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Mike Lester

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 3 years ago

    Puff, puff, PASS! Don’t smoke it all!
    Seriously, do you really believe the crap you just wrote?

  2. Stipple

    Stipple said, over 3 years ago

    After Keaton, nobody can do a worse job.

  3. Ottodesu

    Ottodesu said, over 3 years ago

    Well written.

  4. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 3 years ago

    In that case the provider class for the federal government, in the"blue" more liberal states, should stop paying more in federal taxes than they get back in federal benefits. Thus forcing the taker “red” more conservative states, into having to pay at least as much in federal taxes as they get back in federal benefits!!

    An example? Californians pay $1.00 in federal taxes and get back some$0,80 in federal benefits, and Mississippians pay $1.00 in federal taxes, and get back some $1.84 in federal benefits!! And that my conservative friend, is the simple truth (look it up on Google if you so wish)!!!

  5. narrowminded

    narrowminded said, over 3 years ago


    Wrong, Clooney.

  6. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago


    The crap he just wrote is fundamentally true (though perhaps a little exaggerated. I wouldn’t say the deficit is dropping like a rock, but it is down significantly.) Meanwhile, we aren’t bleeding jobs, the way were were in 2008, foreclosures are down, housing starts are up, the stock market is up. I wouldn’t say that things are wonderful, but they have definitely improved lately. I tried to enter into conversation with some conservatives on this topic a few days ago — I posted some real numbers, and oddly enough they didn’t reply.

  7. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 3 years ago

    The workforce participation rate is the lowest since 1979.
    The number of people on food stamps and disability are both at All-time Record highs.
    The majority of jobs created have been part-time and a majority of those are in the retail and restaurant industries, two of the lowest paying sectors.
    Black unemployment is at 13%.
    1 in 3 Americans between the ages of 20-28 still live with their parents for economic reasons.
    1 in 4 student loans is now in default or forbearance.
    Not exactly the rosy picture Mr Radish portrayed, is it?

  8. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, over 3 years ago

    @Robert Landers

    Yes. That way each state can provide for itself. Then Federal taxes could be lower. And Federal intrusion into our lives could be diminished.

  9. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 3 years ago

    Where did you get the computer then to make all of these comments here? As you are one of those so taxed that you are starving and living out of a cardboard box!! Plus if the taxes are cut like you said, then the real sufferers are going to be your fellow ultra conservatives in those “red” states!

  10. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago


    Over on Lisa Benson a couple of days ago I posted on the decline in foreclosures and in the drop in the federal deficit. Again, I’m not saying that everything is rosy, but I am saying that there are strong indications that things are a lot better now than they were in 2008. Why the crash happened and why the recovery has been slow are topics to be debated, but I think the stats do show that there has been some real recovery. Here are three stories about housing starts:

    From July 2012:
    New U.S. home construction rose in June to the highest level in almost four years, indicating the residential real estate market is strengthening even as other parts of the economy cool. Housing starts rose 6.9 percent to a 760,000 annual pace after a revised 711,000 rate in May that was faster than initially estimated, the Commerce Department reported today in Washington.

    From January 2013:
    U.S. builders started work on homes in December at the fastest pace in 4 1/2 years and finished 2012 as their best year for residential construction since the early stages of the housing crisis.
    The Commerce Department said Thursday that builders broke ground on houses and apartments last month at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 954,000.
    That’s 12.1 per cent higher than November’s annual rate. And it is nearly double the recession low reached in April 2009.
    Construction increased last month for both single-family homes and apartments. And the pace in which builders requested permits to start more homes ticked up to a 4 1/2 year high.
    For the year, builders started work on 780,000 homes. That’s still roughly half of the annual number of starts consistent with healthier markets.
    But it is an increase of 28.1 per cent from 2011. And it is the most since 2008 — shortly after the housing market began to collapse in late 2006 and 2007.

    From August 2013:

    Builders started work on fewer single-family homes in July, marking a pause in the residential construction rebound that’s helping to propel the U.S. economy.
    Work began on 2.2 percent fewer individual homes last month, taking them to a 591,000 annualized rate, the least since November, Commerce Department data showed today in Washington. Total housing starts climbed to an 896,000 pace, propelled by a rebound in the multifamily category, which can be volatile.

    The slowdown contrasts with a surge in builder confidence, indicating firms may be limiting supply amid a shortage of lots and materials as they try to boost prices and revenue. Another report today showing consumer sentiment slumped this month signals rising interest rates may be shaking American households, making a pickup in hiring even more crucial in boosting the outlook for spending.
    “Things are still far better than they were a year ago, but it feels like progress has stalled out for a little while,” said Stephen Stanley, chief economist at Pierpont Securities LLC in Stamford Connecticut, who projected starts would rise to a 900,000 pace. Builders will eventually “expand operations, they’ll hire workers and get more aggressive. At the moment they’re happy to keep the market tightly supplied because that allows them to raise prices.”
    Building permits for single-family projects climbed to a 613,000 pace in July, the report also showed, exceeding the number of starts and signaling a possible pickup in construction in coming months.

  11. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    “The workforce participation rate is the lowest since 1979.
    The number of people on food stamps and disability are both at All-time Record highs. "

    Conservatives would gain more traction on this if they were willing to support re-training people to have the skills for a decent job. As is, the intent seems to be, kick ’em off the dole & watch ’em suffer like Dickensian orphans.

  12. Hectoruno

    Hectoruno said, over 3 years ago

    so which is he talking about Ben Aflack or obama because he wearing the shirt or maybe obama should be batman.

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