Michael Ramirez by Michael Ramirez

Michael Ramirez

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  1. Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    There is a growing group in society that feel like they are being left behind in this economy and resent the fact that some are continuing to thrive and prosper.

    Obama has tapped into that resentment and convinced them that there resentment is justified and they would be better off if those 1% were divested of their wealth for the good of the other 99%.

    Now you see the danger of a Government that is allowed to tax and redistribute. It seems Noble, and nice and the right thing to do because we are taking care of those less capable. But those that are reaping the benefits of this largess are greatful to the Government and not to the people living sufficiently below their means to carry those unable or unwilling to work.

    This misery will continue until the Resentful class figures out that if they want to be successful then they are going to have to do the things that successful people do which means: Going to work, Living within their means, setting aside money for a rainy day, only having children when they can afford them and only having as many children as they can afford, avoiding vices that deplete their resources i.e. Drugs, Gambling, Alcohol, Smoking, etc.

    I can see why Obama’s message would be so popular amongst the Resentful class. He tells them that it’s not their fault, that they just didn’t get a fair break, that someone else really should have to pay for their mistakes.
    What Juvenile doesn’t want to hear that message.
    But the adult recognizes that you can only burden the smart and industrious people for so long before they start spending some of their intellectual capital on keeping what is rightfully theirs.

    The bright note in this is that Obama is a weak, ineffectual president and soon we will be rid of him one way or another. I am optimistic about a future 3 years away.

  2. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, about 3 years ago

    Duh. Lemme think. Ramirez?

  3. John Locke

    John Locke said, about 3 years ago

    You make a common error in judging the past using present concepts/morals. Jefferson was a revolutionary in his time. All the world owned slaves back then. But all the world also believed a greater evil; men are created unequal, i.e. peasant and noble. Jefferson and the other Greats solved the bigger evil and left the smaller evil for their children to solve. The Constitution wouldn’t have been ratified otherwise.

  4. Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago


    When I look around my community I see a common dividing line between those that are thriving and those that are struggling – Personal responsibliity.

    I see a lot of people doing just fine in todays economy. We would all like to do better but my neighbors, family, co-workers are doing the right thing: Going to work, living within their means, supporting their community.

    Those that I see struggling are the ones that made aggregious errors in their past: Quitting school, getting involved in drugs and alcohol, committing crimes, etc.

    Now, it seems, You would like to erase the moral hazard associated with making poor choices. Which, in turn, will lead to more people making more poor choices if they don’t have to bear the consequences.

    The Jobs are out there – I opened up the newspaper this morning and saw pages of them but most of them require at least some modium of training. The opportunity to be a citizen and support your communit is available every day. Or the people you wish to exhalt can continue to languish in the shadows of this economy waiting for the Democrats to loot the producers to give them their due.

    The Corporate greed that you decry – Getting as much production out of workers as is legally possible and producing a product for which you can charge as much as the market will bear serves this country well. It creates goods and services that the rest of us avail ourselves of. And provides wealth growth and dividends to those of us who had the forethought to put some of our earnings aside in investments to tide us over when we are too old to work or to tired to work.

    You seem to have little understanding of how economics work. Communism never works and socialism is little better. The best way to unfetter the creativeity and motivation of the producers is to allow them to keep the fruits of their labor. Regan knew that and it churned up this economy back when it was in the doldrums of the early 80s due to Carter.

  5. Olongapojoe

    Olongapojoe GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    As usual those that see their arguments falling apart and their shining leader showing his major flaws and failures, fall back once more on ye old slavery issue.

    “What I get out of this is that Jefferson was a hypocrite. “All men are are created equal” except the ones he owned.”

  6. Olongapojoe

    Olongapojoe GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Giving people something without them earning it only makes them lazy and demanding more. All you have to do is look at your own children. When you finally cut the apron strings, that is when they grow up.

  7. jack75287

    jack75287 said, about 3 years ago

    God bless Michael Ramirez.

  8. jack75287

    jack75287 said, about 3 years ago

    Jefferson and others did own slaves but they also left us a system to correct our mistakes, most of the time peacefully. I do not see President Obama and others giving any such legacy.

  9. jack75287

    jack75287 said, about 3 years ago

    Dude corporation like General Electric that own MSNBC that attack republicans. The issue is Washington D.C.

  10. Tim Culberson

    Tim Culberson said, about 3 years ago

    Most of the 1% are new, Steve Jobs, Buffett, et al created their wealth because they could work hard in a country with free movement between classes. In Obamerica if you try to be special or expect honest wages for honest work the pack of hyenas will pull you down.

  11. Tim Culberson

    Tim Culberson said, about 3 years ago

    So a left wing Socialist Council would be better? yeah, there has been success stories with those leaders

  12. jack75287

    jack75287 said, about 3 years ago

    I believe you, a lot of companies are, Dallas is getting so much Boeing is setting up shop in Oklahoma City.

  13. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    @John Locke

    But all the world also believed a greater evil; men are created unequal, i.e. peasant and noble. Jefferson and the other Greats solved the bigger evil and left the smaller evil for their children to solve.

    Jefferson & the rest of our Founding Fathers drew heavily from European philosophers for their ideas about government. They were not the first in favor of curbing the privileged class for the benefit of the common good. I wonder if they would notice the new privileged class that replaced the nobility.

    A few of the Founding Fathers were truly radical & thought “All men are created equal”, truly meant all. A fair chunk were uncomfortable with slavery, but willing to accept the status quo, Jefferson among them.

    Dismissing slavery as the “smaller evil” is rich in irony. The colonists were angry over what they saw as unfair taxes. Only a fool would argue that taking a man’s very freedom is less evil than taking some of his money. Their ideals led inexorably to a confrontation over slavery, though they tried their best to avoid that confrontation.

    Slavery was a logical fallacy at the heart of the Founding Fathers’ philosophy. We can respect their achievements, while acknowledging their shortcomings.

  14. Huin D. Ekmi

    Huin D. Ekmi said, about 3 years ago

    “I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.” – Thomas Jefferson

  15. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Ramirez should include the whole quote.

    After decades of broken politics in Washington, and eight years of failed policies from George W. Bush, and 21 months of a campaign that’s taken us from the rocky coast of Maine to the sunshine of California, we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.

    For those of us who had any hope that Obama would be more than the centrist, pro-corporate guy that he is, the rest of the quote has turned out to be disappointing.

    In five days, you can turn the page on policies that put greed and irresponsibility on Wall Street before the hard work and sacrifice of folks on Main Street. In five days, you can choose policies that invest in our middle class, and create new jobs, and grow this economy, so that everyone has a chance to succeed, not just the CEO, but the secretary and janitor, not just the factory owner, but the men and women on the factory floor. In five days, you can put an end to the politics that would divide a nation just to win an election, that tries to pit region against region, and city against town, and Republican against Democrat, that asks — asks us to fear at a time when we need to hope.

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