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Robert Ariail

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  1. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago

    The US Legislature…best gov’t money can buy.
    Behind the NRA guy is a Union Rep, and behind him is an Oil/Coal company lobbyist, and behind him is some folks from the Banking(too big too fail or prosecute) lobby, and behind him is some folks representing the pharmaceutical industry, followed by Corporate Agriculture and the Dairy association, and the line goes down the street and around the corner.
    Meanwhile, across the street, people who used to make clothes; who fought our wars; who thought they had safe pensions in secure financial institutions; who made furniture, computers and electronics; who just graduated college and others…going down the street and around the corner…are looking for jobs and a hopeful future.
    But the congressmen are ignoring that side of the road. Even though it’s THAT side of the road that IS America.

  2. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago

    If you noticed, I did put union reps in the line, ScottPM. I also agree there are many liberal lobbyists though they don’t have pockets as deep as the ones I did mention. As far as your example of a liberal lobbyist goes, I have nuanced disagreement with your target.
    The gov’t has invested in new technologies and innovations for decades and our nation benefited greatly. Colleges received fortunes in grant money to research projects in which the gov’t had an interest and increased our technological advantage over other nations.
    I am angrier about the bad bets bankers made in financial tools and the BILLIONS wasted in lost pensions and 401ks than I am that Solyndra did not live up to potential, especially since some of that failure came from a reluctance on the part of R’s to help Solyndra get off the ground they way they have helped oil and coal companies with subsidies. Had Solyndra not been a competitor to oil/gas/coal and if the owner had been more friendly to the R’s, the company would have been given much more support. By subsidizing the installation of their solar products on gov’t projects and buildings, Solyndra and like companies could have succeeded.
    I spent three weeks in Germany and saw green energy AT WORK. They saved their environment by investing in their green energy infrastructure. The difference between Germany in 1974 and 2008 is AMAZING!
    We in the USA are poisoning our air and water and the summer smog alerts will be part of our weather reports in another couple of months. Children who live down wind and down stream from industrial centers who benefit from poorly budgeted regulation suffer more autism, asthma, and other illnesses.
    I wish Solyndra had succeeded. If it had, our nation would have benefited just a little bit more from the green energy created and the jobs created.
    Thank you for the reply, Scott. I do agree that there are liberal lobbyists who do not benefit our nation, but I believe US solar panel and wind engine makers would be good for us, our economy, and the world.

  3. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, over 3 years ago

    Simple solution: Remove ALL private money from the political process. Fund the whole thing with public money. Make accepting a single dollar from a private individual or group while employed in a political position an act of treason.
    Of course, we’d sooner see heroin addicts voting for stricter drug laws than see this sort of law passed.

  4. edinbaltimore

    edinbaltimore GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    The small town of Chesapeake in Ohio has been bought and the people moved by AEP due to the decades of pollution from the nearby power plant. Solyndra was also handicapped by our letting the Chinese get ahead of us on solar technology, then undercutting our prices. Solyndra couldn’t compete in an unfair market. Wonder how much contaminated Chinese drywall is still getting here?

  5. edinbaltimore

    edinbaltimore GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    New book, “Sideswiped”, by convicted Congressman Bob Ney. He details how Speaker Boehner told him to quit his 2006 re-election campaign, in exchange for a job “with comparable salary” (lobbyist?), and help with his defense fund. None of this materialized.

  6. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 3 years ago


    Not that this has anything to do with the ’toon:

    Do you remember when Dubya took over and we heard stories about how the Clinton staffers had wrecked office equipment to make it harder on the incoming administration? They even took the letter “W” out of the keyboards in the computers.

    Well, Congressman Ney was incensed, and called for a full congressional investigation. Remember that investigation? No? Didn’t happen. Karl Rove had a little talk with him: seems that the brouhaha was totally manufactured; the first round of “Blame Clinton”. There was nothing to investigate, Evidently Mr. Ney never got the memo.

    Guess he was led down the path more than once by his “superiors”. And he was far enough down the ladder that he got to go to jail for his dealings with Mr. Abramoff. I wonder if he still believes anything they tell him.

  7. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 3 years ago

    Oh, for Pete’s sake. Solyndra? Still? The Federal government has a better record than any private venture capital firm in its investments in green energy. Several hundred successes and two failures. I fail to get angry. Bain capital has a much worse record (though, of course, they profit even if the company is driven out of business, so there’s no incentive to succeed).

  8. disgustedtaxpayer

    disgustedtaxpayer said, over 3 years ago

    as if the Liberal and Leftwingers do not give checks to politicians!!!
    Hollywood Lefties, $millions; Unions, 99% Left-Socialist, checks PLUS election day workers….Greenies give and get federal handouts; CEOs give big checks and get “access” to the White House….
    the NRA is a genuine grass-roots organization; many members and growing; upholding the Constitution and the 2nd Amendment, fighting to prevent Congress from passing laws that trim or nullify gun/ammo rights of the People!
    Go! NRA!

  9. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    “The US Legislature…best gov’t money can buy.”

    There has been such a brouhaha about the amount of money that the NRA contributes to Congress and uses for lobbying that I had a “Geez, do they really spend that much?” moment , did a little research, and was greatly disappointed. I don’t remember the numbers well enough to go back and find them (redo the research), but I remember they were way down the lists. Yet, in these forums and according to the cartoonists it would seem that the NRA distributed money in multiples of the dollars of any other lobbying groups.

    Disappointedly yours,

  10. Jim Guess

    Jim Guess said, over 3 years ago

    I notice that not one cartoonist depicts a check coming from George Soros … but he spends tons of money ‘fixing’ congress.

  11. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    “Several hundred successes and two failures”

    Not to be picky or anything, but somehow I find it somewhat incredible that our government could have such a track record on anything they endeavor. Would you mind sharing your source for this optimistic comment?

  12. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    “Congress must depend on them to hear all sides of every issue.”

    Very true. Information is one thing. It’s when those big checks follow the information I get a little leery of their intentions…

  13. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    “The General Accounting Office, an investigative arm of Congress, said today that ‘’damage, theft, vandalism and pranks did occur in the White House complex’’ in the presidential transition from Bill Clinton to George W. Bush. The agency put the cost at $13,000 to $14,000, including $4,850 to replace computer keyboards, many with damaged or missing W keys.”

    Another factual failure, ansonia. In a typical show of Republican fiscal responsibility, the investigation cost far more than the alleged vandalism.

    “The GSA report finds that nothing unusual had occurred during the transition from the Clinton administration to the Bush administration. “The condition of the real property was consistent with what we would expect to encounter when tenants vacate office space after an extended occupancy,” the GSA report finds.”

  14. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    Thanks, C. Another great post showing actual thought processes.

  15. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    At one time I knew how to navigate the Federal Election Commission’s website and isolate that information (advertising) but forgotten how. I just haven’t had the ambition to struggle through their obscure way of programming their site. Sometimes I think that the government makes it difficult to navigate their sites intentionally.

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