Michael Ramirez by Michael Ramirez

Michael Ramirez

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  1. sw10mm

    sw10mm said, over 3 years ago

    Even with a pie chart, the libs won’t understand.

  2. Jeff T

    Jeff T said, over 3 years ago

    So, according to Ramirez, a deficit is okay, as long as it’s not too large…

  3. Veritas Et Al

    Veritas Et Al said, over 3 years ago

    The alleged ‘deficit’ numbers are too high. Once we apply proper accounting techniques and ensure that we tailor the numbers in our favor that pie will look even better. The sequester will also cost us some jobs but in the end we will be leaner and stronger, as we were intended to be. I prefer apple myself. Pass me a slice.

  4. dapperdan61

    dapperdan61 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Try & explain this chart to those whose jobs are getting furloughed. Or to those whose unemployment is getting cut prematurely & communities affected by defense budget cuts. There is a price to be paid, there always is. We need to start closing tax loopholes & raise revenue on the 1 pct. to offset the impact of these cuts.

  5. PlainBill

    PlainBill said, over 3 years ago

    Mikey conveniently ignores the 2009 budget Shrub signed (which was larger than the 2013 budget after accounting for inflation). Of course, the Righty trolls are too dim to notice the error.

  6. Nos Nevets

    Nos Nevets said, over 3 years ago

    We need more visuals like this.
    These numbers are too big to comprehend in the raw.
    Our brains aren’t shaped for them.

    Thank-you, Mr. Ramirez.

  7. Nos Nevets

    Nos Nevets said, over 3 years ago


    I agree. The Republicans are derelict.
    D & R argue about how fast to dig the hole.
    & whether to dig from the right or left side.
    But the hole is our grave.

  8. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 3 years ago

    @Jeff T

    No I don’t thinik he is just making a very good comparison.

  9. D PB

    D PB said, over 3 years ago

    The truth and facts never get in the way of any political agenda.

    No single party has the corner on the market in truth or facts.

    They all lie, obfuscate, distort and omit relevant information to further their agenda.

    If you think otherwise, you are a tool and a convenient idiot for those you support.

  10. Tue Elung-Jensen

    Tue Elung-Jensen said, over 3 years ago

    So you know the path by heart I guess :)

  11. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 3 years ago

    When Mark Warner became governor of Virginia, the state treasury was a shambles. The previous governor had gotten elected as a tax-eliminator, as he promised to end a tax that is universally hated in VA. He did not eliminate it; he stuck to his original plan, and had the state pay the tax to the localities instead of the taxpayer. Of course, the taxpayer paid the state to pay the localities, but, hey, he was cutting taxes, so we voted for him. Duh.

    His plan cost the state big-time. We run a 2-year budget, and the only way to reduce our slide into federal-debt territory was to either raise taxes or reduce the amount that the state paid for local taxes. Mr. Gilmore was interested in running for president, and wanted his street cred to include the idea that he was willing to “cut” taxes regardless of the consequences. That fact, plus the facts he is white, hates gays, and is against abortion lined him up pretty well, in his opinion. The state legislature did not agree, and they created a stalemate, where Virginia was left without a budget, because he would not budge.

    Mr. Warner, realizing the seriousness of the mess Mr. Gilmore left, threatened to reduce hours at DMV and at state liquor stores. This was a bluff; the state liquor stores are required to pay their own way, so they receive no direct state funding, so there would be absolutely no savings.

    But the threat had the desired effect: DMV is hard enough to navigate without reduced hours, and no one wanted to have fewer hours to buy liquor. The people told their legislators to do something about it, and a series of changes to the tax code and a moderate tax increase saved our credit rating, and helped make the state more liquid.

    I wonder if maybe Mr. Obama was trying to do the same thing when warning of consequences. Mr. Warner did not intend to make those cuts; he just threatened to do so to increase awareness. Doesn’t matter; many people are poised to call his bluff. We will all suffer as a result.

    Too bad we have to wait for dire consequences to start thinking creatively (I’m being as optimistic as I can be here). And it’s too bad that some people are willing to increase pain for political advantage.

    By the way, Mr. Warner is now US Senator from Virginia. Mr. Gilmore worked his way up to Republican National Committee chairman before his abrasive ways and his treatment of his marriage vows made him return to private life.

  12. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 3 years ago

    Here is a fact for you. The US is running of borrowed money. No matter who is in office, who runs the Congress or who is president, we are adding debt to the bottom line every year (with a very few exceptions)


    The people are tired of it. Republicans and democrats are both responsible for it. Pointing fingers and saying “he did it too” or “He did more of it” is not productive.

    Let the cuts happen. If the President is so determined to advance his political agenda that he will cut essential services, cut education funding, endanger the public by releasing criminals and reducing border security then he is indeed worthy of impeachment for refusing to adhere to the basic job description. If our representatives can not do the job we sent them to DC to do, that is budget the money that we send and provide the services we “need” (notice not what we want) then every incumbent due for reelection in 2014 should be dismissed and replaced.

    85 billion is not a large cut in the deficit. We give the banks 83 billion in subsidies every year. Why?

    between 35-50 billion a year is given as agriculture subsidies.

    There are over 800 military bases around the world at an annual cost of over 100 billion.

    We spend over 775 billion a year subsidizing fossil fuels around the world.

    We give over 25 billion a year in foreign aid (leading the world)

    There is money to be had everywhere in this bloated government. The cuts Obama makes are his CHOICE.

  13. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 3 years ago

    Some support for my rant.







  14. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @I Play One On TV

    “Too bad we have to wait for dire consequences to start thinking creatively (I’m being as optimistic as I can be here). And it’s too bad that some people are willing to increase pain for political advantage.”

    Mark Warner was governor before everything had to hit crises level to be addressed. He is a moderate and did a good job as governor. The problem you have today is we don’t address things on the level that Warner did. He outlined issues and defined consequences. The biggest difference was he was working for the citizens of Virgina, not a political party.

    Bruce4671 makes a very valid point in that Obama has great discretion in how he can apply budget cuts. He’s (IMO) being totally political and is interested in furthering his political agenda (or his parties) over what is in the best interests of the people. I in no way let the republicans off the hook. They are totally complicit in furthering their agenda. My frustration is Obama isn’t showing real leadership. He should be driving these negotiations and participating in person until compromise is reached.

    Nos Nevets posted above:
    “D & R argue about how fast to dig the hole.
    & whether to dig from the right or left side.
    But the hole is our grave.”

  15. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @Nos Nevets

    “D & R argue about how fast to dig the hole.
    & whether to dig from the right or left side.
    But the hole is our grave.”

    Very well stated, unfortunately for us.

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