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Robert Ariail

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  1. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, 9 months ago

    Now, children, what lessons have we learned? None, just like the last time? Splendid! Now it’s time to do the true business of Washington: solicit funding. Governance? How quaint.

  2. PICTO

    PICTO said, 9 months ago

    Why are their expense accounts always filed on time?

  3. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 9 months ago

    Read The Fat Years by Chan Koonchung. In this novel, the US economy has collapsed, and the dollar is worth a tiny fraction of the RMB. China owns Starbucks, which now specialises in oolong tea, not coffee. But no one in China remembers the month when everything changed, nothing about that month can be found using Google (since China now owns Google).


    A few curious Chinese kidnap a senior official and ask, and he explains the month was so traumatic almost everyone blocked it from their memory, it wasn’t anything the government did (except to expunge all records so people wouldn’t be reminded and re-traumatised). He says the one thing China must do is avoid antagonising America, which, while broke, is still the most powerful and most dangerous nation on earth: the US is is economically weak and crazy and could utterly destroy China if China ever gave them the slightest excuse.


    In real life, the US remains the most powerful nation on earth. The Republican leadership all knew that the debt ceiling is much too dangerous to actually hit, and the 16 day ‘slimdown’ was enough to mollify the Tea Party majority of the House so that, in spite of the complete capitulation over the debt ceiling, the House Republican leadership managed to keep their seats.


    The markets never feared for one minute that the House would really let the US hit the debt ceiling, and the markets were correct.

  4. D-squared

    D-squared said, 9 months ago

    @Michael wme

    The Tea Party has a minority in the Republican house yet wield more power because those more moderate members are afraid of being ‘primaried’ by well funded (Ie: Koch Bros backed) candidates that they follow along.

  5. Enoki

    Enoki said, 9 months ago

    How’d the wheels stay on that thing?!

  6. Enoki

    Enoki said, 9 months ago

    @Debt Free

    This time he can get one in Economics!

  7. mikefive

    mikefive said, 9 months ago

    @Michael wme

    “…Tea Party majority of the House…”

    The Tea Party Caucus has 49 members with about 31 hangers on. Boehner needs to grow some and use his position to discredit those twits.

  8. donaldo

    donaldo GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    Don’t worry, US. The world knows that it’s just the republicans and the tea-party crazies.

  9. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, 9 months ago

    @Michael wme

    Good comment, Michael. I’ll avoid the book though, I think we may well see the ‘month’ that transitions occurs in a decade or so.
    As long as our subs can’t be traced, we’re safe. If that changes, the game changes to China’s favor, especially since we’re paying them so much for products and interest payments they can afford to court other nations and build their military while we decline on the foreign scene and our young people are too unhealthy or uneducated to do the high tech jobs the military needs.
    Not a good scenario.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  10. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    @mikefive

    “Boehner needs to grow some….”
    Wouldn’t hold my breath. Boehner is a weathervane in a hurricane, pivoting every which way to provide the least resistance.
    And yet he’s still the preferable choice to Cantor. We are well and truly through the looking glass at this point, aren’t we?

  11. mikefive

    mikefive said, 9 months ago

    @The Wolf In Your Midst

    It’s funny, Wolf. I supported some of the tea party stuff when they were doing their demonstrations. They were only demonstrating for three things (I think). I don’t see the tea party twits in Congress as having much resemblance to the desires of those that participated those demonstrations. The twits have extrapolated those things the demonstrators wanted to cover anything (or everything) that regular Republicans and, probably, some Democrats would like to see happen and torpedoed those things.

  12. martens misses all her friends

    martens misses all her friends GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    @DrCanuck

    cora’s post, doncha think?
    ‘‘It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.’’ – Mark Twain

  13. pirate227

    pirate227 said, 9 months ago

    “We have to get something out of this but, I don’t know even what that is.”

    Neither do we.

  14. Stipple

    Stipple said, 9 months ago

    @coraryan

    “engineered….by Obama…”
    Maybe not engineered, but how could he resist allowing them to end their chances of re-election.
    Watch and wait, almost foolproof method for most predators to take their helpless prey.

  15. Enoki

    Enoki said, 9 months ago

    @parkerfuffle

    I think that Obama is humble enough that he wouldn’t want more than two….

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