Mike Lester by Mike Lester

Mike Lester

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  1. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, about 3 years ago

    If you take ON mortgage debt; you don’t DEFAULT on mortgage debt, not without losing big-time in the marketplace of credit. If you don’t LIKE the mortgage debt you’ve taken on, you PLAN and GATHER your resources and PAY until your mortgage debt comes down to comfortable. Destroying parts of the house or leaving healthy wage earners in the house unemployed shouldn’t be part of your plan. Not logically. Lester’s ‘toon isn’t really about debt.

  2. JmcaRice

    JmcaRice GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Obama is still smoking. The press believed the fibs about him quitting.

  3. Enoki

    Enoki said, about 3 years ago

    You are at the store spending money.
    Your credit card is maxed.
    You call the credit company and they raise your limit sufficently so you won’t max out until February 7th at your current rate of spending.
    You do nothing to change how you spend….

  4. DGF999

    DGF999 said, about 3 years ago


    Yep… That’s how idiots live their lives…

  5. doogiebailey

    doogiebailey said, about 3 years ago

    Raise Taxes… raise taxes… that is all you libs can say. How about we CUT spending! Including military, but not JUST militay. Keep you hands out of my pockets and buck up…live within YOUR means!

  6. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, about 3 years ago

    And Cheney thought that deficits didn’t matter until we had a Democratic president.

  7. Wraithkin

    Wraithkin said, about 3 years ago

    1) We must not spend, especially a lot more, on education without having meaningful impact on the educational outcomes of our children.
    2) We must more to avoid wars? On what? How?
    3) How will upgrading infrastructure abate the rising costs of transportation? Fuel doesn’t get cheaper because you’re driving on a new road. Your car doesn’t get more fuel efficient because it’s crossing a river on a new bridge instead of an old bridge. Your logic is flawed.

    @ Nantucket: Raising taxes on capital gains will restrict investment in the marketplace. I don’t disagree with cutting DOD funding, but like another said, there should be no sacred cow (Republican or Democrat) that is spared from cuts.

    Why is there no mention of entitlement reform? Foodstamps is being abused. The unemployment insurance funds have been raided and abused. SS at its current state is unsustainable, and will get worse once the Boomers fully retire. More and more issues are coming to a head.

    For those who think SS shouldn’t be reformed, how many of us use a computer made in the 50’s? For those who think Medicare shouldn’t be touched, why don’t you dial the operator to make an outbound call? For those who think that unemployment doesn’t need fixing, do you still support prohibition?

    The point I’m trying to make is many of these programs we have on the books are operating under a ruleset that was drafted at a much different time. Our economy has evolved, our workforce has changed, and yet we’re still providing catch-all services drafted 50-70 years ago.

    When SS was first rolled out, the expectation is that people would be on it for 5-7 years, with 13 people paying in for every person paying out. Now, people are drawing from SS for 15-20 years on average, and we are down to 3 people paying in for every one person drawing out. But we are still operating SS under the same rules from 70 years ago. It is broken. It’s not an issue of people not paying their, “fair share” into the fund. It’s an issue of people living longer and fewer people paying in than are drawing out.

    It’s simple math, and this issue is just one of the many that needs resolving. But these are elephants in the room that no-one wants to discuss because it endangers their chances at re-election. The cowardice in Washington is the true crime here.

  8. Enoki

    Enoki said, about 3 years ago

    So, there’s a correlation between spending on education and outcomes now is there?
    Last I checked there was none.
    As for incarceration about 15% of the US prison population is illegal aliens. Education won’t fix that unless it is to educate US citizens to the seriousness of that problem….
    Also, as shown repeatedly spending on education has a much weaker relationship to incarceration than poverity and single parent families do. Maybe we should work on those first.
    This one is just nuts. Spend more to avoid costly wars?! How does one avoid a war some other nation starts? I could see you making the statement we need to not start wars because they are costly, but that is a different thing than what you stated.
    Transportation costs are rising primarily because of government regulation and the cost of energy. Between OSHA, the NHTSA, EPA, DOT, and a plethora of other “alphabet soup” they are the primary drivers of higher costs.
    States take care of the majority of the transportation infrastructure as most roads and other transport modes are not federally owned or controlled.

  9. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 3 years ago


    also @enoki:

    Lowering capital gains allows people who have money to lose to gamble, and more importantly transfers the tax burden to those who need their paychecks to pay their bills. Since 1980, the tax code has been modified to reduce corporate taxes (yes, the rates may not go down, but the loopholes get more numerous) and to reduce taxes on investments. This means that more and more taxes come from Joe Sixpack. Even Ronald Reagan understood that lowering capital gains taxes has a net dragging effect on the economy. Look it up if you don’t believe me.

    Infrastructure makes a lot of difference in energy costs. Think about the last time you were on a road where two lanes merged into one. Speeds went down, sometimes to zero. More time spent in traffic, more exhaust gases, more road rage, more gasoline wasted. And the more time you spend getting zero miles per gallon, the less time you can be productive. Investment in infrastructure will truly save money.

    Agreed, regulations can be unnecessarily restrictive and impractical. However, you can see the results of deregulating trucking (no more owner/operators), mining (more and more disasters), and banking (September 2008, anyone?).

    The key to regulation, to entitlements, to education reform, to ANYTHING, is to spend money wisely and to be practical. I am the first to agree that this has not been done well for decades, if ever. On the other hand, you can do surgery with a scalpel and you can do it with a machete. The results are not similar.

    Spending smarter is the answer, The problem with that is that people will lose jobs. Granted, many of these jobs should never have been created to begin with. Regardless, there will be pain. And no one in Congress is willing to be responsible for the pain everyone knows is necessary. So, the likely result is to cut benefits for those who don’t contribute to candidates, and who are not represented by lobbyists. It makes us sleep better to think of them as “takers” and “losers” who never deserved our attention. And doubtless, some of those involved are correctly labeled. But let’s not lose sight of pork projects, military contracts that the Pentagon doesn’t want, tax breaks that do not provide the results we expect, etc.

  10. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    The “ceiling” indeed does NOT increase debt, but things like F-35s and wars do, as do all those high interest rates, paid to BANKS which happen to supply the board members on the Federal Reserve!

    As to “costs” of social programs: My dad literally died ten minutes after opening his first Social Security check, didn’t even get to cash it- the Republican “dream case”. My mom on the other hand, is now 101 years old, and the reason why Republicans hate the ACA potential to expand life expectancy. It IS interesting that Mom is also a prime “TEA party Republican”, and always has been. Like most of them, it’s when OTHER PEOPLE collect that it’s a disgrace!

  11. lonecat

    lonecat said, about 3 years ago

    Hey, I don’t know about you, but I’m aiming for 70. (And not that long to go.)

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