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Mike Luckovich

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  1. Ted Lind

    Ted Lind GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    The problem with the Republican approach is the only alternative for the poor and disadvantaged is to die. The Rebublicans are perfectly willing to spend the big bucks on big business, defense and big oil but nothing on job training, immigration reform, or medical care. Personally I think we have enough multimillionaires.

  2. Patrick Hewitt

    Patrick Hewitt said, over 2 years ago

    you just do not get it. with an attitude like that no wonder the repubs are on the decline. their outdated philosophy.

  3. Patrick Hewitt

    Patrick Hewitt said, over 2 years ago

    you just do not get it. with an attitude like that no wonder the repubs are on the decline. their outdated philosophy.

  4. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, over 2 years ago

    The current debate over raising the minimum wage and extending benefits for the long-term unemployed is merely a symptom of a larger dilemma. The American worker/wage earner is still feeling the repercussions of shipping jobs overseas; not just in manufacturing, but in customer service, tech support and many other areas of business. This, in addition to increased computerization and automation has created a huge vacuum of what was once well-paying jobs. Where can the big-box store clerk, or the burger & fries server go to better his/her situation? It’s a big leap to a degree in engineering or finance!

  5. Kip W

    Kip W said, over 2 years ago

    This isn’t right. The Republican wouldn’t just sit there. He’d throw the life preserver way out to where the guy on the yacht is being fanned.

  6. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 2 years ago

    Paul Ryan thinks the solution to starving children is to quit giving them food. He thinks the solution to poor people is to stop helping them improve themselves, just let them suffer and somehow magically the power of the Free Market Fairy will touch them and turn them into rich CEOs.
    Sorry, folks, Ayn Rand wrote fantasy, not science fiction.

  7. Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @Ted Lind – The Republicans do offer alternatives to being poor and disadvantaged. But those alternatives require courage, self discipline, and hard work.

    The courage to reject peer pressure and avoid: premarital sex, drug abuse, and other self destructive habits.

    The self-discipline to Stay in School (A government entity that is available to all) and to learn as opposed to hold down a desk.

    The hard work to develop yourself, your character, your contact list, and your work skills.

    The Democrats offer a worse alternative – A lifetime of living hand to mouth on a government dole with no self respect and little future.

  8. Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Anyone who thinks that Government programs don’t keep people in perpetual and abject poverty needs to take a history lesson in Cabrini Green I offer this link as a quick refresher http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabrini_Green. By the time they tore down that little bit of hell we had 3rd and 4th generation welfare mothers living off the government dole.

    These are REAL unintended consequences of the war on poverty. Unless you limit the use of the safety net to a fixed period – There will be a group of people who will use it as a hammock. And that group Grew and Grew and Grew during the downturn of the late 2000s.

    I honestly believe in a Social Safety net to carry people through short periods of unemployment (6months to a year tops). But I cannot stomach these constant calls to help the long term unemployed.

    I look in the paper and online and there are jobs out there. Many of them are dirty, menial, miserable jobs but they are out there. But many Americans, today, won’t take those jobs as long as it ’s easier to file for unemployment.

  9. Dale Netherton

    Dale Netherton said, over 2 years ago

    If you like your life preserver you can keep it.

  10. Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @Rad-ish – Actually, I couldn’t agree more. I’ll be the first to agree that we institute a flat tax; or better yet a consumption tax that everyone pays from $1.

    No tax breaks for the rich; but no tax breaks for the poor either. I hate the fact that 49% pay no income tax at all to support the Federal Government but get just as much say in how that money will be spent.

  11. louieglutz

    louieglutz said, over 2 years ago


    try plumber or electrician or any other trade. one slight catch, though, the unions have quotas, so you have to be related, or friends with a union guy if you are in one of the closed shop states (i.e.. blue)

  12. tabonsell

    tabonsell said, over 2 years ago

    If there is any truth to what you say, then explain how poverty rates increase by about 33% when a conservative Republican is in the White House and has a working GOP representation in Congress and decreases when the Democrats are in charge. Those are facts, check them out.

  13. Taxemlike1938

    Taxemlike1938 said, over 2 years ago

    We need a tax code that includes the rich & super rich. In 1938 we had 33 tax brackets in order to reach all range of income. they ranged from 4% for all income up to $64K (Adjusted for Inflation) progressively going up to a top marginal rate of 79% for income over $79Million. Now that’s Fair & Balanced, and is exactly what we need today, to slow down this runaway Income Inequality.

  14. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, over 2 years ago

    When one talks about equality, consider this. The more money one has, the easier one’s access to state & federal legislators (governors & presidents too)The super-rich actually get the military to protect their off-shore interests and get legislation to favor their businesses. A progressive tax structure is perfectly reasonable.

  15. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, over 2 years ago


    It is true; there are still many good jobs out there, besides custodial. But, for each of these positions are at least one hundred applicants, often more. I spoke with an H.R. rep on the phone, following up my application. She told me they received 1,100 on-line applications for that one position! Yes, there are abusers of govt. support programs, but the long-term unemployed? I think most of them (us) want to work! But the competition is fierce, and it’s even harder if your older. Age discrimination abounds out there. I attend some computer classes (at MY own expense) and I have talked with classmates who are in their FORTIES who have been hustled out the door by 22-year old HR reps. It has happened to me three times. After twenty years of working in industrial distribution and eleven years running my own retail store, I am now in my 25th month out of work, and exhausted my benefits 10 months ago. I don’t like being supported, and do not want to continue living like this. I want a job.

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