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Pat Oliphant

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  1. filmsgraded

    filmsgraded said, over 4 years ago

    The important thing is that billionaires pay as little in taxes as possible.

  2. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    The acetylene torch is in Boehner’s pocket, and gasoline in McConnell’s tanker parked just out of frame.

  3. Wabbit

    Wabbit GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    I have heard that in Massachusetts the people are very happy with their health care. I have Also heard that fewer voters in that state are for Romney than in most all other states.

  4. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    Those three are the very best the Republicans have to offer — Mr Etch-a-sketch for prez, The Town Crier as Speaker, and McConnell who set the party’s negative single priority for four years.


  5. Litho stone

    Litho stone said, over 4 years ago

    Nice follow up Pat!

  6. explorer543

    explorer543 said, over 4 years ago

    Quick! What percentage of the population is expected to make less than $120,000 a year? . It is certainly a large number, maybe 75%. They will be getting health care coverage for these “costs” and some will be paying a penalty for not having health coverage. This would not be a headline in the Journal, but is HUGE in the Human Events (extra conservative blog). All headline, no story.

  7. Craig Linder

    Craig Linder said, over 4 years ago

    That can be cured by altering the tax code. It’s not an argument for denying 30 million Americans decent healthcare.

  8. meetinthemiddle

    meetinthemiddle said, over 4 years ago


    As someone who lives in MA, I can say the health care plan is okay… We already had the most expensive healthcare in the country by a good bit long before the measure, and since our premiums have generally risen less than the national average.

    As for Romney, you’re right… To call John Kerry a flip-flopper and then nominate Romney… Or to call Obama inexperienced and put Palin on your ticket… Mind-staggering hypocrisy.

    Bringing the threads together, the typical Romney MO – take credit for the health care plan, then try to veto funding the measure before walking out on his term early. As he did to the state he’ll do to the country.

    The only good point of his tenure here was that he didn’t take the salary.

  9. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, over 4 years ago

    There is already an excellent plan; all it takes is to change just two words whenever they occur. Where it says province, change to state; where Canada, change to United States. Problem solved as well as humans can be expected to do.

  10. AlexanderTheGoodEnough

    AlexanderTheGoodEnough said, over 4 years ago

    Just gotta LOVE the Richthuglicons, whose motto these days seems to be “Billions for the billionaires, pennies for the penniless!”

    Rock on!

  11. emptc12

    emptc12 said, over 4 years ago


    That’s very interesting. Something about Romney disturbs me, and I finally figured what it might be — your comment helped put a few missing pieces in place. The following is only my opinion.

    Romney reminds me of a type consultant that companies, having lost their way, tend to hire. They are of a kind: smooth-talkers that give reasonable-sounding advice and in the end take credit for achievements that help only certain people, while greatly harming others. The spreadsheet is their guide, if not their deity.

    I don’t think Romney’s evil, and there is often some real need for business consultants. A business in trouble needs hatchet men from outside to do unpleasant but necessary things. Sometimes a shock to the system turns things around. My company went through this, and almost went out of business in the early 1980s.

    As in Nature’s eco-system, the business eco-system has its predators, prey, and parasites that can jump hosts (Social Darwinism was a hot phrase in the late Nineteenth Century and early Twentieth, used to justify all kinds of management abuses). Even the worst consultants do good first for themselves and incidentally sometimes do good for others. But it seems they often go unscathed if a company fails; and, if they had more of a personal stake in the companies they assist, they might do things differently. They make sure the contract ensures them a profit in any case.

    I am fond of trying to find parallels in history to our present situation. You might disagree if they are valid.

    The following is taken from POETRY AND PROSE OF ALEXANDER POPE, as edited by Aubrey Williams. In the Introduction, he says —

    Alexander Pope lost part of his fortune in the South Sea Bubble, and ever afterward had bad feelings toward the “’ City’ [London] as a center of trade and finance capitalism and abode of ‘the Money-headed and Money-hearted Citizen,’ as symbolic of all the most materialistic motives and values in man, a place where ‘money upon money increases, copulates, and multiplies, and guineas beget guineas in saecula saeculorum’:

    “’There, London’s voice: get Mony, Mony still!/
    And let virtue follow, if it she will.’”

    Sounds like certain types of modern economics, doesn’t it?

    There are cycles in history, and I wish we could use the past to avoid similar mistakes in the present – but there are seldom exact correlations; and thereby lies the excuse, I think, not to take any useful part at all of the lesson. And, as always, “There are none so blind as those as those who WILL NOT see.”

    Maybe that’s the role of certain historians, poets, and artists (especially editorial artists) — to call attention, often in an irritating ways, to villainous situations as they see them. Pope gave this as a reason for writing his satires:

    “Ask you what Provocation I have had?
    The strong Antipathy of Good to Bad.
    When Truth or Virtue an Affront endures,
    Th’ Affront is mine, my Friend, and should be yours.”

  12. SABRSteve

    SABRSteve said, over 4 years ago

    Let’s see, a woman has the right of privacy to choose abortion or not. However, we don’t have a right of privacy as to have health care or not. Stalin is smiling, and Alexander calls Republicans “Richthuglicons”.

  13. pirate227

    pirate227 said, over 4 years ago

    Did he give up on the etch-a-sketch already?

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