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Robert Ariail

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Houdini needed?

  2. Ellen Gwynne

    Ellen Gwynne said, almost 4 years ago

    It’s not either or, it’s both and.

  3. Tue Elung-Jensen

    Tue Elung-Jensen said, almost 4 years ago

    pull the plug? Or open the door and ruin the bathroom.

  4. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, almost 4 years ago

    You mean solutions like social security, which is all that stands between tens of millions of senior citizens and abject poverty?

    Or Medicare, which is all that stands between millions more senior citizens and pain and even death?

    Perhaps others like yourself will then take up the slack and actually “honor your parents” like it states in the bible?

    Up to actually supporting them in a reasonable and dignified manner?

    And seeing the tone of most of your posts here, why should I even doubt your “compassionate conservatism”?

  5. sw10mm

    sw10mm said, almost 4 years ago

    Fitch is saying, cut spending or we cut your credit rating.

  6. uh-oh

    uh-oh said, almost 4 years ago

    Turn off the other guys spending is more like it.

  7. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 4 years ago

    The Doomsday Clock is at 5 min to Midnight.
    Climate Change is one of several reasons, but this cartoon shows another. The willingness to destroy the world’s economy in order for one side to ‘win’ over the other.
    I firmly believe there are hundreds of ways to reduce the cost of government, I’ve seen it being done by people who work in civil service and inspect/audit/review military contracts and methods. This one office of intelligent motivated people, led by a supervisor who believes in the purpose of their mission, has more than paid for their compensation and future retirement in savings they have brought to our nation.
    To tell the world that we will no long pay the bills on money borrowed is dishonorable, unethical, and immoral. It endangers countries. This debt ceiling ‘crisis’ is not the battleground the Republicans should be trying to hold. If this was a republican president, they would cheerfully raise the debt ceiling and then work to cut spending.
    The last time we did this, it raised our cost of borrowing as a nation and increased our debt.
    I agree we need to cut spending, but this is not the place to make that stand.

  8. DGF999

    DGF999 said, almost 4 years ago

    Perhaps if they made a rule stating that they couldn’t attach an unrelated rider to a spending bill?

  9. ARodney

    ARodney said, almost 4 years ago

    Congress does the spending. It’s their debt ceiling, not Obama’s.

  10. lonecat

    lonecat said, almost 4 years ago

    As I understand the situation, the debt ceiling has to do with paying for spending already agreed upon, not new spending. If people want to cut future spending, okay, let’s see a plan and get to work. But paying for spending that’s already been agreed upon just seems fair. If they didn’t want to spend this much they should have made the cuts already. The Republicans have no credibility on this issue.

  11. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, almost 4 years ago

    It really isn’t a good metaphor for excessive spending or raising the debt limit. A better concept would be running out of something you are obligated to provide.
    In this illustration, the House approved the amount of water that would fill the shower without addressing the fixed limits of the budget (which is smaller than the approved spending).
    Regardless, there is no representation in this drawing for revenue, which I assume would be the drain. So a better proposed solution would be to unclog the drain to increase revenue, which again I would assume by this illustration is set to “No revenue.”

  12. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, almost 4 years ago

    There’s lots of places we could turn off spending! Defense, farm subsidies, corporate welfare… but wait, those are full of guys who are big contributors to re-election coffers. So let’s soak the poor instead- if we make being poor hellish enough, they’ll stop being poor and start being rich!

  13. SwimsWithSharks

    SwimsWithSharks GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    The elephant forgets who added all the spending. Clinton balanced the budget, Bush destroyed it.

  14. parkerfields

    parkerfields GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    What can I say? Your picture is perfect, speaking more than thousands of words.

  15. mikefive

    mikefive said, almost 4 years ago

    I’m not quite sure about which part of ScottPMs post you are calling outright wrong, but I found this from Standard and Poors:

    We lowered our long-term rating on the U.S. because we believe that the
    prolonged controversy over raising the statutory debt ceiling and the related
    fiscal policy debate indicate that further near-term progress containing the
    growth in public spending, especially on entitlements, or on reaching an
    agreement on raising revenues is less likely than we previously assumed and
    will remain a contentious and fitful process. We also believe that the fiscal
    consolidation plan that Congress and the Administration agreed to this week
    falls short of the amount that we believe is necessary to stabilize the
    general government debt burden by the middle of the decade.

    The rest of their reasoning can be found at

    I don’t know about the second part of ScottPMs post, but it has become common in recent years (20 or 30?) for Congress to propose increases in spending One group will then propose decreases in that increase and call it a budget cut though there is really not a decrease from the previous year’s budget. Another group screams about the cuts, but in reality does get their increases. Both sides now can go to their constituents and say they were successful. The reality is that revenues seldom meet budget expectations and we wind up with a deficit that we have to borrow money to make up that deficit. Budgetary over runs are also very common and the government borrows more money. Eventually we won’t have a debt ceiling to worry about. We will run into a GDP borrowing ability ceiling the same way Greece did,

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