Pat Oliphant by Pat Oliphant

Pat Oliphant

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  1. leaman100

    leaman100 said, over 3 years ago

    And yet it is a 1000% better than where they are.

  2. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    It never ceases to amaze me how cartoons such as this denigrate our lifestyles, government, culture, social systems as if they were changed by some alien that swooped down and practiced mind control on us all.

    Why is there such a large income disparity between the upper and lower wage earners? Because for years we sat around being fat, dumb and happy and let our politicians legislate the tax laws to their hearts content. Who bought all the cheaper products from overseas and supported the outsourcing of America? We did, right up to the point that our jobs started disappearing, because manufacturing couldn’t compete with cheaper overseas labor and the government did nothing to encourage self sufficiency for America. Who allowed the wars and defense spending to grow to the point that a huge portion of our economy is a nonproductive industry that is crippling our economy? We did, I sure didn’t see the people on the streets like we did over Viet Nam…

    My point is this: we are now locked in a partisan blame fest that accomplishes nothing but “kicking the can” down the road on taxes, spending, education, energy policy, entitlements and the military. We have allowed this, democrats and republicans alike. Pick any administration and you will find they all grow the size and spending of government and become more detached to the real needs of the people and our future.

    Until we communicate what we want to Washington (and your state and local governments) they all blithely bumble along spending wantonly and legislating our lifestyles. We will continue with these chickenshit wars in the middle east until we demand their end. We will waste billions on the military until we demand that it ends. Nothing will change until WE get involved. Write, telephone, email and show up in person to make your voice heard. Our problems and inequities didn’t happen by accident and they aren’t going to be solved until we get truly engaged in the process. Sorry this is so long. Thanks for letting me share…

  3. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 3 years ago

    Sad but true. Our rich-poor disparity is now at banana republic levels.

  4. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 3 years ago


    What a good post Mr. Mickey. How long before others recognize this truth?

  5. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    It won’t be long before we look back and say these were the good old days.

  6. Wabbit

    Wabbit GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    jdpearce is right, I remember read a some where like 10-15 . years ago that this was the GOP plan. They worked hard and suceeded. Now they are poised to make us a 1 party country.
    Another reason I know that is they are saying that the Democrats are the ones wwho are trying to do that. They always use projection as a tactic. We have to stop RED-MAP happening in blue states with red state government. No gerrymandering. !!

  7. wbr

    wbr said, over 3 years ago

    the reason kids do not learn is because “self esteem” is more important than knowledge USA ranks first in $$$ per kid

  8. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Mickey: of course both “Capitalism”, political campaigns, and guns, work best when “well regulated”, and not allowed to run rampant and unrestrained to benefit the few.

  9. prfesser

    prfesser said, over 3 years ago


    A very nice, intelligent, level-headed expression of what rational people would want to believe. The problem is, realistically speaking, there’s not a damn thing we can do about it.
    It would seem to be common sense that everyone would want fair taxes, a fair judicial system, responsible legislators, equal opportunity for education, employment and security. Everyone wants to be able to adhere to the belief system they find compelling.
    No one wants to see people suffer. No one wants to have their lives regulated by a government that is far removed from the realities of life. No one wants to see their friends and loved ones sent off to some distant country to kill other human beings or to be themselves killed – or to return home a different person, scarred by the horrors they’ve had to witness and – unfortunately – even participate in.
    We fall in love with such vague generalities as these because they espouse the ideals by which we all want to live. The devil is in the details.
    For all intents and purposes, each year we have a chance to “change” things. But the changes I’d like to see may not be the changes someone else would like to see. Yet we can both agree to the sentiments expressed in the second and third paragraphs above. Why? Because those sentiments say nothing.
    What is a responsible legislator? Someone who would vote to cut Social Security and Medicare, or someone who would raise taxes to make sure those programs are adequately funded? With the nation gradually acknowledging the rights of homosexuals to enter into same-sex, legally recognized, unions, we find the highest court in the country spending its valuable time deciding whether it ought to be so.
    The state of North Dakota has passed the most restrictive anti-abortion law the country has ever seen – taking a position that even other pro-life supporters find offensive (I am one of those).
    How do such things happen? Because, like it or not, while we agree on the vague principles, how we want those principles enacted differs from person to person. It is like that, it has always been like that, and it will always be like that because of one fundamental truth that no one would want to change:
    We are all individuals who see the world through our own eyes and understand the world with the limited tools at our disposal.

  10. BillH77

    BillH77 said, over 3 years ago

    This is rich coming from Pat. Italy just announced they were going to retry Amanda Knox because they didn’t like the appeal. Cyprus is seizing 40% of all bank accounts. France is having anit-gay rights riots. Russia has been connected to the death of one of Putin’s largest opponents. Germany just announced they are a nation of renters with only the super rich owning buildings.

    The old geezer needs to hang it up.

  11. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 3 years ago


    I have been to several Banana Republics. Sorry your wrong. IN a Banana Republic you have maybe as little as five or six rich families. We are no where near that yet.

  12. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 3 years ago

    Oliphant spelled Completley Comletley. If I did that here the left would be all over me. Double standard.

  13. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 3 years ago


    You win the Post Of The Day!

  14. M Ster

    M Ster said, over 3 years ago

    I agree with the comments by mickey and prfesser, and would like to add a few more:
    When they know their elected positions are safe, politicians will take huge amounts of money from a relative few and do what those contributors want. However, when they think they might lose their seats, they will turn on their contributors in an instant.
    The problem for us voters is that the threshold required to instill a level of fear or insecurity in these elected politicians is very high. A few hundred angry letters isn’t enough. The combination of gerrymandering and predictable, low-information voters creates a safe bubble around far too many of them.
    How do we solve that problem? I wish I knew.

  15. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    Except in Utah.

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