Mike Lester by Mike Lester

Mike Lester

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    That would be the “Bush tax cuts”, right?

  2. Clark  Kent

    Clark Kent said, almost 2 years ago

    Bring back the tax rates on the rich that were in effect during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Restore Glass Steagall. Seize the assets in offshore tax havens for use by the government for we the people. Money earned by money should be taxed at double the tax rate of money earned by labor, not half like it is now.

  3. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @Clark Kent

    Clark, you are getting a little redundant. It was Bill Clinton that repealed Glass Segal, he said it was no longer appropriate. You don’t understand tax rates or their purpose for the levels of income that are taxable. Get over your hate the rich attitude. Many senior citizens depend on dividends to live on. Increasing the tax rate would impact them severely. The 50’s and 60’s tax rates were high but they had lots of avenues for deductions. It’s not as simple as you would make it sound.

  4. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @dtroutma

    No, it would be the average taxpayer. It’s an illusion to think repealing the Bush tax cuts are a cure all for income. Remember, Obama said twice it was a bad idea to repeal them when the economy was so weak. I don’t believe that scenario has changed.

  5. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 2 years ago

    The cartoon has the typical partisan slant we see from liberals and conservatives alike. I disagree with the premise, but I understand why this perception exists.
    In the movie “Dave”, a presidential look a like desperate to make a difference brings in a friend to look at the books in order to save some important benefits for children.
    We really need to look at where the money is going.
    I’ve mentioned a friend who is a “regulator” whose office reviews government contracts. That office found ways to save the USA millions in the time she has been with them. She told me just this week of a recent success where her office convinced officials to do things in a way that will save the American people as much as 4 million dollars per year.
    We need more people doing things like this. There is so much waste in how governments, federal and state, are run that billions could be saved just by cleaning up the regs and reviewing contracts. We need it in our tax laws, our healthcare regs, banking regs, etc etc.
    Good people with good intentions can accomplish amazing things.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  6. nusbickel

    nusbickel said, almost 2 years ago

    Next comes the Obamacare wedgie. Just take it like a sheep.

  7. zoidknight

    zoidknight said, almost 2 years ago

    @dtroutma

    No the Obama policy towards the middle class.

  8. Tomgn

    Tomgn said, almost 2 years ago

    I have yet to see a homeless person or someone on welfare start a fortune 500 company

  9. bigdoggy

    bigdoggy said, almost 2 years ago

    @Tomga – Fortune 500 companies don’t pop up overnight, so your comment is pretty much meaningless. I can show you lots of growing businesses, however, that were started by folks who grew up in slums or projects and received either welfare, food stamps or both along the way.

  10. ODon

    ODon said, almost 2 years ago

    “Free stuff” is the new mantra from the right.

  11. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @ODon

    Its part of their ‘wealth envy’.

  12. TheTrustedMechanic

    TheTrustedMechanic GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @bigdoggy

    Mine isn’t a Fortune 500 business by any means, I’m the sole employee. But year over years my revenue has increased, through my hard work, dedication to quality and customer service. That and my honor, integrity and narrow focus on treating my customers with respect, dignity and honesty. And those are the same reason why I’m not rich, because I don’t cheat people. Not in dishonest ways, but at all. I get what I need/want, and I pay fairly for what I get. I charge for what I do, and I do what I charge for, the best way I know how. I do not cut corners. I pay all of my bills the month they are due. So I would consider myself a successful businessman. And I grew up in a destitute family. My father was “hurt” on the job, at various jobs, for most of my childhood so we benefitted from aid to families with dependent children, food stamps and the like. I worked my butt off to gain a skill that I could use to generate an income. My in-laws helped us out with the down payment on out first very modest house. We built equity through hard work and responsibility and then sold that house for a bigger one when our family grew. But we also bought what we knew we could afford, not what the bank told us we could qualify for. By building equity in our home I was able to secure a loan, without any help from government sources through traditional avenues, and I started my business.


    I don’t mean to seem like I’m bragging or patting myself on the back, I just wanted to support your argument. I came from a dirt poor family, and I worked my way up to where I am now. I believe in the spring I will be hiring an employee and growing my business. It’s been a long slow struggle to get to where I am from basically nothing, but I’m here. And I voted Democrat, because they are more likely to serve the common citizen, not exclusively the wealthiest.

  13. cjr53

    cjr53 said, almost 2 years ago

    @ODon

    Yeah, and the problem is that it really is the beginning of the end of the free stuff for the 1%.
    -
    So what who canceled Glass Steagal. Bring it back. Canceling it was a mistake.

  14. PlainBill

    PlainBill said, almost 2 years ago

    @TheTrustedMechanic

    Congratulations on your success, and I hope it continues for decades to come.

  15. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @cjr53

    Please be specific about what is “the free stuff to the 1%.” I am an accountant and I promise you that the average 1% person (income above 343,000) pays an average of 45% in taxes, federal and state depending on the state they live in. Data from IRS and state tax agencies.

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