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Pat Oliphant

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  1. Libertarian1

    Libertarian1 said, about 6 years ago

    The Democrats keep bringing up Bush but conveniently forget Carter who was so bad that a new expression had to be invented to describe his term in office. Misery Index,

    Obama said Bush was terrible but let me spend you into bankruptcy and I guaranty unemployment will not rise above 8%. We are broke, indebted and in deep doodoo and unemployment remains at 9-10%

    Now all Obama is praying for is a turnaround by November 2012.

  2. C. A. Brobst

    C. A. Brobst GoComics PRO Member said, about 6 years ago

    Carter inherited Nixon’s mess. Nixon was a crook. And the debt is entirely Bush, two wars and tax cuts for the rich. And Bush/Cheney is a war criminal. Obama is not doing enough.

  3. coot31

    coot31 said, about 6 years ago

    Ray-gun and Shrub did nothing for me but Obama’s giving great speeches. After which he waits to see which way the parade is going then runs to the front to lead across the finish line. We still have the Patriot Act, Homeland Security, domestic surveillance, Guantanamo, a bigger prison at Bagram, two wars and Bush-Lite. “Hope” in one hand and spit in the other. See which hand fills fastest. As for “Change”, look under your sofa cushions.

  4. cdward

    cdward said, about 6 years ago

    mdavis, that is ridiculous. The tax cuts did nothing, nada, zip to create jobs. That money went straight into the private pockets of rich individuals.

    Curious that when the US was the strongest fiscally, taxes were much higher.

  5. cdward

    cdward said, about 6 years ago

    The point remains, however, that all the Republicans have to offer is the exact thing that got us into this mess. And since they are offering it, and since it’s no different than what Bush offered, it *is* appropriate to bring it up.

    bigstrip is also correct that Obama is being way too meek in his response. There should have been a bigger government response, not smaller.

  6. dfowensby

    dfowensby said, about 6 years ago

    with reagan, i watched friends and neighbors’ businesses collapse, and their homes get taken. with king george I it worsened. clinton bailed us out for several years, then george II drizzled it away. the only drawback is each fiscal horror story was ramrodded through by a democrat congress. it was the democrats in (60%) of the state governments, and in congress that set these annual budgets, folks. the only time there has been a surplus was during a republican congress!!

  7. paulhennig2

    paulhennig2 said, about 6 years ago

    Bravo Pat, This is one brilliant cartoon totally right on to the situation we got right now. If this country doesn’t wake up soon we will be in even deeper trouble than we are now. we will be in the hands of tmen who have no concern or feeling for the well being of our nation and its people..

  8. nighthawks

    nighthawks GoComics PRO Member said, about 6 years ago

    yowsuh! never discount the stupidity of the american voter

  9. Jade

    Jade GoComics PRO Member said, about 6 years ago

    “Curious that when the US was the strongest fiscally, taxes were much higher.”

    • This.

    Curious that a “forced down our throat” (to use Republican terminology for reconciliation) temporary tax cut is now being billed as a “tax increase” even though it was a temporary tax cut. Gotta love short term memory. Isn’t it so convenient. Republicans know better how to capitalize on that lack of memory, that’s for sure.

    “Wow, Obama suddenly magically created all of this debt out of nowhere, look at that budget.” TARP was passed under Bush and those wars weren’t put in the budget. Nor was Medicare Part D. Our DoD budget spiked up about 300%. Yet taxes were “lowered.” Feats of fiscal genius, I swear! Only a moron who hasn’t been paying attention would dare say Obama hasn’t spent like a drunken sailor. Duh. But that unsustainable debt didn’t start in January 2009, regardless of how much Fox News says so.

    “Why don’t we all just admit the obvious: presidents are all men, not gods. It’s up to God and us to save our nation.”

    • God helps those who help themselves.

    Congress will go into deadlock and nothing will get done. Congratulations. Meanwhile our tax dollars just booted out our decorated top air force war hero. Good job.

  10. charliekane

    charliekane said, about 6 years ago

    AMEN & AMEN!!

    Dems ai’nt perfect, but Reps is dithpicable.

  11. NoMo'ol'tomcats

    NoMo'ol'tomcats said, about 6 years ago

    “Now bow down and worship Aqua Buddha.”

  12. ODon

    ODon said, about 6 years ago

    I occasionally ponder where we would be today if McCain/Palin had won.

  13. Bilword

    Bilword said, about 6 years ago

    If McCain and Palin had won you could kiss the Constitution and Bill of Rights goodbye. The religo-nazis would have burned the senate and house and told us the communists had done it.

  14. nrauch

    nrauch said, about 6 years ago

    This is from a comment on a the NY Times column - but this person said it better than I could:

    The periods leading up to 1929 and 2008 were those with the lowest marginal rates since 1900. They were also the period when the richest 1% had the largest percentage of the income of the US. So what happened in 1929 and 2008? Catastrophe!!

    When marginal rates are high the Rich reinvest their companies’ earnings. When they are low, they take the money and speculate.

    During the period 1946 - 1973 taxes were much higher. Marginal rates were at least 70%; they were 93% under Eisenhower. The economy was better than what we now have. For example, median wages went up 3 times as fast as since 1973. Also I recently saw a graph of the national debt as a percentage of the GDP from 1946 to the present. It started high, went straight down until 1973, and then flatten out and in 1980 made a sharp turn and went straight up except for a wiggle during the Clinton administration. CEO’s earned 50 times what their workers earned; it is 500 times today. Staring in 1973, the percent of wealth and income taken by the richest 10%, 1%, and 0.1% has gone up at an ever increasing rate.

    We are now told that taxes were too high during the Clinton administration, and it would be terrible to go back to them, but the economy was better then than what we have now. For example, 20,569,000 million private sector jobs were created during Clinton’s terms while Bush created 417,000 with 2 trillion in tax cuts.

    Give me an example when raising taxes on the Rich hurt the economy. I have just given you two example when the opposite happened.

  15. Kylop

    Kylop said, about 6 years ago

    Sadly this ‘toon is accurate. Its going to work

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