318.7 billion in 2030 before the trust fund runs out in 2033 and a 25 percent across-the-board benefit cut occurs.Three years of spend-as-you-go policies without a federal budget. The last time both chambers of Congress agreed on a budget was on April 29, 2009. Since then, Congress has operated on a spend-as-you-go basis, characterized by incoherent, ad hoc budget procedures. The House passed budget resolutions each of the past two years, but the Senate failed to do its part.The government spent nearly $30,000 per American household. The average American household’s share of federal spending in 2012 was $29,691, or roughly two-thirds of median household income. The government collected $20,293 per household in taxes in 2012, resulting in a budget deficit of $9,398 per household in 2012.Obamacare will spend $1.7 trillion over 10 years. After the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare, the Congressional Budget Office did an update of its scoring of the law. The result: Obamacare will spend $1.7 trillion over 10 years on its coverage expansion provisions alone, including a massive expansion of Medicaid and federal subsidies for the new health insurance exchanges. This means that Obamacare will increase federal health spending by 15 percent.Social Security was the biggest federal spending program. In 1993, Social Security surpassed national defense as the largest federal spending category, and it remains first today. The top five biggest spending programs, in order, are 1) Social Security; 2) national defense; 3) Medicare; 4) Medicaid, CHIP, and other government health care; and 5) interest on the debt.More than 40 percent of Americans are on some government program. According to Census Bureau data and Heritage Foundation calculations, 128.8 million people in America depend on a government program for basic (or not so basic) needs, such as rent, prescription drugs, and higher education.

  10. Rickapolis

    Rickapolis said, almost 4 years ago

    I’ll say it again, I think Grover Norquist is a hired agent for a foreign power bent on destroying America. Look what a good job he is doing of it.

  11. M Ster

    M Ster said, almost 4 years ago


    Joe, nothing you pasted from Heritage is incorrect, but it is far from complete. Every other modern industrialized nation seems to find the money to provide for the general welfare of its people, and many of them do it far better than we do (use any metrics you want- test scores, life expectancy, infant mortality).
    However, no other modern industrialized nation spends so much on defense. So rather than go after healthcare, education, Social security and infrastructure, maybe we should just accept those costs as “the norm” for a modern industrialized nation, and then decide how much MORE we want to spend to have military dominance? And if the American people really want to have a dominant military, then we can discuss how to pay for it.
    Unfortunately, finances are never discussed this way. The assumption is that we MUST have military dominance, we can’t afford to pay for both miiitary domiance AND the general welfare of the people, so we MUST cut back on the general welfare of the people.

  12. cjr53

    cjr53 said, almost 4 years ago

    Imagine that, elected officials signing a pledge written by a 12 year old.

  13. edinbaltimore

    edinbaltimore GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Harry Reid won’t take those bills out of committee because every one of the “jobs” bills passed in the house call for lower taxes and “offsetting” the spending. Funny how Repubs never seem to want to"offset" extra military spending.

  14. Wabbit

    Wabbit GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    How did this non elected, no title lobbyist manage to get so much control over the republicans?
    I know the tea party had the organization and the money of the Koch brothers money as backing, but who is behind Grover?

  15. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    The Republicans are following the wisdom of a 12 year old (who must have flunked basic arithmetic), and insist that while we spend more on “defense” than the next 14-16 nations in the world, combined, we must increase that spending by TWO TRILLION DOLLARS, and CUT taxes too boot!

    Does the fact we spend so much to kill people, and do it on our credit card, give any clue as to why we also murder people in this country with our guns more than that same 14 countries combined, but won’t pay for health care, either physical or mental?

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