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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 3 years ago

    You are either really ignorant or you just like to live outside of reality.

    As you know, Republicans were all for the Sandy Relief Bill but told the Dems that they can’t jam in a bunch of pork not related to Sandy into the bill or it would be vetoed.

    Of course the Dems didn’t care and loaded it up with pet projects in the Midwest and favors to donors on the West Oast.

  2. Caligulla

    Caligulla said, over 3 years ago


    Most of the people who read this strip live well within the reality zone, excepting those who are reading it from within the beltway. That’s where reality has become seriously distorted.

  3. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 3 years ago


    Almost ALL such bills have been loaded up with pork in the past. In fact, it is we the voters that would turn out any of our representatives that did not at least try to get projects for the areas that such politicians actually serve, regardless of just where those representatives come from. THAT is the true reality of politics.

    That also does not mean that efforts should not be made to keep such pork within reasonable limits, nor does it mean that we as Americans should then not give disaster relief where it is needed without making conditions upon such relief. The total amount of such “pork” spending in such bills is less than usually about 1%, and even about 50% of that pork itself is at least somewhat justified. The real problem is that such Republicans from the red states do not want to see such disaster funding go to those blue states that are actually funding the government. It is a known fact that the red states are the real “takers” at the federal trough, and the blue states are the "makers’ funding the trough itself. For instance, Californians pay $1.00 to the federal treasury, and get back only some $0.78 in return in federal benefits, while that ratio is $1.00 dollar collected for over $2.00 dollars benefit for Mississippi. But, as a Californian, I do not begrudge this, nor do I begrudge flood disaster relief for such a state as Mississippi, as we are ALL American here in the USA. However, I do begrudge it when such Senators as these two from Oklahoma start to play even more political games with such relief than even the pork barrel politicians do themselves!!!

  4. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 3 years ago


    Oh, come on. That’s not even true, conservegov. Paying for damage to the Smithsonian’s roof (due to Hurricane Sandy) was one of the things that Coburn called “unrelated pork.” Really? Mitigation of future hurricane damage was called “pork.” Sorry, but the GOP opposed Sandy aid not because of any pork, but because it was money for blue states. They only want Federal money going to people who think the way they do, and screw the rest of America. Blue American pays the bills, Red America wants to make sure they’re the only ones to cash in.

  5. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 3 years ago


    Okay, let’s focus on reality. THE SEQUESTER REDUCED THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. That’s what the cartoon is about. That isn’t pork. That saves lives — lots of them.
    But due to the “failure” here (caused by inadequate funding, remember, by political brinksmanship), some idiots in the GOP — there is no better word — want to cut the NWS entirely! On what grounds? It’s saved more lives than they can count.

  6. spyderred

    spyderred said, over 3 years ago

    And now the Republicans want to hold up relief for our citizens in Oklahoma unless “offsets” (meaning cuts in spending for things the Republicans don’t like such as health spending for poor women and an impartial news agency) are made. This when people have no homes, no food, only clothing they had on last Monday, and when the Republicans in question are well-fed participators in the public trough.

  7. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 3 years ago

    Some of us will remember that during Gov. Jindal’s reply to a State of the Union he acted as if the proposal for an early-warning system for volcanoes was the dumbest waste of money ever devised. (Of course, soon after, we had a volcano in Washington state start blowing stuff, which helped to solidify the position of the Republicans as the Party of Stupid). I’m afraid that some people believe that if a project doesn’t have as its main purpose the ability to kill people anywhere in the world, it has no value. I’d let them have their fun if it wasn’t so costly that we have to sacrifice important investments in our own country and in our own people in order to be able to wave our penises in a threatening manner.

  8. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Simple fact; Republicans, notably Inhofe and Coburn, have called for cuts to NOAA and other agencies studying climate change impacts, as well as causes, as well as eliminating those silly tsunami warning systems that don’t impact Oklahoma.

  9. sclark55

    sclark55 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    To this guy, spending cuts are as bad as a tornado.

  10. lectricdude

    lectricdude said, over 3 years ago

    …you don’t suppose…!..

  11. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 3 years ago

    @I Play One On TV

    Many Republicans in Congress (especially those such as the two Senators from OK) are all for cutting federal spending. That is until it actually impacts their own state. Such hypocrisy is simply astounding!!!!!

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