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  1. sw10mm

    sw10mm said, about 3 years ago

    Apparently libs are extremely forgetful. Both sides have done exactly the same thing, Maybe it’s the long ears clouding your judgment. Or maybe you’re both just following the same mantra without thought. Probably both.

  2. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 3 years ago

    The cartoon lacks total believability. It shows both parties in a single room negotiating without the presence of a lobbyist to tell them how to think.
    That said, I agree with every commentator who precedes me here to one degree or another. Every tactic being used by the right was first used by the left, but the right has used it with much more skill and in the last six years, to a greater extreme.
    However, like the banks who drove America into recession, there will be no consequences for the bipartisan plutocrats driving the middle class into poverty while enriching those who will, through superpacs and regular donations, eliminate any good people who want to run in favor of career politicians or those who wish to become same. Both parties are having trouble recruiting intelligent and objective minds because those kind of minds do not wish to descend into the sewage of Washington politics.
    Please write your legislators. It’s the only tool we have.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  3. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, about 3 years ago

    of them all your comment makes the most sense.

    Compromise to a democrat is republicans giving in to their demands and vice versa.
    here is a list of past shutdowns.

    http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2011/04/08/6432513-this-would-be-18th-government-shutdown-in-us-history?lite

    Yep, 17 times already since 1976. Twice in 1995 – though it is generally counted as being in 1996.

    According to the information given in the article, the following is true.

    Carter had 6 shutdowns over his 4 years for a total of 66 days of government shutdown.

    Reagan had 8 over 8 years totaling 14 days.

    Bush Sr. had 1 over his 4 years for 3 days.

    Clinton had 2 over his 8 years for 26 days.

    So the US Government has been shut down for 109 days already and gee, we are still here. You know why? Because a government shutdown only stops NON-ESSENTIAL things. Social Security, Medicare, VA, Welfare, Food stamps debt interest and military pay – a small partial list of mandatory expenditures – continue to be honored in a shutdown.

    Remember, only non-essential people, jobs, programs are affected. Get it??

    NON-ESSENTIAL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    My question is IF they are indeed non-essential, why do we do them in the first place?

  4. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 3 years ago

    The Democrats, of course, will absolutely refuse to consider anchovies. Neither side would ask “Hey, do you guys like pepperoni?” Both sides would rather act like petulant prima donnas and not compromise so that both sides could finally get a pizza.

  5. Dypak

    Dypak GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Deal.

  6. pirate227

    pirate227 said, about 3 years ago

    The only move they have left.

  7. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Mechanic: having been in NPS, and BLM for decades, NPS is a little like “Marine” once in the “green and gray” you always are. The parks are NOT “non-essential” in the least to our existence as a valid nation, that sees the world in a perspective beyond greed and destruction. Which is exactly why “conservatives” who want to conserve nothing, James Watt being their first real poster boy, are so repulsive to any “true” American. In a nation that touts altruism as we instead seek hegemony over all nations, and to quote the Declaration of Independence “nature, and NATURE’S GOD”; if we care nothing for what literally supports all other things in this nation, THE LAND, and nature means nothing, then all other declarations are fraud and hypocrisy.

  8. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Per, the toon, and hypocrisy at it’s source, the fable may be true as we look at our “wars”, against drugs, and “terror”; perhaps it’s true that indeed elephants ARE terrified of MICE, as their great WARS in the actual military sense have been against tiny foes, like Grenada, Panama, Afghanistan (that ‘15th century warrior), and Iraq (totally defanged in ’92 but still put up as a war power a decade later, as an excuse for all out war). And still the elephant with it’s big feet, stomps around in terror, stepping on the wrong foe, or innocent bystanders, and can’t actually “win” the war!


    Now we look at another mouse, maybe it IS a rat, which matters not, the real point is, the herd demands command and control, and in the circus, refuses the help of the bear.


    Hmm, but in the real circus, when the animals perform well, and are well-behaved, we applaud, we don’t insist on euthanasia as “entertainment”.

  9. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Oh well it is a cartoon site!!

    Seems like you’re taking more time to discuss recently. I appreciate hearing everyone’s thoughts, even if I don’t agree.

  10. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, about 3 years ago

    @Bruce4671

    “So the US Government has been shut down for 109 days already and gee, we are still here. You know why? Because a government shutdown only stops NON-ESSENTIAL things. Social Security, Medicare, VA, Welfare, Food stamps debt interest and military pay – a small partial list of mandatory expenditures – continue to be honored in a shutdown.”

    Since none of those things have stopped, what, exactly is your point?

  11. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, about 3 years ago

    “Neither party tries to find a solution and bopth parties add to the suffering of Americans.”

    Exactly.

    So – why pick on the Dems?

  12. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, about 3 years ago

    “Show me the contributors to the Democrats and I bet they are friends of both parties and are contributors Democrats are special to as well.”

    Quite right.

    So – why do you constantly point the fingers at the ‘Dems’?

  13. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    @Bruce4671

    There are a lot of us who think our government should do things like energy research, protect the environment, operate National Parks, and much more.

    As others point out, shutdown is likely to run up the interest on our debt. The maddening thing is that neither side has much coherence. Some, but not all conservatives will not vote for any bill that doesn’t defund Obamacare. Some Democrats are still insisting on more revenue.

    Any compromise will be temporary, so why shut down? Congress is already looking at the mid-term elections, not the immediate issues.

  14. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, about 3 years ago

    Ok, so you have an opinion. One in which you MUST demonize, ridicule or denigrate those that have a different one. You just compared “conservatives” with the “uncivilized”.

    But let’s just jump to your opinion of civilized societies and non essential expenditures.

    How much does it cost to put a “ranger” in a national park? What exactly does that ranger do? How is that ranger in the park more important than repairs on say the San Francisco/Oakland Bay bridge on I-80, or maybe you would rather keep the local boat ramp cleaned up with public funds (public park run by the feds) rather than send FEMA along to Boulder.

    Yes, it IS all about perspective. And you sit there in your basement cubby reading the liberal blogs about how evil “conservatives” are thinking how superior you must be since you desire to maintain federal land for the use (for a fee of course) of “society”.

    Certainly when one has an excess it is laudable that one uses it for uplifting the masses to their lofty level…….

    At this time, you want to live a champagne lifestyle on a kool-aid budget. What is so hard to understand that “conservatives” want to cut waste? If you do not have to be there pushing your paper stack then why are you?

    Just as a side issue, I support national parks with contributions beyond taxes, do you?

  15. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, about 3 years ago

    @Hawthorne

    That IS my point. Everyone is “afraid” of a government shutdown. Obama vows to not negotiate concerning one. He “threatens” the gullible public with missed social security checks, missed VA payments, missed military pay, layoffs of government workers, not making the debt interest payments, and NONE of it is affected by a government shutdown. So why is it that we are afraid of making the government be efficient with the funds we work hard for? If you had a budget manager, would you give that person a credit card with no limit and then tell him that money is no object borrw whatever you need to to run whatever programs you want to regardless of cost of effectiveness? How long before you declare bankruptcy? And why is it that no one thinks debt matters to governments? Ask Greece, Spain, or Germany if debt matters.

    My point was that the things being threatened by the President as a consequence of not renewing Obama’s credit card by increasing the limit on his ability to create DEBT will NOT BE STOPPED.

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