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  1. SCAATY_423 commented on Non Sequitur 1 day ago

    Seriously, there’s a good real-world name out there — the Washington Senators. So they were a baseball team; other cities have had teams in different sports with the same name. (New York Giants, for example.) And unlike Redskins, of either the Native American or spud variety, there actually ARE Senators in D.C., and comparing the performance of the politicians and the football team would make for endless sports-talk jokes.

  2. SCAATY_423 commented on Doonesbury about 1 month ago

    @Mourdac
    Why? Really, why should it matter to anyone?

  3. SCAATY_423 commented on Non Sequitur about 1 month ago

    Ever read Plato’s “Republic”? He argues that medical care should be only for acute, temporary issues such as injuries. Long-term medical treatment of chronic illness is a drain on society for people who will never be fully “well”, and only maintains them in their suffering…Plato thought that it was kinder to let the chronically ill die and be done with it. Think of that as the flip side of today’s strip.

  4. SCAATY_423 commented on Non Sequitur about 1 month ago

    You want intelligence and stimulation on TV? Easy enough. Stop watching reality shows and such and switch to PBS, or BBC America — or even put on Comedy channel to catch “The Colbert Report”. You’ll feel your IQ go up a point for every minute you watch.

  5. SCAATY_423 commented on Pearls Before Swine almost 2 years ago

    “No government employee, elected or not, pays any real taxes.” …Okay, I can’t let this one slide.
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    I was a Federal government employee for 43 years, and I sure as hell paid “real” income and other taxes in every year of that. I imagine you could think of it, in your terms, as a tax on a tax — but one way or another, it’s not merely the bookkeeping sleight-of-hand you seem to think it is. As a taxpayer, part of my taxes went to pay my own paycheck, which gives me a headache just to think about.
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    Your point 4 is simply incorrect, and not in a good way. A growing portion of every dollar used to pay government employees is “created” out of thin air by debt financing, not by direct taxation of the private sector. Will the private sector have to pay for it eventually? An interesting question, which no one has given hard thought to.
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    A further fallacy is that “the government” is taken to be hermetically sealed off from the private sector. It isn’t. Government employees live, die, and spend money in the private sector — money taxed from the private sector is turned right around and spent in the private sector. When you get down to it, that’s the only that government can ever get anything done. (That, by the way, generates what we economists call a “multiplier effect”, stimulating the creation of more jobs and income. This, too, is not just ideological smoke and mirrors, but a real-world commonplace.)
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    I’m not sure what you mean by your point 5, unless you’re trying to represent that government activity has no net “value added” to society — that it puts back only what it takes out, nothing more. Tell that to the people in the northeastern U.S. who will be receiving massive government assistance to recover from Hurricane Sandy. There are activities that are essential to the functioning of society, which government must perform because private individuals or businesses can’t, or won’t, even when performing them makes everybody better off…the fatal flaw in the usual laissez-faire, free-market prescription for everything that ails us.

  6. SCAATY_423 commented on The Boondocks almost 2 years ago

    I love how science fiction becomes fact in ways the writers never thought of, and we never even notice. Cell phones and bluetooth headsets? Star Trek communicators, of course. :)
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    But I still want George Jetson’s flying car that folds up into an attaché case.

  7. SCAATY_423 commented on Red and Rover almost 2 years ago

    Yeah. This strip was set in a time (early sixties) when the western as a cultural icon was running out of steam — or riding off into the sunset? :) — and other kinds of fantasy were taking over.
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    The downside of nostalgia is that whatever you’re fondly remembering is really done and gone, and the memories are all you have left.

  8. SCAATY_423 commented on Pearls Before Swine almost 2 years ago

    We need a pill for Electile Dysfunction. (“If you have an election lasting more than four hours, seek medical attention at once.”)
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    Sure, I stole that gag. I consider that a compliment to whoever thought of it first. :)

  9. SCAATY_423 commented on Non Sequitur almost 2 years ago

    Is it just me? I would bet good money that if this isn’t an actual re-run, it’s a near-clone of an older story arc.

  10. SCAATY_423 commented on Heart of the City almost 2 years ago

    You really want to scare a kid? Tell them, “Look at me…this is you in thirty years! BWAH-ha-ha-hah!!”