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  1. Mephistopheles GoComics Pro Member commented on Lisa Benson 21 days ago

    @Gypsy8 – You and I are not in disagreement about the need to reduce government spending on the military. And that certainly is one reason the other governments have more money to fund health care.

    But right now the program is unsustainable – Even Obama has started to admit that. We can’t keep piling one entitlement on top of another to level the playing field. We do too much of that already striving for equal outcome rather than equal opportunity.

  2. Mephistopheles GoComics Pro Member commented on Lisa Benson 22 days ago

    No government can survive when everyone thinks they have rights and nobody thinks they have responsibilities.

    The real problem with Obamacare like many Democratic programs is it tries to force those of us who can and do live like responsible adults to absorb the costs and responsibilities for those who want their free government stuff.

  3. Mephistopheles GoComics Pro Member commented on Lisa Benson 22 days ago

    The problem with Obamacare as a Government Program is that it is unsustainable. Even if they got the requisite number of young healthy people to buy in there is so much demand from the unhealthy and the otherwise uninsurable.

    Which brings to the problem with Obamacare as an entitlement. The masses who do not have to pay for Obamacare think they are "entitled’ to first rate insurance without any limitations. Nobody wants rationing of any type so the program cannot keep itself afloat.

  4. Mephistopheles GoComics Pro Member commented on Lisa Benson 3 months ago

    @twclix – But your wrong. I do see a path from here to where I want us to be. And it begins with voting for Trump :)

    Our species hasn’t evolved that far in the last 50 years but our Society has changed. There is a difference. I can adapt to change and have done very well at it. But I don’t have to like it.

    And when I see a change occuring for no other reason then my neighbor thinks there should be one – I get have my voice too.

    And we do still have other collaboritve methods other then government force. Churches, Synogogues, United way, etc. etc.

    We will see if my action is rear guard. Talk to you in November

  5. Mephistopheles GoComics Pro Member commented on Tom Toles 3 months ago

    @Wabbit – As for disability. I went to our local Social Security Office a year ago to get an SS card for my son so he could get his driver’s license. The room was full of young able bodied people sharing and swapping strategies for convincing the local Social Security Office that they deserved SSDI becuase they were too sick or injured to work.

    One little darlin was even noting that her neighbor figured out how to get her daughter on SSDI because they convinced the office that she had mental issues.

    So don’t tell me it’s too hard to get on Social Security Disability – It’s entirely too easy if you ask me.

  6. Mephistopheles GoComics Pro Member commented on Tom Toles 3 months ago

    @Wabbit – About your concern for whether or not the poor support the economy – it is beside the point.

    You want me to accept your premise that it is OK to take money from my community and ship it somewhere else to strengthen someone else’s community. And I won’t. The cities seem to have all sorts of ways to funnel tax payer dollars to their local charities. But we, out in rural America, continue to get fleeced so that the cities are comfortable.

    Those dollars that are taken from me and my fellow taxpayers would have been used to purchase dinners in the local restaurants, cars at the local dealership, feed at the local mill for cattle or sheep, groceries in the local stores. All of those purchases employ locals in my community and keep my community strong. It’s a zero sum game when the Federal Government plays Robin Hood. I know you would like to tell yourself that those tax dollars are just coming from the wicked 1% but they are coming from the hard working 3% and the equally hard working 30%.

    It is wrong!!!! It is Theft.

    I am not an anti-taxer. I support paying taxes for things that benefit all of us: Infrastructure, National Defense, Roads, etc. I don’t support taxes being handed out to those who think work is too good for them.

  7. Mephistopheles GoComics Pro Member commented on Lisa Benson 3 months ago

    @Uncle Joe – Actually I have a dog eared copy of “The Prince” on my desk. I also have a copy of Sun Tzu’s The Ancient Art of War.

    Let’s talk morals for a moment. It isn’t Moral to be generous with someone else’s money. There is no sacrifice or service it taking someone else’s earnings or property and giving it to the poor. Show me in the Bible where Jesus said “Take all of your neighbors goods and give them to the poor”.

    I applaud those who do charitiable work for their community or their country whether it be donating property or giving service of their time and efforts. I teach my kids, my boy scouts and my 4-H youth to give freely of themselves to charitable works.

    I have nothing but disdain for those who would rob their neighbor of his earnings so they can give it to the poor in the name of being moral or decent. And that’s what happens when you rob the producers to give out largess to the needy. You cheapen the very act of giving and then wrap yourself up in your moral superiority that you are kinder to the poor then that rich guy. You don’t know how much money, time, and talent I and my fellow citizens give to the poor but you feel wholly justified in adding to it by taking my tax dollars out of my community and giving it to some other community whether I think it is deserving of charity or not.

    The Federal government has proven itself to be a poor selector of who should receive charity and how that charity should be delivered. The war on poverty has been an epic to the tune of Trillions of dollars failure.

    You want to give to the poor – Go ahead and you will receive my admiration and my blessing. But don’t expect me to support the same charity you do. I choose my charities carefully. I make sure there is low administrative overhead and that the people receiving the money are using it appropriately. The Federal Government does not. Neither does my state government.

    As for Kids in poverty – there are all sorts of programs that make sure the kids are taken care of: Asside from School Breakfasts and Lunches we have a food panty, a clothing drive, a school supplies drive, a Christmas present drive, a Thanksgiving dinner drive and an Easter drive all in my little community. We take very good care of the poor in our neighborhood – And they show up for Church everytime we are handing out donations. Then they disappear until the next freeby opporunity. The worst part is that some of the charitable organizations in our area funnel the excess in our community off to the local city where it goes unappreciated.

    Keep your morals – they are obviously bankrupt!!!

  8. Mephistopheles GoComics Pro Member commented on Tom Toles 3 months ago

    @Night-Gaunt – When you enforce wealth distribution like the Federal Government does now – You steal from some neighborhoods to give to others. The Federal Government puts itself in charge of deciding who is deserving of largess and who is not.

    When money is taken from me to give out somewhere else. That leaves less money for me to spend at Restaurants, Hardware Stores, Gas Stations, etc. Those businesses employ my neighbors and keep middle class jobs going.

    As for the money flowing up. Nobody is forcibly taking it from the 99%. They freely give up their wealth in exchange for goods and services i.e. Groceries, Gas, Cable TV, Cell phone, etc. It is a voluntary transaction. Compare that to the government forcing me and others like me to give to a charity that we find counterproductive and wrong.

    There are ways to help people out of poverty that don’t involve giving them money and making them dependent on the government for their very existence.

    If you want to support the poor by just throwing money at it … Then throw YOUR money at it and leave me and my friends to use our money to help the poor in the ways we think are more successful.

    To be clear – your way isn’t very successful. We have thrown trillions at the poor (war on poverty) since LBJ and we have just as many if not MORE poor then we had back then. Obviously the Federal Government way ISN"T working

  9. Mephistopheles GoComics Pro Member commented on Lisa Benson 3 months ago

    @1941gko – I think Trump has been aggressive and even ruthless in business. And the stories we hear of Hillary Clinton and the unfortunate accidents that befall people who happen to be in her way are legendary.

    But I don’t think morals are what concern you. I think you are afraid that some of the gravy trains are going to be cut off when a conservative gets in power. That really isn’t about morals. It’s about keeping the progressive spigot on.

  10. Mephistopheles GoComics Pro Member commented on Tom Toles 3 months ago

    @Mad4U – I suspected as much. Personally I’m not socially conservative but I understand the need for a vice president who is. Trump needs someone to keep the evangelicals in his camp. He also needs some midwestern credentials which Pence brings.

    I don’t usually associate anti-progressive with a lack of intelligence. Socially conservative, maybe, but not anti-progressive. I know a lot of smart people who are sick and tired of government enforced wealth distribution.