Mike Lester by Mike Lester

Mike Lester

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  1. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    “Rome burns as Nero fiddles.” I don’t think it takes a lot of imagination to figure this one out. Without all the comparisons of “this president did this, ad infinitum” Obama doesn’t seem to have a sense of how the people scrutinize what their leaders do. The “folks” as we are called, hear of nothing but extravagance and wasteful spending coming out of Washington and this concert fits that description. We expect entertaining for visiting heads of state but when they are cancelling tours of the white house this concert seems to be ill timed. Obama just seems somewhat oblivious to such things, I think they describe it as being tone deaf as to the voice of the people.

  2. Tue Elung-Jensen

    Tue Elung-Jensen said, over 3 years ago


    Two things to mention to that – first of all its a myth that he played while it burned (and if anything it would by a lyre, violins wasn´t at the time). Secondly Nero rebuild Rome afterwards to be even better.

  3. Reppr

    Reppr said, over 3 years ago

    I guess the guy in front of Uncle Sam represents the taxpayer getting…well, you know. Just like us.
    And by the way, the debt was $6T when Bush 43 took office, $10.5 T when Bush left office – and it is $17T now. That makes $+$4,5T increase for Bush in 8 years and $6.5 T increase for Obama in 4 years.
    Not the last of the big spenders, only the latest. And the biggest.

  4. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago


    I agree, Mickey,
    I’d also suggest that most president have failed to look at themselves through the eyes of their citizens. Certain citizens, yes, but not enough of them.
    With all the challenges facing our nation and our economy, I’ve felt for a long time, around the time of Clinton’s second term, that it would be really classy for a President beginning his second term would say,
    “We’re going to do the “Pass in Review Parade of States, Military, and Agencies, but no parties, no extravagant events. Too many people are suffering and we have work to do. It costs too much money and it uses too much resources. It’s an affront to people who are at a shelter, or going hungry.”
    I would feel really good about a President who did that. As Elvis once sang, “A little less conversation, a little more action.” but in a political and national context.
    Always enjoy reading you Mickey. Thanks!

  5. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    “I seem to recall that it was Jesus Dubya Bush who ran up almost $12 TRILLION debt”

    The way you present that $12 trillion could lead some to believe that Bush ran the debt up by $12 trillion which is simply not true. When Bush took office the national debt was $5.7 trillion. When Bush left office the debt was $10.6 trillion. He ran the debt up by only (only?) $4.9 trillion. That was a considerable increase over Clinton’s $1.5 trillion increase in the debt. Both of those increases occurred over an eight year period. The current administration’s first four years has seen an increase in the national debt by $5.8 trillion. Our rate of increase over the past three administrations has gone from OK to ridiculous to farcical.

  6. Wraithkin

    Wraithkin said, over 3 years ago

    Math seems to elude you.

  7. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, over 3 years ago

    Clinton had a surplus after his 8 years as President, and dubya frittered it away to plunge us into the depths of a recession in a few months. Quit lying.

  8. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 3 years ago

    There you go again with the insults! Is that the ONLY way you know how to debate? Is that what they taught you in your supposedly 30 years in the military? If so, I must admit that I sure am glad that our military is actually controlled by our civilian government. Good grief, but it gets tiresome coming on here and seeing these kinds of comments (and yes, by anybody, conservative or liberal). Adrian seems relatively moderate to me at least. Of course, to some of our ultra conservatives here anybody to the left of the likes of Rush Limbaugh is some kind of a Communist! Or are you even who you claims you are, and not just some disgruntled teen age kid with a computer? If not, then prove it by stopping with the insults!!

  9. D PB

    D PB said, over 3 years ago


    That’s a lie, Clinton did not leave a surplus.
    Stop drinking the kewl aid.

  10. D PB

    D PB said, over 3 years ago


    Verifying this is as simple as accessing the U.S. Treasury website where the national debt is updated daily and a history of the debt since January 1993 can be obtained. Considering the government’s fiscal year ends on the last day of September each year, and considering Clinton’s budget proposal in 1993 took effect in October 1993 and concluded September 1994 (FY1994), here’s the national debt at the end of each year of Clinton Budgets:

    Year Year
    Ending National Debt Deficit
    FY1993  09/30/1993  $4.411488 trillion  
    FY1994  09/30/1994  $4.692749 trillion  $281.26 billion
    FY1995  09/29/1995  $4.973982 trillion  $281.23 billion
    FY1996  09/30/1996  $5.224810 trillion  $250.83 billion
    FY1997  09/30/1997  $5.413146 trillion  $188.34 billion
    FY1998  09/30/1998  $5.526193 trillion  $113.05 billion
    FY1999  09/30/1999  $5.656270 trillion  $130.08 billion
    FY2000  09/29/2000  $5.674178 trillion  $17.91 billion
    FY2001  09/28/2001  $5.807463 trillion  $133.29 billion

    As can clearly be seen, in no year did the national debt go down, nor did Clinton leave President Bush with a surplus that Bush subsequently turned into a deficit. Yes, the deficit was almost eliminated in FY2000 (ending in September 2000 with a deficit of “only” $17.9 billion), but it never reached zero—let alone a positive surplus number. And Clinton’s last budget proposal for FY2001, which ended in September 2001, generated a $133.29 billion deficit. The growing deficits started in the year of the last Clinton budget, not in the first year of the Bush administration.

    Keep in mind that President Bush took office in January 2001 and his first budget took effect October 1, 2001 for the year ending September 30, 2002 (FY2002). So the $133.29 billion deficit in the year ending September 2001 was Clinton’s. Granted, Bush supported a tax refund where taxpayers received checks in 2001. However, the total amount refunded to taxpayers was only $38 billion. So even if we assume that $38 billion of the FY2001 deficit was due to Bush’s tax refunds which were not part of Clinton’s last budget, that still means that Clinton’s last budget produced a deficit of 133.29 – 38 = $95.29 billion.

  11. disgustedtaxpayer

    disgustedtaxpayer said, over 3 years ago

    the moral of this cartoon IMO is that the Emperor Obama is living lavishly while his ill-conceived policies are starving the masses in his empire.
    and the MSM is lap-dog and enabler, by choosing not to inform the people about the bad effects of Obama’s new laws.
    One example:
    I have a copy of “Beating Obamacare” by former Lt.Gov. of New York, constitutional scholar and PHD, Betsy McCaughey.
    Easy to get from amazon.com…paperback…I ordered 3 copies, 1 for me to study and 2 to give to other victims of
    this federal takeover of what was a free enterprise with all available choices for patients and doctors and hospitals.
    America had the best medical system and foreigners came here in large numbers to get American medical treatment.
    Obama and Pelosi and Reid have doomed this system.
    2,572 pages of new rules….new taxes (Jan.1, 2013 the 3.8% tax on selling a home or any asset, on top of capital gains taxes if the profit makes your income over $200,000 that year) and other taxes to give the Feds half a trillion new money!

  12. rowena28

    rowena28 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Why is one guy bending over & kissing the crotch of the guy playing guitar?

  13. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 3 years ago

    I am reasonably sure that other presidents travelled as extensively. I also know that many costs are built-in, such as Secret Service and Air Force One. Regardless of whether Mr. Obama chooses to drink water or champagne, I think the bigger costs have always been with us. It just seems more outrageous because of our economic situation.

    I agree with Mr. Troll that it would be helpful for Mr. Obama (or any politician, for that matter) to choose to forego perks to provide an example of the personal responsibility we taxpayers are expected to show. Mr. Obam has done a poor job of that, but I cannot believe that Mr. Romney would have saved us one penny of those costs, either.

    Due to taxpayer apathy and a willingness to let others do their thinking for them, we have allowed our government to invent its own special class for itself. Until such time as we force them all to face the problems that us regular folks do, thie privileged attitude will prevail.

    We have the power to change things in the voting booth. Still, I imagine more of us will be voting for a single issue or for a certain party vs. voting for what’s best for the country. Until that changes, we get what we deserve.

  14. Lamberger

    Lamberger said, over 3 years ago

    Methinks the stink of Big Government has desensitized your sense of smell.

  15. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago

    Quit gloating, King, or I’ll come down to the OBX and make you buy me a prime rib. :D

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